Last night, I went to dinner with some of my blogger friends. We decided that we want to try an Ethiopian restaurant and I suggested Desta. My friends Andrew and Katharine took me a couple years ago and I remembered it being good. That said, I was a little nervous that no one else would like it and I would be forever scorned as “the one who picked the bad restaurant.” This has happened before, though not with blogger friends (ahem, 5 Napkin Burger).
One thing that I really love about Atlanta is that though it’s full of trendy farm-to-table restaurants, it’s also full of authentic ethnic cuisine. For whatever reason, I’ve found myself craving the latter lately. I’m actually going to a Korean restaurant tomorrow night, but that’s another post. Obviously, since I haven’t gone yet. Also, I tend to forget which is the former and which is the latter. The second is the latter, right?
I called ahead and made reservations since there was a large group of us. At first, they sat us at a table that was too small, but were able to move us to a bigger one. In attendance were myself, Laura, Laura’s friend and regular guest blogger Kat, Heather, Alayna, Stacy and Heather and her boyfriend, who are visiting for the weekend from Tennessee. And with that many bloggers in the place, no one remembered to get a group picture. Fail. I did get some pictures of the food however.
If you’ve never had Ethiopian food, the main thing to know is that traditionally you don’t use utensils. Instead, you scoop up your food with a bread made of teff flour called Injera. It kind of looks like towels, but tastes delicious. (They will give you a fork if you ask though.)
Laura was looking up reviews while we were ordering and the Vegetarian Platter was mentioned several times. I didn’t really know which of the dishes I’d like more than others, so I figured why not try them all?
I have no idea what any of this really is. I think it’s something with chickpeas on the left, something with lentils next to it, and then a bunch of delicious tasting mysteries. And a huge half jalapeno hiding in the back. Several people ended up with this platter, Laura and Heather got the fish tibs and Alayna got the lamb tibs. Everything was delicious, save for the Ethiopian wine that Laura and Kat ordered. I didn’t taste it, but the consensus was that it tasted like vinegar. Oh well, food made up for it, I hope.
Have you ever had Ethiopian food?