As a CH who loves to try new places and having never been to Fasika - I was really excited to try their food. I've gazed at their menu many times and finally went last night. I feel I have a high tolerance for various flavors and long ago, having eaten at an African restaurant on Nicollet (specific to a certain region) that is now closed, and the other Ethiopian restaurants around the area---I knew of the berbere and heat, and was hoping for the same at Fasika.
First, the flavors. I loved the heat of the berbere...but (and correct me if I am wrong), I don't remember berbere being SO incredibly oily. I mean, it was really really bad. I used a host of napkins to suck up the oil before dipping my injera in it. I don't recall this at any other Ethiopian restaurant I'd been too before.
Second, for $11.50 - I thought I'd get 3 or 4 chicken drummies as opposed to 2. I'm not necessarily looking for American-sized portions, but 2? For all the basted sauce, it seemed overdone in berbere sauce covering 2 drummies. I don't mean to sound cheap-but???? compared to other venues for the price and quality, I was a bit bummed.
Third, no salad and only 1 hard boiled egg (indicated plural eggs...so I was thinking two)....which again, for $11.50, seemed a bit strange.
Lastly, Fasika needs to update their menu and pricing. I know the economy has struck everyone and I don't mind-but the price on the website has changed...from 9.25 to 11.50 for doro wot (the chicken).
Some of my complaints are minor--but honestly? The oil was the first and foremost..never been like at Dukem or Blue Nile...
I definitely choose them over Fasika next time I'm for the craving.