Ethiopian meals are served on spongy Injera flatbread. More Injera is provided, rip these into pieces and "pinch" your food instead of using utensils(not provided). We always have vegetarian platter; lentils in berber sauce, yellow and green split peas, cooked cabbage and potatoes, small fried potatos, beets, and a lettuce-tomato salad. The vegetarian platter contents vary, but the lentils and split pea dishes are the staples. The flavours are subdued (split peas are very plain) and need more punch. A small cup of fresh diced herbs and peppers was provided to spice up the meal. It was a nice addition, but very salty so we had to use it sparingly.
The vegetarian somosas are fantastic; lentils, green onions, green chillies, cilantro and spices. They are large, no sauce is provided with them. We took many exta home - as one or two makes a filling lunch. Meals are priced reasonably, two entrees with tax is approx. $20 and you will leave full, even without samosas. Don't order the stuffed jalapenos unless you can take the heat of raw peppers, they are not cooked. We last had the lunch buffet 3 years ago, it was cheap and filling.
Service time is reasonable for an Ethiopian restaurant (many of them have long waiting times between ordering and food service), though you can sometimes wait awhile for a water refill(ask for a pitcher of water if one is not provided).
When it came time to pay, we were not given a bill, they used a calculator instead of the register....the total seemed incorrect, so we questioned it. I asked if the samosas prices were accurate on the menu, was told the total was high because of taxes. We paid, but after taking a minute to do the math, we came back and stated what the correct total was according to the menu prices. Suddenly, the owners changed their tune and told us samosas were 50% more, new menus had been ordered from printers, and that the price changed 3 months ago (but they couldn't be bothered to correct the current menus, tell us verbally when we ordered, or when we questioned our bill). They finally offered to refund the difference, I only took half because somehow they made me feel like a bad person for THEIR terrible customer service and poor business practices.
We have eaten at this restaurant for years, it was previously called Yenat, the owner sold it to a family member who eventually renamed it. For awhile the cook was the same, it is not as flavorful or spicy as it used to be. WILL NOT RETURNPros: Two entrees for $20, Delicious lentil samosas, filling portions
Cons: INCORRECT MENU PRICES!!, Poor business practices, Poor service