Where’s The Food Club (WTF) is back for round 2!
This week the winning cuisine vote went to Ethiopian, we threw a dart and Yelp suggested Ras Dashen. 57 reviews, one $ out of five, and a solid 4.5 stars provided the group confidence that this restaurant would meet our “high” expectations. Not two minutes into our reservation a friend asks the general group, “So, this is like Indian food, right?” (We obviously do our research beforehand). This guide, by the Houston Press, provides great background information for your first Ethiopian dining experience. I wish prior to dining I’d known what the Injera (bread) was and why we used it as our utensil.
The Injera is made from Teff flour, it’s naturally gluten free and provides high levels of iron, , fiber, and calcium, and it’s almost a complete protein. The Ethiopian culture is onto something, health benefits from your utensil AND no silverware to wash after dinner. I was wary beforehand, but count me as an injera convert.
To make things easy on our dining staff we ordered 3 large combination platters that included meat and vegetables and a round of appetizers. Our platters included cuts of lean beef or chicken cooked in Ethiopian butter, with onions, peppers, jalapeños, and herbs, and a variety of sautéed greens We also sampled all of the lentils that were seasoned in garlic, ginger, and herbs. I wish I could tell you in detail what was spicy or had great texture, but the beauty of family style is the fact you have NO idea, and you’ve just gotta go for it.
We tried to fit our leftovers in a single to-go box with little success the first try.
10/10. Would go back. Much like. Staff be fun.