Posted on | March 9, 2010 | by Jason Casséus | No Comments
A bunch of us got together to celebrate & my buddy, DJ, took us all to Queen of Sheba (650 10th avenue @46th St.) for some authentic Ethiopian fare. This was my second time to an Ethiopian restaurant with DJ (he had taken us to Awash in the East Village) & I thought I knew a bit about the cuisine. I quickly found out that I didn’t know anything at all! We were seated on stools around woven straw tables called Messobs (thanks Google).
We ordered some beers & let DJ handle the food, I’m not even going to pretend that I knew what he had ordered, but it did sound like a lot. Little did we know what we were in for! Our waitress brought trays lined with bread (called Injera) & proceeded to top it with all sorts of condiments; vegetables, cheeses, etc. Next they added various meats & additional veggies on top of the giant platter & gave us more injera.
Here’s where things got fun, we just all dug in. No utensils! The Injera was your knife & fork (and most of the time, napkin too!) You basically took a bit of everything & popped it into your mouth! It was awesome because you really could ‘customize’ your flavor; a little of this, more of that etc. I loved the soft cheese (I forgot to ask if it was cow’s milk). I half expected it to be really spicy (I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to heat), but it was just right. I think the Ethiopians have it right. We ate out plate, knives & forks! I really wish that I could describe the injera properly. It was just so light & fluffy, absolutely amazing & perfect for soaking up all of the sauces!
Totally & utterly full, we moved onto dessert. I got some incredibly thick Ethiopian coffee & shared the rum cake. By this time, I was ready to cry uncle, so honestly, I have no idea if they were good or not! I could have been served a shoe & I would have been totally satisfied. If you like African food, or just good food in general, go to Queen of Sheba!