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Named after the Ethiopian communal serving basket, this place prides itself on creating an intimate atmosphere. Small tables surrounded by embroidered seats are arranged in tight circles to promote closeness. Everyone eats with his or her hands and patrons are encouraged to feed one another. The cooks use traditional ingredients like spiced butter, hot, dried chile paste, fresh hot chile paste, garlic, ginger and cardamom. Dishes include such items as Kifto, beef braised with butter and ginger, and vegetarian items like peas mixed with onions and garlic. Everything goes with the traditional, spongy bread called injera. Large platters of food are to be shared by at least two people.
This is the best of the Fairfax group of African restaurants called 'Ethiopian Row'. The owners here are inviting and friendly and will coach you through the fine points of the many exotic menu choices. Use your injera (Ethiopian spongy bread) to eat all the specialties like Doro Wat and Kitfo. Groups do well here, as the unique food and environment make for lively chatter and relaxing conversation. Even if you have never tried this type of food before, you will fall in love with the many vegetable combinations and meat curries served here.
Rahel Ethiopian Veggie Cuisine is cheerfully decorated. Green parasols with gold-colored trimmings hang from the ceiling. In the middle of the restaurant, multicolored straw tables are surrounded by beautifully carved wooden stools. The staff is very patient and friendly in introducing the food and beverage, and they are also very accommodating. If you get here during lunch hours or a weekday night, fill yourself up with the all-you-can-eat special. Otherwise, get a combo; the Veggie Paradise Combo Special is excellent. To drink, definitely order coffee. Visit website for more details.
The flavors of Ethiopian cuisine come alive in Los Angeles at Meals by Genet. Do try out the beef and chicken prepared with their special spices and Ethiopian butter. The restaurant also offers tofu and vegetable preparations to cater to the vegetarian and vegan palate. The meat and vegetables along with injera, is a wonderful blend of sour and spicy flavors. Located on Fairfax Avenue amidst various other Ethiopian restaurants, Meals by Genet stands apart with its delicious food, elegant ambiance and amicable service.
Azla Ethiopian Vegan is the eponymous restaurant of Chef Azla. She was only a homemaker until her six children choose to become vegetarian and then she was forced to invent fresh recipes to accommodate their needs. The result is this eatery where traditional Ethiopian recipes are tweaked to create novel vegan versions, without compromising on the flavors. Nesanet, Azla's youngest child, helps her and brings vast experience in yoga and business, thus crafting nutritious diets for guests. All dishes are prepared using organic ingredients and guests can also request for gluten-free options. There are a range of combo packages for adults and a special kid's menu for children, accompanied by a lavish dessert spread. Try dishes such as Fasolia and Yatakilt, which combine vegetables like carrots, caramelized onions and curry potatoes. At the boutique adjacent to this restaurant, customers can shop for lentil kits and spices so that they can replicate the vegan experience at home.
Where else other than Africa itself can you enjoy some great, authentic Eritrean and Ethiopian food? That's right, Los Angeles. Take some time to do things that you never have and visit this quaint and authentic restaurant. With delicious delectables such as Dorho Tsebhi, Zigni, or Shiro you can rest assured that it will take more than a hundred men to drag you away from this food. As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti, you'll enjoy a great meal, everytime. Hurry, it's waiting for you!