Firstly, I would like to say that I eat a lot of Ethiopian/Eritrean food and like it a lot. It can be very bland (bummer) or flavorful (yay) and I have a couple of favorite restaurants in the Bay Area. Secondly, my favorite Ethiopian restaurant is my friend's apartment in Denver, she really spoiled me for any Ethiopian food and I keep trying to find a place that is like eating at her house. Muzita is the answer to eating at my friend's place! Abel (the chef and owner) prepares food that is like eating at a friend's home. He has mastered making food like his mother made for him and now fixes it for us!
All our dishes were interesting, flavorful and beautifully prepared. The spicing was done skillfully and the ingredients were fresh and delicious! One of the ways I rank Ethiopian restaurants is by the salad dressing and this salad was great and a nice contrast to the other heartier dishes! The sides were really interesting and the injera (bread) was pleasantly sour. (On the weekends, they have gluten-free injera for an extra charge -- check first.)
Surprisingly there was a vegan chocolate creme brulee for dessert!!! Of course, we had to order it because I believe that if a restaurant is going to go out of their way to make something special for us vegans, well then I need to try it! YUMMY!!! I have only had "real" creme brulee once and this compared very well to that AND it was not too sweet like some desserts. This was a very delightful surprise. Although we were very full by the time dessert arrived and could barely eat anything more.
The service was great! Apparently, for this busy Saturday, our waiter Kyle came out of (self-imposed) retirement to work at Muzita. He is a really nice man and also efficient, attentive, humorous, knowledgeable and could take a joke -- all good qualities! If the food hadn't been as good, the service would have made the visit just as delightful! So together ... wow, the four of us had a great evening!
If you are in San Diego, please visit Muzita, they cater to vegans, they are super-nice and the food is so delicious!
Cons: It was a busy night so it was noisy.