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Dukkem report

Steve | Feb 21, 2003 12:12 PM

This Ethiopian place is between 11th and 12th on U st, and is a handsome spot for dining. Would even be swank if not for the large projection TV image - sound turned off praise be.
Had a vegetarian platter of seven items. Also included the option of adding fish (for only 2 bucks!) and ordered doro wat.
The platter included pleasant portions of greens, tomatoes, yellow split peas, and cabbage. The other three items were anonymous ground up spicy sauces which were only slightly different in taste. On further reflection, they must have gotten the order wrong, because I could not tell the 'lentils' from the 'potatoes' from the whatever the third thing was supposed to be.
The star of the show, though, is the fish. It was a crispy, deliciously spiced croaker, served whole, which was slashed tic-tac-toe fashion enabling us to simply pull the meat away in sqaures. One of the tastiest pieces of fish I've ever had. And sooo cheap! Finger lickin' good. The fish can be ordered by itself, too.
The doro wat was thicker and richer tasting than the ones I've had in Adams Morgan, and not as pleasing.
I would definitely go back, but do a more custom order on the platter, one portion of the spicy foods was enough since they all tasted alike anyway. And of course... the fish, the fish, the fish!

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