There’s no end, it seems, to the number of restaurants in the area dishing up doro wat, kitfo, and other specialties of the Ethiopian kitchen. What, then, separates this bistro from the rest?
Shopping, mostly. Owners Samuel Ergete and Meseret Bekele source better-quality meats than the competition, and it shows up and down the line, but particularly in the various preparations of tibs, an Ethiopian stir-fry of lamb or beef that calls to mind fajitas.
There’s more care taken at the stove, too—notice the sprigs of rosemary in the lega tibs, lending an unmistakable perfume to a sizzling skillet of sliced lamb and jalapeños. Spring for the kitfo, a fantastic mound of lightly spiced raw, chopped beef. If you’re squeamish, just think of it as the French do: as steak tartare.
- Timatim (salad of tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños)
- Azifa (lentil salad)
- Doro key wat (a chicken stew)
- Yebeg alitcha wat (lamb in turmeric sauce)
- Awaze tibs (prime beef in berbere sauce)
- Mesir wat (split lentils)