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Walia (Ethiopian) in San Jose

alopatenko | Jul 23, 2012 10:35 PM

I visited Walia in San Jose over this week-end and I was very impressed. We tried all Ethiopian around and this one is an outlier
my review... (reviewed it for big Y)

This is definitely the best Ethiopian restaurant that I have been to. While my previous experience at a different establishment proved to be, while interesting, undeniably sub-par, THIS place thoroughly impressed me. Upon entrance we were greeted by a calm and charismatic employee who managed to distribute his attention throughout all the tables. He gave us a brisk walk through the menu and left us to ponder on what we were going to order. The staff had their timing nailed, because our order was taken in a few moments after its conception. Our first course, the sambusas, was cooked perfectly. The outside crust was crispy ands little chewy, but not brittle and oily. The fillings were flavorful and pleasantly spicy. The two main courses, a wonderful lamb stew and a dish with the name Mojo Zilzil Tibs, were no less magnificent than the appetizers. The lamb was soft flavorful and spicy. The second dish was strips of beef cooked with sautéed onions and green chiles. The beef was superb, the onions had a nice smoky flavor to them. I was most surprised about the chile, which was subtly sweet instead of the expected mouth-blisteringly hot. The injera on which all of this was served was not dense and heavy, but airy, soft, and with its own flavor. Color me impressed.

Could you recommend other North African places in the South Bay/Peninsula?

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