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    ( 5 reviews )

51 Oak St, Portland, Maine, USA, 04101

Serves meat, vegan options available. Eritrean cuisine, like Ethiopian, includes spiced vegetable, potato, and lentil dishes. Here no dairy or egg is used in the dishes. Meal is served on a communal teff bread, so it may be advised to have separate breads for vegan/non-vegan diners. Monday is by reservation only. Open Tue-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11:30pm, Sun 3:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Beer/Wine, Eritrean, Ethiopian, African, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by smasheasy

Great Ethiopian food! - Edit

Love this place.

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Eat with your hands - Edit

Every time I go here, which is a lot for a 45 minute drive... I always get the Shiro. It's simple but flavorful. The injera is perfect. It's sour mixed with the well spiced Shiro. You get a salad and a side as well. It's a very authentic place. If you like eating with silverware this might not be the place for you. They bring hot towels out to clean your hands before eating.
My boyfriend is a meat-eater so we get serperate injera. the cuisine naturally doesn't have dairy in it. You can still ask and they will make sure. Out of this world

Pros: huge portions, tasty, friendly staff

Cons: none!

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Good food - Edit

A bit run-down, but it's a sweet family-run place with good prices.

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Never had Ethiopian food before. - Edit

It was so good! The restaurant is a casual, family run business. Since I've never had this cuisine before I can't say how it compares to others, but it was just delicious.

Pros: Easy to get vegan options, Inexpensive

Cons: Atmosphere is very casual

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Family Run, Fabulous Food - Edit

I first went to Asmara when there was an African exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art, as part of the experience. I was absolutely impressed with the food, and the small family-run restaurant. The injera bread was served to all of us at the table, after being provided with wet napkins to wash our hands. Those who ordered meat were served on a separate injera and plate than those of us who were vegan or vegetarian. The dishes were excellent, the bread was so good I bought teff flour and learned a recipe. Their fresh squeezed lemonade is a total treat. I loved the red lentils, but the second and third times we went there I discovered that I loved the greens even more. I have only ever been there at lunch time, or early afternoon. There are very few tables, maybe enough to seat 25 people, so I can't attest to evening wait time. They do serve meat, but they seem to be very aware of keeping things separate for those of us who do not want animal products in our food.

Pros: Great food, Family run, Separate meat and veg service

Cons: very small restaurant, might be slow on weekend evenings

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