Thursday, November 08, 2007
After making my way through Los Angeles traffic, with my little box of mini cakes from Kiki Bakery in hand, I met up with my friend E(L) at Messob Ethiopian Restaurant in the heart of LA's Little Ethiopia neighborhood.
How much do I love that LA has a Little Ethiopia?
The inside decor was pretty nice with the straw hut and tables.
I forgot to charge my camera so photos were taken quickly and sparingly. We ordered a tej (Ethiopian honey wine) for $4.50. Tastes like what it sounds - a honey-sweetened wine.
We ordered a veggie and meat combo.
The injera (Ethiopian bread from fermented teff flour) is key to my enjoyment of Ethiopian food. At Messob, the injera wasn't too sour and was lightly spongy.
Ethiopian cuisine is eaten with the hands. Tear a strip of injera and wrap it around various veggies and stews.
The $14.99 vegetarian combo included yatakilt alitcha (Ethiopian steamed vegetables with onions, garlic, and ginger), yemiser wot (Ethiopian split lentils in red pepper sauce and spices), collard greens steamed and seasoned with garlic and chilies, pumpkin, salad, tomato fit-fit (Ethiopian shredded and spiced injera).
The $13.99 three-meat combo included doro wot (Ethiopian chicken stewed in pepper sauce with spices), siga wot (Ethiopian beef braised in red pepper sauce with assorted spices), and yebeg siga alitcha (Ethiopian lamb stew with garlic, ginger, and spices). I think the wots could have been a little bolder, more spices, but overall were very good.
The baklava came free with the vegetarian combo.
If you've never had Ethiopian food before, do try.
Messob Ethiopian Restaurant
1041 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
10% off Monday to Thursday with website coupon