Three of my business friends were looking for something unique to eat. We all travel a lot and love to find unusual places and with Uchenna, we certainly found one.
This was all very new to me. The restaurant is a hole-in-the-wall in a cute little area I guess is called "Old Town". We arrived on a Sunday night and the area was mostly closed up except for a couple of bars. We found the place in a small mall of sorts with souvenir shops next door. The place is not much to look at. The decor is just a bunch of African stuff hanging on the walls with posters. The inside needs new ceiling tiles for sure. But first thing that overwhelms you when you walk in the door is the garlic smell. The second you walk in, you know you are in for a garlic overload.
The owner (I assume) is a kind older woman who is extremely pleasant, soft spoken, and well mannered. She helped us with our choices on the menu. There are many dishes, but one highlighted is kind of a very typical dish which includes a stewed meat (chicken, beef or lamb) in 10 spices. They call this "Tibs". You also get Misser Alecha... which is kind of a mush of "Split green lentils with ginger, 12 spices, garlic, onions, and olive oil". Plus, you get two sides that are vegetarian; 1) Fassolia - "String beans, carrots, and onions sautéed in 5 spices, garlic, and olive oil" and 2) Atakilt - "Cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, ginger, and 3 spices". You also get this strange rolled up "bread" called Injera "The bread of Ethiopia; a lightly tangy crepe-like bread".
When you get your plate of food, you can see the stew and the rolled up purple "bread", but the other side dishes just look like scoops of mush. It's not a colorful plate, in fact it's rather intimidating. The owner helped to explain that you take a piece of this bread (we called it purple "sponge bread" because that is what it most closely resembles) and you scoop up whatever you wish on your plate and eat it. Utensils are not generally used. However, if you like, they will bring you a fork.
Our table ordered one of each type of meat... chicken, beef, and I ordered the lamb. To tell the truth, they all looked and tasted the same. But we were looking for something different and we got it. It was all very tasty and we enjoyed our dinners.
We decided on desert and there are much more familiar and traditional choices. One of us had carrot cake, another had a chocolate cake, I had the Baklava... which is a Greek pastry.
I you are up for something new and different... check this place out.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.