Review: Abyssinia

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 31, 2011

There are several choices of wots, which are stews. The doro wot ($7.95/$11.95) contains chicken that has been marinated in lemon juice. It's tangy and quite spicy-hot from berbere sauce, which most dishes have, including those with collard greens (gomen wot, $4.95/$7.95), lentils (yemsir wot, $5.95/$8.95), and ground chick peas (mittin shiro wot, $4.95/$7.95), which are misidentified as split peas on the menu.

Your best bets here are the combination plates, in both meat and vegetable versions. They are priced, respectively, $10.95/$15.95 for one and $17.95/$25.95 for two; and $8.95/$12.95 for one and $14.95/$20.95 for two.

For a meat combo I chose yesega alcha, beef cubes in a mild butter sauce, tasting of ginger and tumeric, and key wot, beef in a flavorful, spicy sauce. A shaker of a traditional seasoning mix, whose main aroma is something like cloves, is on each table, for ad hoc experimentation.

Explore the exotic. Abyssinia makes for a cheap, tasty date. Soon they'll have an off-the-beaten-breakfast menu, too.

Bill Rodriguez can be reached at bill@billrod.com.

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