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Posted by Food Guy on 10/11/2004
I was introduced to Ethiopian cuisine at the well-known Blue Nile restaurant in Montreal. I've been sold ever since, if not merely on outrageously good food, then surely on the indulgent manual experience of Ethiopian dining. Sadly, this place on MacDougal wasn't good at all. My brother and his girlfriend were in town, and we finally settled on this place in the face of other tantalizing options. This largely based on my touting of said cuisine. They had never tried Ethiopian and, after our negative experience (bland cold food, dopey service, cramped seating) I'm not sure they'll try it again!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/05/2004
The food here actually wasn't as bad as it's been portrayed but the atmosphere and service are so poor that it just drags everything down. The place seems a bit unsanitary which made me nervous about the food itself. But the tastes were fine. Portions were a bit small but if you go with 2 or more people you will definitely get enough to eat. In fact, I felt a little ill after eating here the first time - the injera swells in your stomache, I swear, and since you are all eating off of one place the impetus is to stuff your face as quickly as possible to get your money's worth. Fun for something different but not for everyone and probably only a one-time affair.
Posted by jivika on 09/24/2004
I've never had Ethiopian, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I actually really enjoyed it. The lunch menu is very reasonable 6-8 bucks for a filling lunch. There isn't much ambiance, but it was a good lunch spot if you are in the mood for something different.
Posted by Fashiongirl on 09/23/2004
I was very disapointed with my experience. I was craving for Honey Wine, but they had run out of it. The food was good, but the whole place seemed rundown. The bathrooms very filthy, the table setting was too cramped to my liking, the glasses were dirty and even the coffee machine was broken.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/30/2004
I am an avid connoisseur of Ethiopian food (have had many homecooked and retaurant prepared Ethiopian meals). There is NO comparision. The portions at Meskarem are small, the seasonings are nothing like authentic Ethiopian food and the service is poor (though the staff in nice). I can't believe this place is still in existence (save the fact that there are few Ethiopians in NYC). My advice...head to D.C. for the "real deal." Minimally o-kay if you've never had Ethiopian before...though the prices are outrageous for the portion size.
Posted by arnold on 07/31/2004
It's interesting cuisine but it slowly dawns on you that you're not getting your money's worth. The meal is 75% ingera bread. The vegetables and spices are minimal. The question is, is it really worth it? I'm glad I experienced it but I hesitate to go again. Its a cultural thing, I suppose.
Posted by Boooga Boooooga on 06/15/2004
Excellent food! If you like real Arabic food or anything heavily spiced and hot, you will LOVE this place. Great combination platters and lamb! GO TRY IT NOW!