In Ethiopian dining, bread not only serves as an accompaniment to cuisine, but as a utensil for scooping and glove for shaking hands with the fire that cooked your meal. Scoop up Ethiopian fare with today’s Groupon to Nile Ethiopian Restaurant on Georgia Avenue. Choose between the following options:
*For $7, you get $14 worth of Ethiopian fare for lunch, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. *For $15, you get $30 worth of Ethiopian fare for dinner.
Lunch and dinner share the same menu, and lunch items are half priced and arrive in smaller portions.
Nile Ethiopian Restaurant dabs cosmopolitan palates with dishes from the Horn of Africa as diners stew in Ethiopian music. Starters such as the vegetable sambusa ($1.99) arouse slumbering tongues for dinner entrees such as the Nile tibs, tender cubes or Mobius strips of beef ($11.95) or lamb ($12.25) with jalapeños, garlic, and sautéed onions. The kitfo ($10.95), extra-lean beef seasoned with butter, chili powder, and herbed butter sauce, can be served raw, medium, or well-done. Ethiopian fare is traditionally eaten with injera, a crêpe-like bread that, like a soup ladle carved out of bouillon cubes, acts as an edible scooping utensil.
Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
Paintings by a local Ethiopian artist, servers clad in traditional Ethiopian dresses, and the signature spice blends of turmeric, fennel, and cardamom help patrons to immerse themselves in a traditional Ethiopian dining experience. Instead of silverware, diners use disks of injera, a spongy flatbread, to scoop up mouthfuls of the flavorful lamb, lentil, and fish dishes that emerge from the kitchen. Although the chefs keep their flavors close to home by making cottage cheese in-house and evaporating seawater in the ovens to make salt, they also seek out Ethiopian beers and wines for even more authentic flavors from the Horn of Africa.