Eating international fare locally eliminates the woes associated with trans-Atlantic travel, such as jet lag and oar splinters. Stamp your palate’s passport with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Ethiopian cuisine and drinks at Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant.
Steeped in savory spices, the authentically prepared meats, vegetables, and proteins at Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant send a medley of flavors drifting through the air. Huddled over round, woven traditional tables that double as Hot Wheels racetracks during off-hours, diners nosh family-style, scooping up both mild and piquant morsels with the tangy, spongy bread called injera. The sautéed spinach base of gomen ($7.99) teems with red onions, green pepper, garlic, and spices, and pureed peas mingle with spicy red-pepper sauce in the kik alicha ($7.99); the vegetable combination platter ($10) ropes in all seven dishes on the vegetarian menu. Garlic and ginger infuse the chicken doro wat ($9.99), and the fish banatu's grilled fish flops onto a richly seasoned chickpea sauce ($10). Ethiopian beers and sweet honey wine wash down the riot of flavors as authentically as a glass of rainwater shipped from Addis Ababa.
Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
Passersby often stop outside Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant’s storefront window to peer in on the unusual dining-room setup. Elaborately woven baskets sit beside wooden chairs festooned with colorful cushions; each of these baskets cradles the slightly sour Ethiopian bread known as injera.
Injera is literally the basis of Ethiopian cuisine—its spongy surface lies flat across plates to welcome dollops of curry chicken, ginger- and garlic-seasoned lentils, and sautéed cubes of lamb. To wash down these eats, Abyssinia’s staff ships in Ethiopian beers and wines. House red and white wines are also available, and the staff takes care to ensure that each was aged, according to tradition, in the cellars of red and white houses.