We went there last night to celebrate my "A" in my online Nutrition Class (pat self on back).
It was AMAZING. Nowhere on Fairfax have I been presented with such a delicious variety of Vegetarian dishes-and non veggies will love it too! (I'm not vegetarian, but I like a veggie meal done well.)
It was far less crowded thn new crowd fave Messob, whcih was a plus, and we were greeted increadibly warmly by the owner, who in fact used to own Messob.
I never noticed the upgrade of the interior, whcih still isn't as flashy as other places...but the seat in the window has the most comfortable chairs on the street.
We sat down, and on our waitress's aadvice, ordered the Hudade Special Combo for two (there are a-la carte and another combo available. we got AT LEAST shiro wot, split lentil stew, yeaklit stew, split pea stew, string beans and carrots, split pea powder cakes in a stew, collard greens, a spicy broad bean paste, stuffed peppers, tomato/onion salad, sunflower with injera and salad, and I frankly think she slipped in a few more dishes.
I drank a "3d"..which is a sweet drink made from blended sunflower, flax, barley and agave (non alcholic). My boyfriend drank straight up barley drink. YUMMY and sweet and creamy, made fresh (I heard the blender going.) Rahel serves no alcohol, but you don't miss it.
The combo came out in less time than any dish has been served to me at any resteraunt on the street, I was amazed! Everything was hot, fresh, and FABULOUS. I especially liked the chick pea cake stew, the broad bea paste and the green bean stew...but everything was amazing-including the injera.
The owner is included among the amazing things. There was a couple trying Ethiopian for the first time, and Rahel kep bringin out dishes for them to try. I actually heard the man say e was so full, but he just couldn't stop.
Rahel also serves some fabulous looking vegan desserts-that night she had german chocolate cake, cheesecake, lemon cake, and apple pie. I couldn't eat another bite, but next time I have to try dessert, and the soup!
We got out for under $35, and were STUFFED!
I overheard Rahel saying they need more customers. I'd hate this place to go the way of Langano-because I want to go back and have more! Next time you want good Ethiopian, give it a try!