Being a vegetarian can be hard, thankless work—extended family members rarely understand, many restaurants don't accommodate you, and cows still try to devour you every chance they get. Today's Groupon proves that vegetarian eating can be stylish and delicious: for $15, you get $30 worth of family-style vegetarian and vegan fare and drinks at Rahel Ethiopian Veggie Cuisine. This Groupon cannot be used toward the buffet or coffee ceremony.
Voted Best Ethnic Vegan Restaurant in 2009 by Los Angeles magazine, Rahel Ethiopian Veggie Cuisine is run by chef Rahel Woldmedhin, who whips up a menu of fresh, family-style vegetarian and vegan fare using authentic Ethiopian recipes. To start, grab a piece of injera, a thin, sponge-like sourdough flatbread used in place of utensils to transport delectable treats to taste buds. The yefasolia wet combines steamed vegetables with garlic, ginger, and turmeric ($9.95), and the yemiten shiro wot pounds powdered chickpeas into a red-pepper sauce seasoned with assorted spices ($10.95). For groups or those with additional, surgically implanted stomachs, combination specials such as the Vegan Feast, a mix of 11 items, including five stews, chopped tomatoes mixed with onions and jalapeños, and sunflower mixed with injera ($14.95 for one person, $28.95 for two people) offer a little bit of everything. Pair plates with sweet Ethiopian juices and teas, or finish off feasts with a vegan dessert.
Intimate and warm, Rahel Ethiopian Veggie Cuisine's interior pleases eyes with walls dressed in paintings and African artwork and a ceiling dotted with decorative, upside-down umbrellas.
Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
As a dedicated vegan, the eponymous owner of Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine, Rahel Woldmedhin, foregoes traditional meat and fish dishes for completely animal-free feasts that have helped the eatery win “Best Ethnic Vegan Restaurant” in Los Angeles Magazine. Inside the spacious dining room, forks and spoons grace the tables, though they’re not necessarily the utensils diners should turn to first. Traditionally, Ethiopian feasters scoop up their food with injera bread, and it's no different at Rahel, where the menu consists mainly of vegan wot—a hearty stew and the perfect match for the soft and spongy injera. Diners can dive into 10 types of wot, chockfull of chickpeas, lentils, and potatoes, and sip on traditional drinks, such kombucha tea or 3D—a combination of suff, telba, and besso that CBS Los Angeles calls "addicting."
1047 S Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90019