The wrong address and not remembering the title of a restaurant of Ethiopian ownership and cuisine, is responsible for a taxi delivering me to 1239 Amsterdam Avenue Massawa, while my intent was to return to 947 Amsterdam Avenue, Awash, one that I had visited late last year.
The result was the discovery, upon my visit to Awash the day following my visit to Massawa, that the ingredients andpreparations of Kitfo (raw spiced ground beef) at Awash is far superior to that of Massawa.
Massawa has a comfortable dining area, friendly staff, and a nice Ethiopian beer selection, as well as a bar to sit at with a television that at my visit broadcasted Al Jazeera rather than sports, all pluses with this dining guest.
The Kitfo was not what I had expected, and though all other aspects of my experiece at Massawa were plus, the Kitfo sent me the next day to Awash, for the experience that I had late last year.
Awash's Kitfo price is 15.00 or 15.50. That of Zoma on Fredrick Douglass, blocks away is 19.00, and at Massawa the cost is 17.00.
The dining room of Awash is nice and very quaint and the staff and owner(s) or management are so friendly, and make the atmosphere like you the customer is part of the neighborhood. I had meaning to order the spicy Special Kitfo but ended up with the regular one due to my haste at looking at the menu. Due to this the management brought me a portion of the spiced Kitfo so my visit would be complete.