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Jan 28, 2010 05:47 PM

Ethiopian in Mount Kisco?

Heard a rumor, from a local business, that an Ethiopian food place is supposedly poised to open in Mount Kisco, next to the great Jamaican place. Anyone know more?

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  1. I heard the same thing from a friend, so I'm hopeful... I checked out the name on the building permit, and it didn't mean anything to me, but I can't remember it now. It would be an interesting addition to the area!

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    1. re: kerryfood

      That would be wonderful, since as far as I know there aren't any Ethiopian restaurants in the Hudson Valley!

      1. re: Solstice444

        This is exciting news if true. Great cuisine, kids get to eat with their hands, and very social: everyone sharing the same huge plate. Love the njera, when the sauces soak in!

    2. I hope no bubble is burst, but, at the Mt Kisco Post Office flyers hang on the wall announcing that the location will be a hot dog shop. The menu lists 20 or so versions ranging from plain to guacamole.

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        1. re: wincountrygirl

          The location was supposedly the alley off South Moger, which has Starbucks at one end and Okinawa at the other end: one or two doors down from Taste of Jamaica, the Jamaican food place.

        2. re: Pinnacle

          I can't believe you saw flyers with that info. It couldn't be more wrong. It is definitely an Ethiopian Restaurant. It is opening soon. The name is Lalibela. Check out psyched to try it out.

          1. re: danac

            I'll be there too. This is a unique offering for Westchester, and in the northern part to boot!

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          1. I think Lalbela is open. Their webstie is up and when I walked by today the construction seemed to be done. Maybe I'll stop in after work to see if it is true.

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            1. re: randomdude

              According to facebook, they open tomorrow - yay!

            2. Ok, went to Lalibela last night and well, here goes.............
              We arrived around 6:15 to an empty restaurant. We were greeted and seated right away.

              The decor is pretty sparse and the some of the pictures on the wall didnt look like anything resembling Ethiopia or its culture, but, what do I know. We were given the paper take out menus as the real menus had not arrived.

              The thing that really suprised me, is that many people are not familiar with Ethiopian foods and the proper way to eat it and the owner and waitstaff did not engage us in any conversation. I would have expected at least asking us if we had ever eaten this type of food, did we have any questions?? Nothing, just plopped down the paper menu and left. No finger bowls were offered so we had to use the restroom to wash our hands.

              They dont serve liquor yet so had a club soda which was poured from and 8oz bottle into a 16oz beer glass. Kind of looked cheap not to fill the glass or should have used a smaller glass. Not a big deal, just an observation.

              When we placed our order, we were still not asked if we had any questions. We ordered the combo platter and the Kitfo, rare. With the combo plate, you get a choice of 3 veggie options and I just asked the server to chose what she liked.

              I won;t go into detail about the menu items, you can check the menu online but suffice it to say that we were really dissappointed. The kitfo came out like overcooked hamburger meat and the other items lacked any type of heat(spice)even though we told her we liked the dishes spicy. There was a generous portion of food and more than enough for the 2 of us.

              One real pet peeve was that the table was waaay to small to accommodate the large platter of food, the injera and the drink glasses. We felt very closed in with no room for even the paper napkins that were stacked at the end of the table.

              On a personnal note, the injera was way to tangy for me. It really overpowered any flavor that the dishes had. FYI- I have eaten this type of food before, many times so I am aware that injera, by the nature of it, is tangy.

              I asked if the had authentic tea and they said yes. I also inquired about authentic coffee and was told no they had american coffee. So we ordered the tea. To me, it tasted like mint and cinnamon infused tetly water.

              Sorry that my review was not a great one. I really so want this to be good as there are no places around here that serve this type of food. Perhaps it's just growing pains and I will give it another try in the future. Maybe one of you will have a better experience then I did.

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              1. re: xecuchef

                Thanks for filing the first report :-) I wonder how they will be doing in a few weeks/months. Sounds like they do not have much experience in the restaurant business in general, but hopefully they will learn or bring in experienced people.

                1. re: xecuchef

                  I was at Lalibela last night and I had a total opposite experience from the above reviewer. I have had Ethiopian food many times before and the food at Lalibela is comparable to most and better then some of the places I have been to. When we were sited and given the menu (BTW, they do have the real menu), they asked if we had Ethiopian cuisine before and if we had any questions to let them know. Considering they just opened on Tuesday I thought the food and the service was great; the place was full and everyone seemed to be enjoying Lalibela. Clearly the reviewer above doesn’t know much about Ethiopia, the pictures on the wall represent some of the landmarks in Ethiopia (the blue nile, axum, lalibela, etc). I recommend to everyone to try Lalibela.

                  1. re: september81

                    I'll just support what september81 said -- everything I sampled was very good, and yes, the pictures on the wall are all of Ethiopia.

                    1. re: september81

                      september81, obviously, I do not know as much as you about Ethiopian landmarks but I certainly have had my share of Ethiopian food and I am standing by my review. As I stated, I had( and have) high hopes for the restaurant. It's a shame that I did not have the same experience as you had.

                    2. re: xecuchef

                      Liz Johnson of LoHud (Journal News) did a review of Lalibela today. Here is the link to the article on their website. There is also a 3:27 min video on the right hand side of the page. She seems to really like the food.