Injera, a traditional Ethiopian flatbread, is often used in lieu of a dish, freeing up plates to be used as canvases for midmeal portraits of the chef. Clean plates and then eat them with today's Groupon for Ethiopian dinner fare at Habesha. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get one appetizer (up to a $6 value), the Habesha Combo for two (a $32 value), and two desserts (a $12 value; up to a $50 total).
- For $49, you get two appetizers (up to a $6 value each), the Habesha Combo for four (a $64 value), and four desserts (a $24 value; up to a $100 total).
Habesha encourages diners to embrace the Ethiopian tradition of communal dining, igniting dishes with indigenous spices and encouraging gursha, a tradition in which tablemates feed each other as opposed to playfully imitating each other with handfuls of meat. Begin jaw-powered journeys with appetizers such as a plate of pastry-like sambusas packed with lentils and green peppers or ground beef. The Habesha combo for two collates samples of seven Ethiopian dishes, including doro wot, a chicken-leg stew with cardamom and ginger root, and yebeg alicha, juicy lamb soaked in herb butter. The four-person combo adds three additional entree teasers to satisfy a small family gathering, double date, or trifecta of obedient clones. Tiramisu, tapioca pudding, or baklava brings a sweet conclusion to the savory adventure.
Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant
Habesha's chef throws succulent cuts of lamb, chicken, and beef into simmering skillets bathed in the traditional, spicy wot sauces, all served family style to be dipped into with handheld bites of spongy injera flatbread. The communal dining style encourages patrons to forge bonds with fellow diners without having to weave napkins into friendship bracelets. Each ripped portion of injera soaks in sauces while securing bites of seafood, split red lentils, and traditional lamb. Ethiopia's distinct culinary flavor centers on wot, a pepper-based stew infused with Ethiopia's signature spices, berbere and mitmita, that enlivens vegetable or meat entrees with a potent kick of rich, complex flavor. Beams of light muted by patterned hanging lamps add an aura of quiet camaraderie to feasts, with happy conversations bouncing off of the exposed-brick walls.
1809 Minor Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98101