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jessabella617 Feb 16, 2011 05:48 AM

So Ive been to Habesha a couple of times and absolutely loved the food, ambience and sweet service (who cares if the food takes a long time, its made to order!). Id love to treat my mother to Ethiopian food as I think the spices and textures are right up her alley, however she tried Adfdis Red Sea in Cambridge and did NOT like it. Im trying to convince her that Addis pales in comparison to real Ethiopian food and Injera and am trying to decide between taking her to Habesha or Fasika (which is closer to where she lives). Food quality/authenticity is MOST important and timeliness of service and ambiance are rather unimportant to us. I have seen differing views on both places but Im hoping the Chow community can help me make a decision...Any opinions?

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Fasika
147 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

Habesha Restaurant
535 Main St, Malden, MA

  1. Luther Feb 16, 2011 06:21 AM

    Food is flavorful and served at the appropriate temperature at Habesha. Plus, you will enjoy your food more if the place is comfortable. Fasika Somerville doesn't really succeed at any of these.

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    Fasika
    147 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

    Habesha Restaurant
    535 Main St, Malden, MA

    1. hiddenboston Feb 16, 2011 06:21 AM

      I like the food at Habesha a little better, and the atmosphere is a bit less, well.....let's just say that Fasika is rather weird, with a Somerville townie bar to the right and the actual restaurant to the left. Unless you enjoy eating yekik alicha while listening to "Rocket Queen" by Guns N' Roses on the jukebox, I'd stick with Habesha.

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        Canadian Tuxedo Feb 16, 2011 09:35 AM

        "eating yekik alicha while listening to "Rocket Queen" by Guns N' Roses"

        Personally, I think that sounds awesome.

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          hiddenboston Feb 16, 2011 10:33 AM

          Me too. But I wouldn't bring my mother there (she's more of a Motley Crue fan). :-)

      2. Kirs Feb 16, 2011 08:17 AM

        Habesha is, by far, the most authentic Ethiopian you can find in the Boston area. Husband said the kitfo was the best he had since our trek to Ethiopia a couple years ago. And I can vouch for the vegetarian dishes. My favorite thing, though: Awaze! I wasn't even given a funny look when I asked if I could get a side of it (which is often what happens when I've asked for it in other Ethiopian joints). It's not for everybody, but I love it. We live all the way at the other end of the orange line and Habesha is well worth the trip, every single time.

        It's been awhile since I've been to Fasika, and I did think it was pretty good, but some of the flavors weren't spot on. But it's nowhere near as watered down as Addis.

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        Fasika
        147 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145

        Habesha Restaurant
        535 Main St, Malden, MA

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          jessabella617 Feb 16, 2011 09:24 AM

          That seems to be the consensus, I do love Habesha. Ill have to convince my mother that a rush hour trip to Malden is worth it. I will travel almost anywhere for tasty food. Thanks guys!

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          Habesha Restaurant
          535 Main St, Malden, MA

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