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Best Ethnic Restaurants in Rome???

This post is directed at those of you who are living in Rome and have eaten excellent ethnic food here. I'm trying to compile a list of best ethnic food.

This is my list so far...

Chinese:

I have yet to find an excellent (not ridiculously expensive) Chinese restaurant.

Japanese:

My vote goes to Zen Sush, which has never disappointed me

Indian:

Maharajah...not excellent, but quite good.

(If there are others, please let me know)

Mexican:

I've yet to find an excellent Mexican restaurant. La Cucaracha is so so.

French:

Are there any French restaurants in Rome?

American:

Sad to say, the only semi-decent American restaurant I've been to is the Hard Rock Cafe.

Thai:

Am trying Sukhothai tonight...fingers crossed.

Greek:

I've been to Itaca http://www.ristorantidiroma.com/itaca..., which was good but not great...

Persian:
Excellent Iranian food at Taberna Persiana
http://www.tabernapersiana.it/

Any others??? if any of you know or love any ethnic restaurants here in Rome, I'd love to hear what they are.

Thanks!

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  1. There is wonderful Ethiopian restaurant on the Prenestina called Enquatatash. In my opinion, it is far and away the best and most authentic I have tried, beating out Sahara, Africa, and Asmara. Here is Enquatatash's web site http://www.enqutatash.com/

    1. Japanese: Sushiko on Via degli Irpini, 8 (San Lorenzo)
      Chinese: Hang Zhou on Via Bixio, 55 (Esquilino) or Citta' d'Oriente on Via di Priscilla, 93/95 (Africano)
      Indian: Kohinoor on Via Aurelia, 32 (Vaticano) or Shanti on Via Fabio Massimo, 68 (Prati)
      Greek: Egeo on Via Augusto Dulceri, 99 (Prenestino)

      Any suggestions for Thai, Malaysian, or Viet Namese?

      1. Indian: Jaipur in Trastevere, Via S. Francesco a Ripa.

        1. Oh bless you for posting this! Looking forward to trying some of your places. Here's what we've found:

          Chinese: agreed - have found cheap but not excellent.

          Japanese: WokWe on Viale Regina Margherita, 19 (near Via Salaria) has an all-you-can-eat sushi belt for 19.95, and upstairs is Mongolian bbq/mixed asian buffet also all-you-can-eat (not the typical Italian "just fill up one plate" but actual "go back as many times as you want" for 19.95. Not the best sushi in town, but decent, consistent, and safe (we eat there all the time), and you can't beat the price. The upstairs mongolian bbq/buffet is surprisingly good and a great place to bring picky eaters because they'll find something, even if it's just grilled chicken breast and a salad.

          Indian: Have also tried Himalay's Kashmir down by Piazza Vittorio Emanuelle II - more Pakistani than Indian - decent and cheap tasting menu but not the nicest area. Jaipur on Via di San Francesco a Ripa in Trastevere is good too, as is Surya Mahal (Piazza Trilussa).

          Mexican: Sadly, we go to Hard Rock for guacamole and fajitas - nothing else even comes close. Tried a place on Nomentana but it was pretty weak (Fiestas and Siestas or something like that - their version of guac was sour cream with green food coloring).

          American: Agreed, Hard Rock is the best option. We've tried a few of the T-Bones but have never been impressed.

          Thai: We like Sala Thai on Via Topino between Piazza Verbano and Corso Trieste - consistently good and apparently the only place in Rome to get cilantro on a regular basis!

          Greek: Mythos on Via Flavia is fine for take-away. The only decent sit-down we've had is at Akropolis in Trastevere (Via di San Francesco a Ripa, 103), and even there, the atmosphere isn't amazing. Both are run by actual Greeks, but overall we're surprised at how few Greek places there are in Rome.

          German - If you want German beer and a plate of brats, or even just big chewy pretzels, Lowenhaus off Piazza del Popolo (right by Brillo Parlante) is one option.

          Other: For some reason Blau Kongo (Swedish!?!?!) gets rave reviews on TripAdvisor but we haven't tried it yet.

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          1. re: BahamaViking

            Thank you for this, BahamaViking!

            FYI Today I went to Open Baladin--a beer and burger joint on Via degli Specchi http://www.openbaladin.com/?area=96 . They have a very good selection of beers, great burgers and wonderful homemade french fries/potato chips.

          2. Has anyone been to Thien Kim, a Vietnamese restaurant a few blocks from the French Embassy on the Via Giulia?

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            1. re: steve h.

              I was there once a few years back...the ambiance was nice, but the food was not especially memorable.

            2. Went to Rome, had a burger, a Thai green curry, some sushi and mezze and a prawn biryani!

              1. I'd like to add Mesob to the list. It is an excellent Ethiopian restaurant opened on the Via Prenestina 118, a few months ago. It is only open at dinner. The site is here http://mesob.it/

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                1. re: katieparla

                  Katie you are a mine of information!
                  Ciao
                  Irene

                2. Reviving this in hopes that there may be some updates? Looking for something fun and different to do for my 40th!

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                  1. re: ambra

                    Hey Ambra, happy bday a bit in advance! Mesob (Ethiopian) on Via Prenestina is still excellent, SushiKo in San Lorenzo is very good as is Doozo in Monti (both Japanese) I havent been to Enqutatash (Ethipoian, Eritrean) in about 9 months but has always been consistently good. For chinese, I like Hua Qiao on Via Giolitti, though don't order off the menu. Get some things from the glass display case near the register and if possible point to the things the local diners are eating. Otherwise you will be brought something bland and Italianized. Hope that helps!

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                    Mesob
                    Via Prenestina,118, Roma, Lazio , IT

                  2. Here's my two bits:
                    Chinese: We always go to Mr. Chow or Mr. Chow II. Not at the level of New York or other big cities, but pretty good for Rome
                    Japanese: Doozo, Via Palermo
                    Indian: Sitar, Via Cavour
                    Mexican: Great round up here:
                    http://www.aglioolioepeperoncino.com/...
                    French: Charly's
                    American: Depends what you mean. The Perfect Bun is kinda fun.
                    Thai: Sukhothai in Monteverde
                    Greek and Persian, no ideas.

                    www.elizabethminchilli.com

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                    1. re: minchilli

                      Hi Ladies, thank you so much for the information!!

                      I think I am leaning towards Asian. I can get Japanese in my town so maybe Chinese. Hmmm.I Decisions! I'll probably search all the menus of hte places you mentioned and go the one mostly like those I am used to in the US. The chinese available to me, is hideous. It's wierd and syrupy, I can't even explain it.

                      BTW, Mr. Chow isn't the same owners as the one in NY/LA etc, is it? that would be crazy!

                      Has anyone every been to Open Baladin? I guess I can do a search.

                      P.S. Thanks for the bday wishes, Katie!

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                      Open Baladin
                      Via degli Specchi,5, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

                      1. re: ambra

                        hey, i recently stopped at open baladin to try some of the new menu items. as always, the food is wildly inconsistent. burger is tasteless and chicken cesar salad was good, though it wasnt even a cesare salad, if that makes any sense. sort of a cesar salad imagined by someone who had never actually had one...that said, you can't beat the beer and the potato chips are fantastic. if you want some american BBQ, Brasserie 420 is having a shinding Sept 16 & 17 with that theme. ive had their BBQ plate before and it won't change your life but it is pretty damn good by rome standards.

                        1. re: katieparla

                          Katie, Great tips. Funny what you said about the salad!! I was going for the beer, but not at the cost of a good burger!! HAHA!
                          Thanks so much!!

                          1. re: ambra

                            oh in that case GO!!! the beer is great and while you are in the neighborhood, it's nice to pair the beautiful and trendy open baladin space with a visit to the dive bar (and one of europe's best pubs) ma che siete venuti a fa. you can do a kind of pub crawl. ma che is only a 10 min walk (max) across the tiber to via benedetta in trastevere.

                        2. re: ambra

                          Open Baladin is fantastic, and you should definitely go there. Beer some of the best offerings in town. A lot of people - including me - like their burgers very much. And their new menu includes a lot of good items like the Cesar Salad (which is the Italian version). They are having a birthday celebration on the 24th, if that is when you are in town? (although that may make it a reason to go another evening?)

                          www.elizabethminchilli.com

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                          Open Baladin
                          Via degli Specchi,5, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

                          1. re: minchilli

                            I completely disagree with you on the burgers. Open uses a flavorless cut of a flavorless meat (La Granda may be SF Presidio but that doesnt mean squat in burger terms), there is next to no fat in it, burgers dont bleed, the meat is chopped not ground, resulting in a bland pulpy mess. Ditto for much of their other attempts at american food. the service, beer, and potatoes chips are generally great, though.

                            1. re: minchilli

                              Have to disagree on the burgers - they are not good. A burger needs fat and theirs consistently lacks that. Love the beer offerings, though!

                              1. re: minchilli

                                The beer selection is fantastic but Katie is right about the food. Inconsistent and poorly executed. The chips, however, are outstanding (as is the incredible homemade ketchup that accompanies them). The service is usually a nightmare, par for the course around Rome unfortunately. The whole place seems to lack professional management, as it's often a handful of young servers each cashing checks, taking orders, expediting and pouring beers - a dizzying mess. Such great potential, but too frustrating unless you're craving chips and a beer.