Thursday, April 7, 2011

My First Ethiopian Meal

For months now, I have been dying to try Ethiopian food. I'm not entirely sure where the urge came from, but it's one of the few cuisines I haven't tasted - and I was really ready to change that.

So, when Z purchased the Groupon for Addis Red Sea, we were both eager to use it sooner than later. And this past Tuesday evening, I had my first taste of Ethiopian food at Addis' Porter Square location.

Upon walking into the Addis Red Sea, I immediately loved the slightly Americanized decor with touches of Ethiopian culture, and even some good old-fashioned wit mixed in.

I was also really impressed with Addis' beer and wine menu. After much deliberating, Z and I both decided on Ommegang Abbey Ales ($4.25). 

For our meal, we split the Vegetable Combination for two ($22.95), which came with our choice of four vegetarian dishes. Z did the ordering, since he's had Ethiopian food before and I trusted his choices, so - conveniently - I couldn't tell you exactly what dishes were on this plate. But I can tell you everything was delicious, and incredibly flavorful.

Our Vegetable Combination also came with injera, a light, spongy bread (and handy dandy eating utensil). 

I was surprised at how mild our food was (I expected it to be really spicy, almost like Indian food), but was amazed at how all of the seasonings used in Addis' cooking played so well on my palate. The food was also surprisingly light, and any meal that requires bread as an eating utensil is wonderful in my book. 

I have a HomeRun coupon to Fasika, so that will be my next Ethiopian adventure. After the meal we had at Addis Red Sea, I'm eager to try more Ethiopian dishes and restaurants. 

Have you ever tried Ethiopian food? What's your review?

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  1. Never tried it! looks pretty interesting so I totally would!

  2. I've eaten at Addis Red Sea before. I was so excited to try it but I just can't get past the moist, spongy texture of wet bread :(

  3. @Opinioness, it was definitely different! I really didn't think I would like the injera, but I did - but I can certainly see it being more of an acquired taste. ;)

  4. I've never tried Ethiopian food but B is a HUGE fan of Addis Red Sea!

  5. I've been wanting to try Ethiopian food as well. Glad you had a positive experience!

  6. I love Ethiopian food! Well, maybe it's because I spent time in Ethiopia, came to love the people, and now the food reminds me of the people.

    You might try Lucy's near Symphony in Boston - it's a great little spot!