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“Exotic Dining Experience”
Review of Queen of Sheba's - CLOSED

Queen of Sheba's
Price range: $0 - $18
Cuisines: African
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed October 28, 2012

This restaurant is in a strip mall, so it's not as plush or exotic as I expected from the pictures on the web site.

My husband and I chose to sit at a mesob, the traditional Ethiopian basket table. At other Ethiopian restaurants, the mesob is often paired with little stools, but at Queen of Sheba, the mesobs are paired with the same restaurant chairs as the western-style tables, so I thought we were sitting a bit high.

We shared Queen of Sheba's Vegetarian Combination (which is 100% vegan!). It includes Yetimatim (Tomato Salad), Yemisir Azefah (Lentil Salad), Yedinich (Potato Salad), which are brought out first on the traditional injera on a platter and placed on top of the mesob, while additional injera is put on a dish on a stool to the side. The server then brought out bowls of the entreees, Kik Alich'a (Yellow Split Peas), & Yemisir Kay Watt (Red Lentil). The Yemisir Kay Watt was deliciously spiced and was our favorite. We weren't so fond of the cold Yedinich. For two people, the meal was $26.00. We accompanied this with a glass of the house merlot, $6.95 per glass. It was a very satisfying meal, and we hope to be back soon.

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1  Thank Salette A
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

This place is definitely suited for the adventurous eater - the flavors and textures are not found in typical restaurant fare. We love the vegetarian options, and prefer the beef dishes more cooked than they will offer right off the menu. If you order to go, have them read your order back to you - I've arrived on a couple of occasions to find they've prepared what I'm pretty sure I didn't order. The staff is friendly, however, and eager to provide a great experience.

Thank Morpheus1041
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

Just had an excellent dinner at Queen of Sheba in Timberlyne Shopping Center. Having eaten this kind of food in the Twin Cities (the home of a very large Somali and Ethiopian community) I can vouch that the food is excellent and authentic.

For those who aren't familiar with this cuisine, the food is served family style, on a common platter. A very typical accompaniment is a unique bread called injera, a naturally leavened, very high protein wheat bread made from a grain called teff. This bread forms the serving platter, and at the end of meal, is eaten as it has soaked up all the yummy flavors of the meal.

At this restaurant, the best value is the "sampler platters" which offers three vegetarian, meat or fish dishes, for only a couple of dollars more than the regular menu prices. All meat and fish dishes are accompanied by a couple of vegetable dishes, and taken together, makes a well-balanced and filling meal. For those inclined to spicier menu items (as I am!) there is always their berbere sauce, available for the asking.

Diners tear off pieces of the bread and use it to scoop up food from the common serving platter. Sharing food is embedded in their cultural tradition of hospitality, so diners get to try all the items served.

There are some other items that have to be tried, if not on your first visit then on a subsequent one. The appetizers are excellent. The most familiar (at least to eaters of middle eastern and asian cuisine) will be the 'sambusa', a filled triangle of pastry that is fried. Another is 'buticha', a wonderful variation on ground chickpea, with a 'hint' of garlic and lemon.

And how can you leave without trying either their 'spiced tea' or their coffee? If you've never drunk Ethiopian coffee, you've never drunk coffee. Period. Weird as it might sound, coffee is one of Ethiopia's many gifts to humanity, and this is the real thing (sorry Starbucks and Caribou). YOu need to try this, not just for the taste of true java, but for the ceremony associated with it.

All in all, a very good deal, and a wonderful dining experience.

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Thank Eskay S
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

A very different and enjoyable menu. Priced more than reasonable. Food is fresh and well prepared. I think what I like best is the overall experience. It really is all really good.

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Thank Jim L
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

Excelent food, but I don't like the place, I don't like to feeling of been in a mall.

Thank CeciEP
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