Dropped by this place with my SO on Friday night after reading Kliman's column this week, which had me ravenous by the time I was done.
First off it's just a beautiful space inside, hands down the most comfortable Ethiopian place I've ever been to. The column talked abut this, but even so it was hard to picture. You'll know what I mean, if you've been to some of those dim, dingy places around town. The crowd was interesting and varied, everybody seemed to be having a good time. Really nice, relaxed vibe. There's even a pretty decent wine list.
Now ... on to the chow! It was fantastic, even better than I'd anticipated. We shared the lega tibs, which was cut-up pieces of lamb in a really rich and peppery stew. Unfortunately I don't really have the vocabulary or the knowledge of Etiiopian cooking to describe what I ate properly, but this had to be the most succulent, most satisfying dish I have ever had in an Ethiopian restaurant. Spicy but without being hot, rich but without being oily and heavy. We had another beef dish that I don't remember the name of, but it came with tomatoes, onions and peppers. Not quite as good as the tibs, but excellent in its own way. They don't give you a lot of vegetables, unlike at a lot of Etiopian places, so we ordered the gomen, which is the greens, and the potatoes and carrots. Both were just great -- again, similar to the tibs in that they were rich without being oily and really fresh tasting. You felt that you were eating real, fresh vegetables, not something lying around or canned.
We were full by this point but made room for the coffee. They give you two small cups and the brew is real thick with lots of dark-roasted flavor, and lots of sediment at the bottom. A wonderful way to end the meal. Can't wait to go back!