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Posted by Caligothamist on 12/07/2009
Ate here for the first time about a week ago. I've tried Ethiopian food at numerous restaurants in the city and Brooklyn - and this has to be my least favorite experience. The place is too small and almost clausterphobic. While it was full, I felt like our waitress thought of our party as a nuissance and not her job. Once the food arrived (the only thing I really care about anyways) I found the injera tasted stale, the vegetarian dishes were tasteless and the tibbs we ordered was charred beyond recognition.
Posted by enthusiast on 11/16/2009
I've been to Bati quite a few times, each time going with an open mind and hoping to give it a chance to get the right groove. The portions continue to be way too small for the price. The food is good most of the times, but unfortunately inconsistent. Service has been going down since the opened? shouldn't it improve. I was really hoping this place would work out as I eat ethiopian food weekly. Alas it's back to take out from the city. I noticed a new ethiopian restaurant should be opening soon on Lafayette. Maybe some competition will garner us some better service in Ft. Greene.
Posted by foodlover on 11/05/2009
I was really skeptical before trying this restaurant because of the reviews I've read. Perhaps the owners read the reviews and made changes because I had a good experience there and the porions were large (I went for dinner). I had the veg combo and all of the items were solid although the tikil gomen and the mesir wat were particularly good. The combo is enough for 2 people especially if you also have an app. Overall not the best ethiopian restaurant I've been to but a solid one.
Posted by Sarah on 10/05/2009
So my boyfriend and I went here for a nice dinner to check it out. We ordered and had been waiting for about 45 minutes for our food. At that point, the waiter came over and asked if we wanted the check. They had completely lost our order and forgotten to give us our dinner. They also refused to give us a discount of any kind. The food was fine, but by the time it got to us, we were starving and cranky. I would not recommend.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/03/2009
I love Ethiopian food and was thrilled to have another option in FG. However, every time I eat here the service is poorer then the last. Tonight the server forgot our appetizer, brought us the wrong check, and failed ask if we wanted dessert. The food is good, but the portions are small and over-priced for the neighborhood. Next time I'll just go across the street for a slice of pizza: for a fraction of the price you get delightful service and a hearty meal.
Posted by Foodie on 09/29/2009
I have never eaten at an Ethiopian restaurant and left still hungry... but that's what happened here. The prices are more expensive then its competition and the portions MUCH smaller. Too bad because I really wanted an Ethiopian joint I could frequent in the 'hood. Maybe they will wise up and start adding more to their plates?
Posted by cerumentalist on 05/18/2009
while the mecca for ethiopian dining remains washington d.c., the dukems and madgets of chocolate city better watch their proverbial backs because this new, intimate restaurant in rapidly evolving fort greene is doing amazing things for ethiopian dining in gotham. i've eaten there three times in the last two months and bati seems to have deliciously avoided the shortcomings of many an ethiopian restaurant: consistency. each time i've been there i've experienced amazing service, delicious dishes - the kitfo is by far my favorite, and unmatched value. yes the portions are smaller. but have you checked the bill at the end of the meal? ($12 per person for finger-licking deliciousness!) not having to sacrifice quality to save a couple of dollars goes a long way in my book. the food is both tastier and less oily than other restaurants in the city ; the atmosphere is uniquely brooklyn (you feel like you're at a friend's place over for dinner) and the service is amazing. the waitress had a beaming smile the whole time and the owner came out several times to make sure everything was to our liking. the drawback so far is the lack of any wine (especially tejj) to go with the meal, but the owner did say that she would be getting her beer/wine license soon and we'd have sweet honey wine to go with the kitfo. so don't hesitate to check out this new gem on fulton. nothing caps off a day drinking mojitos and mingling with the young and sexy at nearby habana outpost than a great meal here. trust me, injera soaks up more than its fair share of minty rum!