The dining room filled with bright colors and decorated with authentic hand-made Ethiopian goods. They have recently expanded their dining room and also features traditional Ethiopian dining, seating on the floor.
For the Foodspotting event with Droolius.com, we choose to sit at a conventional table. We were a fairly large group of 20 so sitting on the floor would be a little awkward!
Some people decided to order their own plate while others, like me, wanted to indulge on the family style meat platter. We chose to have the Yebeg Tibs Special which are cubes of fresh lamb sautéed with onions, garlic, and herb butter. As for our second choice, the Nile Meat Combination which is composed of Chicken Doro Alicha, Beef Key Wat, Beef Alichea, Beef Cubes and Collard Greens all served in a single and very large dish over a mega piece of Injera (Ethiopian bread).
For those who have not had the pleasure to experience Ethiopian dining, allow me to explain.
The menu encompasses a wide variety of meats as well as vegetarian dishes served family style. Unique to their cuisine is their seasoning and sauces, which I would describe to someone who’s never tasted Ethiopian food before as being somewhere between Indian and Lebanese cuisine. It is good but it is an acquired taste.
How to Eat Ethiopian Style!
Food is served family style and no utensils are used (or supplied). Instead there is a huge dependency on Injera, a thin, crepe-like bread made from teff flour is used to pick up the food.
The process is simple, tear off a piece of Injera, use it to grab some food from the plate, roll the bread around the food and eat.
I have been to Nile Ethiopian Cuisine before and I wanted to make sure the group got to see and experience the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. Before they serve you coffee, they conduct a roasting ceremony. They take the raw coffee beans and roast the coffee in a small pan. The air is filled with incense and strong coffee! Here is a video which to summarizes the Foodspotting at Nile Ethiopian which highlights the Traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony: