My husband and I decided to try Ethiopian food together and it was amazing! I love the intimacy of eating with your hands and from the same plate, so I figured this would be a great date night idea! We ordered a few items and ate it traditional style, which is basically one plate with everyone’s food on it. I was fine with this as it was only my husband and I. In Ethiopian culture it’s not uncommon for people to eat from the same plate. Sometimes they even feed each other, this is called gursha. Gursha is a sign of respect and is an honor. Don’t expect to see silverware on the tables either. You walked into the restaurant with all the silverware you’ll need. God gave you fingers so use them! Along with your hands, you’ll use injera to pick up mouthfuls of food like so…
Injera is spongy bread usually fermented to give it a slightly tangy flavor and made from teff flour. It’s a staple in this cuisine anit’sts delicious.
Mesob is such a small and intimate restaurant that when you walk in you feel as though you should have knocked first. I felt like I had just walked into a distant relative’s living room and interrupted their conversation. We were immediately greeted and told to sit wherever we like by the waitress. The restaurant is filled with art work and soothing music is played softly in the background from a large screen tv.
To drink I ordered Shai, which is a black tea flavored with, what I call, fall spices. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but it tasted like anise, all spice and a pinch of cinnamon. Very flavorful and familiar. This was my first time here but I really felt at home. The tea was served in a mini kettle and was filled with about 4 cups of tea.
For dinner we ordered number 6, 4, 5 and 11.
The food came quickly and I was not disappointed. My favorite was the Kitfo. The spices and flavors were perfectly balanced. Our meal was served on a large brightly colored platter on top of injera.
The meat in the wot was so tender that it fell off the bone. The fasolia and carrots were surprisingly good. I normally despise cooked carrots, but the way they were prepared was perfect. They weren’t mushy and they were well seasoned. My husband and I enjoyed the injera so much that we had to order extra.
Mesob is a warm and inviting space, they have an area where you can promote your business, so of course, I left a few business cards 😉
I can’t wait to go back! I’m already planning on what to order next. Let me know in the comments if you have ever or would ever try Ethiopian food.