I went with a vegetarian friend to Blue Nile and got the "JP Veggie Combo (choose 4 dishes) for two ($20).
I think it's so funny how white people always feel the need to fawn over injera and assert how much they love it. I mean, sure, I love having a large material with which to scoop up good stuff into mini burrito-like situations, but the particular material in the case of Ethiopian food is all but flavorless, the thin spongelike carb of the country known for death by starvation. It is nice that it soaks the juices of the food up, but still, it doesn't actually taste good itself.
We had the lentil, and it was delicious. I was very happy about all that fresh cilantro it came with.
The Misir Wet was great, but next time I'd ask for it to be spicier.
The Yatakilt Wet was very nice, and it was good to have a good chunk of veggies thrown into a starch-heavy situation.
The Yekik Alicha was like a big heap of delicious split pea mashed potatoes.
The Gomen Wet was nice, again with the yay for vegetables.
I finally went back with a meat-eater.
Finally, on my third visit, I got meat and veggies.
|Doro Wet, Ali Wet and Veggies 6-11|
Success! The only thing is, if you want spicy, make sure you look them in the eye and say, "No really, I want spicy."