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Jul 5, 2006 10:46 PM

Somali food

I posted this message to the California board by accident (though I guess it is relevant there too): 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...

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  1. Someone recently posted something about an African restaurant in LA -- Ngoma. Check out the menu -- there might be some Somali dishes you are lookin for - but it looks to be more regional than country specific.

    1. 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?

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      1. re: jenn

        There's an Eritrean place on the NW corner of Ball and Dale in Stanton (or maybe it's the waaaaaaaaaaaay western reach of Anaheim, not sure).

        1. re: jenn

          I believe that Eritreian is/was the "Red Sea Restaurant", 6001 Washington Blvd., Culver City (310) 202-7425.

          I would guess along with you that one's best bet for Somali may be at an Ethiopian restaurant and not Ngoma.

        2. Cool, thanks. I'll post if if I find anything out...