Eating international fare at a local restaurant bypasses many transatlantic travel woes, such as jet lag and oar splinters. Stamp your palate’s passport with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$20 for an Ethiopian meal for two (up to a $39.40 total value) $40 for an Ethiopian meal for four (up to an $79.80 total value)
- One appetizer per person (up to a $5 value each)
- One entree per person (up to a $12.95 value each)
- One dessert per pair (a $3.50 value each)
The menu includes appetizers, such as vegetarian sambusas with sautéed lentils and jalapeños inside a pastry shell, and entrees including beef tartare with herb butter and cardamom as well as red lentils in a spicy berbere sauce. The dessert selection includes Ethiopian-style baklava with chopped nuts and honey.
Flavor and texture are integral to more than just the entrees at Axum Restaurant. Entire tables' orders emerge on communal serving platters, blending the aromas of collard greens with those of housemade cottage cheese, sautéed beef with rosemary and herb butter, and lamb shanks in fiery berbere sauce. Diners sop up the spicy, savory fare using scraps of injera, a spongy flatbread, in place of silverware or food-filled Super Soakers.
The cuisine is offset by the dining room’s relatively austere ambiance, where fuchsia tablecloths add a vibrant pop of color to the space's soothing neutral tones. Pendant lamps hang directly above the bar area, illuminating the bartenders as they pour Ethiopian beers and uncork bottles of honey wine, which is made in-house by drilling into the subterranean honey reservoirs.