I posted this message to the California board by accident (though I guess it is relevant there too): http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/.... I'm basically wondering if anyone knows of any restaurants serving Somali food in L.A. (the closest I can find is San Diego). Thanks in advance...
I've been to Ngoma and while quite tasty, when I was there the food was more of West Africa and maybe Kenya than further north. I find the food from West Africa to be quite different from East Africa.
I don't think I've heard of any Somalian restaurants but given that I just found a Mongolian one, I'd keep looking if I were you. I would guess that you would come closest by checking the Ethiopian places on Fairfax. At one time, there was an Eritreian [sp] restaurant on Washington [?] in Culver City. We like the food and observed that it was similiar but not quite the same as Ethiopian food. But when we drove by it last, it had changed to plain Ethiopian leading me to suspect that enough people didn't stop there because they didn't know what Eritreian food would be like but everyone know Ethiopian so they switched over.
Anyrate, I'm thinking that perhaps some of the Ethiopian places might prepare Somali dishes?