For $15, today's side deal gets you $30 worth of Ethiopian food and drinks at Ethiopiques, located in the Garden District. Ethiopiques' menu simmers with the traditions of the Ethiopian kitchen, infusing hearty spices into meaty and vegetarian dishes that are swept onto tongues with injera, a traditional spongy flatbread. As chandeliers flicker overhead, indulge in an order of crunchy chicken or vegetarian sambusas ($4.50) before taking tongues for a victory lap in the vegetarian alicha kehk ($10), a yellow-pea stew accented with cardamom and turmeric. Generously portioned entrees sate diners with kaleidoscopic flavours—the meat platter of sauces and sautés ($16) escorts spicy meat stew, mild lamb stew, steak tartar, collard greens, and more to your table for sharing amongst friends or achieving epicurean nirvana, solo-style. As the spices and flavours mingle on your palate, sip on one of Ethiopiques’ fine wines and ponder the difficult dessert choice of chocolate mocha cake ($4.25) or tiramisu ($5.50).
During traditional Ethiopian meals, diners typically eschew silverware, instead using pieces of spongy, sourdough injera bread to scoop stewed meats and vegetables off a communal tray. At Ethiopiques, this selection includes spicy blends of simmered red lentils, raw or rare steak tartare with fiery chili powder, and sautéed lamb with caramelized onions and fresh rosemary.