Need a new Ethiopian Restaurant
I am looking for a good Ethiopian Restaurant in Oakland.
We used to go to Asmara but their food food was always lackluster for me. None of the flavors really stood out and the spicing was always too light or muddled. A friend claimed it was because they owners are Eritrean and their cooking style used more tomato and different spicing.
Cafe Coluci solved that problem but now it has gotten so loud and tight that is is just not pleasant to eat there any more.
Does anyone have any good suggestions for a replacement??
I'd say Addis or Finfine.
Of course if you're in the South Bay definitely check out Zeni. When I lived in the East Bay I was on a mission to try every East Bay Ethiopian restaurant. I tried about 7 or 8, went to Zeni (which yes, was outside the geographical boundary), and then stopped my quest because I'd found my grail.
Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant
1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
2556 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Ennssaro in Oakland on Grand Ave. is our go-to place. We tried all the Ethiopian restaurants in Berkeley and Oakland before settling on Enssaro (spelled differently in different places, but on the 300 block of Grand). Run by a mother-daughter team, the spicing is wwaaay better than the other lackluster options and even kicks Colucci out of the water. Typical Ethiopian touch-n-go service (sometimes fast, sometimes slow), but not brightly lit or over crowded. Enjoy!
Thanks for the suggestions. We went to Addis last night. It fit filled the bill almost perfectly.
We had a St. George Beer, very similar to H'arar a little less malty, slight honeyed flavor and perfectly bittered.
For dinner we had Kitfo, Gomen and Messer Wat.
The Injeera was fresh and made with plenty of Teff, dark and tangy.
Kitfo was very good. Very herbal flavor front with the cardamom and chili rounding it out. served with the traditional Mitma and a little pile of Berbere.
We ordered the vegetable combo and asked for just the Gomen and Messer Wat. Both were very good Gomen had a nice acidic tang and the Messer Wat was richly spiced.
I thought that the portions on the vegetables were a bit small. They still put Alicha and more of it the the Gomen and Wat. That said we did not leave hungry by any stretch of the Imagination.
I think I found my new haunt.