So, in our last installment, the salivating chowhounds were scarfing Malaysian food at Penang..Before that, over dinner at Ho Yuen Ting, they had discussed two things;
1)That the next chowdown might be Ethiopian, Addis Red Sea, or that place in JP,
2) 9lives suggested this sort of feed might be institutionalized, say, on the second Tues of each month..The hounds lustily barked in agreement...Of course, the second Tues in Feb is a LONG way, Feb. 12, which is also the lunar New Year...Will this prove a problem to any hounds? Would you prefer Feb.5? Will this be enough advance notice? Does anyone hanker for a New Years Banquet? Is anyone brave enough to order it? (using Melanie Wong's guideline from the SF board?)...
But getting back to the initial question...We had discussed Addis Red Sea in the South End..I also looked up some reviews for Fasika, in JP. There is another place in JP, called Sagla, that has no bar. I have not checked to see if it could be BYOB, but it all honesty, it sounded better for a lunch...Addis Red Sea is in the South End, which might be kinda fun, since we could then stroll, or troll, for trendy cocktails..(There are some hounds, and YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, who know all the good bartenders...)
However, here are multiple links to two options...and two dates to consider..raise one paw for yes, thump your tail twice for...Oh go on, whaddyah think???
Addis Red Sea Reviews:
The 12th is good for me, the 5th OK, the 6th difficult.
On the whole, Fasika sounds better to me than Addis Red Sea, whose menu seems to emphasize green peppers, which I can't eat. Then again, Fasika may be just as pepper-intensive, for all I can see. So either way.
I like the idea of New Year in Chinatown too. Also dim sum, even though wrayb has (sniff!) abandoned us.
Am I being too flexible? OK, I vote for Fasika. Delicious as we find Chinatown, a change of continent would do us all good.
I would love to dine with my fellow Boston Hounds but I have to admit I'm a little weary of eating at a place with optional utensils. (Addis) Being as we do not know each other very well sanitation reasons come to mind. I would rather dine at another location or we could all agree to use utensils at Addis would be great! I hope I do not offend anyone by posting this message.
The other hounds may or may not choose to go to Addis Red Sea, but speaking for myself, I think it would be the height of non-houndness to ask for untensils in a place where it is the custom to not use them. I think the only people who'd be offended are the rest. owners. A key component of an Ethiopian meal is a hand-washing at the table...A number of other hounds had expressed interest in Ethiopian food in the past, and I am very interested in trying it also. If we go, I will be eating with my hands, and hopefully, doing it like a pro!!