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Posted by Evil Ninja Tracy on 10/15/2004
I went to Awash with the individual who wrote the review below....and I could not disagree with him more about the food. It was Great!! My first time having Ethiopian food was an awesome experience. They do not provide you with forks...just a serving spoon for the dishes that come seperately. The "spongy" bread is mainly what you use to eat the food. It rolls out to large sheets that can be torn into small bite-sized pieces perfect for scooping up the yummy food. I highly recommend the Doro Wat Chicken!! Combination Platter #4 comes with the Doro Wat and other great items. If you don't like sharing food, this might not be the place for you.....and if you don't like eating (with your hands) out of the same plate with other people, you might want to ask for your dishes be served seperately. We chose the traditional style.....3 out of 4 of us loved it....I don't know what he was thinking. Although I must agree with him about the service. v - e - r - y s - l - o - w . Also, try an African beer. NICE!!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/14/2004
Sorry to be a buzz kill after all the previous great reviews, but I didn?t like Awash. I went recently with three others, and I?d really been looking forward to it as I?d never tried Ethiopian food and I?m a big fan of ethnic cuisines. The service was friendly but painfully slow. They brought most of our food on a huge platter, which we all shared, and I didn?t care for that too much. I love spicy food, but I didn?t find our food to be spicy at all. Actually, it was kinda bland. One problem, I think, is the spongy bread that you eat the food with. It had a bizarre taste to it and, to me, it covered up the taste of the other food. I had the taste of that bread in my mouth for a couple of days! Also, the portions seemed to be rather small for the prices that we paid. Since they combined most of our orders on one platter, it was hard to tell how they might have come out if they had been served separately, but it seemed like I only had several bites of food (mostly the spongy bread) and the platter was empty. I ordered the vegetarian combo. $14 for a few very small servings of collards, lentils, and beets? I don?t think so. As I mentioned before, the service is very slow, and there were only about three other people eating there. We waited about 15 minutes for our check, and when it didn?t come, we got up and made it pretty clear that we were ready to leave. Our server told us that he?s bring it to us, but we waited another 5-10 minutes before he got around to it. They are definitely living on their own time at Awash. But to be fair to the place, the other three people in my party really liked the food. I guess Ethiopian food just isn?t for me.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/01/2004
Seriously, the food at Awash is much better than most Ethiopian food in Ethiopia. And, the waitstaff is cute too!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/27/2004
I have been going here ever since my college days, and it is always delicious. The portions are so big- you can easily share. I like it better than any other Ethiopian restaurant I've tried.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/05/2004
I've tried several of the other Ethiopian restaurants in the city, and so far this is the best.
Posted by Really good. on 05/12/2004
Excellent quality. Awash is my first experience with Ethiopian food and it is extremely positive. I didn't even know what to order, so I had to look at reviews and see suggestions. After first trying the vegetarian combo, here is what I would say: Yater Kik, the yellow lentils is AMAZING and addictive, it comes with loads of velvety Ethiopian bread, and sides of collard greens, and split red lentils. Each dish is outstanding and impeccable. Perfectly satisfying. I am a meat eater, and I didn't miss the meat at all. The vegetable sambusa appetizer, which is like an Ethiopian egg-roll, or an Ethiopian version of Indian samosa, is also excellent. I also tried the meat sambusa, which is not as good. One word of caution. Ethiopian food is spicy. I tend to like milder foods; the dishes mentioned are still spicy, but on the gentler end of the spectrum.
Posted by spicygal on 04/18/2004
Everything we've ever had here is simple but flavorful and fantastic. The combo platters, including the vegetarian are all huge and filling -- great to share with a date (maybe not a first date if you are the type who is squeamish about eating with your hands). Try it with honey wine -- sweet and refreshing. I love the ambiance -- homey makeshift decorations, colorful photographs from Ethiopian travel posters. My favorite Ethiopian -- most kick back and best deal, least greasy food, not yuppified and very modestly priced.