Ethiopian food in Beijing?
re: Xiao Yang
i ate at ras a couple of weeks ago ... not really a report but just a tidbit.
we had the 4 combo with the split peas, that staple poached carrots/cabbage/potatoes salad, lamb stew, and the chard.
where i come from (san francisco bay area) there are a lot of Eritrean restaurants and their portions are HUGE. measured against past experience, Ras was less flavorful with way smaller portions. i'm used to seeing food piled high onto the injera and at Ras it just looked more like a painters palette. and back in the bay, that poached potato/cabbage/carrot salad thing is usually a (complimentary) centerpiece among the piles. however, everything we had tasted good enough except for the chard which was rubbery and very bitter despite the drizzle of acid. my dining companion doesn't eat a lot and i didn't hesitate to peel the injera off completely.
then there is the show. the dancers - two female and one male - was definitely having a good time (entertaining each other) on the raiser but the music was way too loud - louder than many of beijing's rowdier bars! but props to the dancers, their chin jutting and shoulder rolling skills were impressive.
i had a glass of south african (i think) pinotage that was either really bad or corked. the owner - a very cool guy - offered to change it after an initial no-can-do by the waitress.
this was on a wednesday evening at 830p and the place was pretty much full.
This is what cityweekend lists for the restaurant i think you're talking about:
Never been there though, enjoy!
Pili Pili 比力毕利非洲餐吧
You won't mistake Beijing's first African restaurant for any other eatery: Where else would you walk through a door covered by reeds? Pili Pili literally means "chili peppers," and this restaurant delivers plenty of zing with a menu full of spicy, barbecued meats made according to traditional recipes. Perfect for a Serengeti feast.
Laitai Flower Jie, 22 Xingba Lu
near the end of Star Bar Street