So having read about Fassica in this hallowed chunk of cyberspace, some friends met us for dinner there last night. When the 'hounds say "across the street from Sony Pictures" you really MEAN it, I practically could spit on the gates.
At 1930 hours, when we arrived, it was totally deserted. Not a good sign -- but within ten minutes of our being seated, it was nearly full.
We ordered the Fassica Special plate for two, which included doro wat, beef tibs, lamb, and various vegetable stews, served (of course) on injera, with baskets of injera to use as utensils (though there were forks, knives and spoons on the table).
The meat was very, very good; the vegetables were uniformly underspiced, though the hostess explained that so many non-Ethiopians come through the restaurant and complain about the spiciness that she had to tone it down -- next time we will order it extra spicy.
The good thing was the price -- the platter for two, which is really enough to feed three, was $22.00, no extra charge when we commandeered an extra basket of injera.
Is it as good as Nyala or Meals by Genet? No... but it's closer to the Westside, the service is a lot more gracious, the coffee is better, and the prices are better. They have a $6.95 AYCE buffet weekdays at lunch which sounds like an astoundingly good value.
We'll be back, since we have friends that live on Motor and Venice who whine about driving to Little Ethiopia.
Fassica Ethiopian Restaurant
10401 Washington Blvd., NW corner of Motor Ave.