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My Worst Dining Experience...Addis Red Sea

anais_in_waiting | Oct 6, 2008 07:12 AM

I went to Addis Red Sea on Tremont St. on Sat. night, and don't think I can adequately explain my disappointment, but I will try.

I had only tried Ethiopian once before, years ago, in Central Sq. I remember enjoying it very much.

I've wanted to check out Addis Red Sea for along time, and the only positive thing I can say is that I am glad I went on a random Sat., instead of for a bigger occasion, where I would have been even more disappointed.

For starters, we were starving, and it took at least 30 minutes for our app. to come... and when it finally arrived, it really wasn't that great. It was a meat filled, pastry pocket that tasted like it had been microwaved, and then quickly fried.

We then continued to wait for AT LEAST another 30 minutes for our entrees, during which time our waitress didn't check on us once to see how we were holding up. Someone (not our waitress) came over at one point and told us that our food would be coming 'soon', which wasn't the case at all.... I asked him for a glass of wine... which never came. I asked him again when I was able to get his attention, and it still took 15 minutes.

When our food finally arrived, one entree (the mild lamb) was ok, and the other (the fried fish) was awful.

The fish consisted of about 3 or 4 quarter sized flakes of fried white fish, hidden within a bowl of scraps... yes, it looked like the greasy, burnt, crusty, left-over scraps that are scraped off of a griddle after several uses and tossed in the trash. And it was one of the more expensive entrees on the menu. It looked as if someone attempted to fry a fish on a griddle, failed miserably, and then just scraped up all of the remnants in order to serve SOMETHING.

I'm not sure what the problem was, as we got there early (6pm)... it's not as if they were in the middle of their rush. It's the first time in my life that I have left a 10% tip, and it was well-deserved.

What have your experiences been there? Any suggestions for a better Ethiopian food experience?

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