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“Surprising find”
Review of Almaz Cafe

Almaz Cafe
Ranked #589 of 4,428 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Ethiopian
Neighborhood: City Center West
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Neighborhood: City Center West
Reviewed September 25, 2012

My husband and I love Ethiopian and always visit a restaurant when we're in a new city that has one. We were disappointed to find that most people suggested heading out to West Philly for Ethiopian - since we have a 2-year-old that trek presented a problem for us. We decided to give Almaz a try since it was close to the hotel, and I'm so thrilled we did. Very nice staff and some of the best Ethiopian we've had since Ras Kassas in Boulder, Co. Not very spicy, but plenty flavorful - even the 2-year-old liked it (and ate more collard greens than he has eaten other green things, total, in his life). Now that we're home, I wish we could go back. Very small and deceptive, but the food was excellent.

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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Almaz Cafe can legitimately described as a "hole in the wall" restaurant which nevertheless serves excellent Ethiopian food. On the typical injera, we had a great assortment of vegetarian dishes supplemented with very tasty sauteed lamb. We've had a fair amount of Ethiopian food in the past and this compared very favorably with the best.

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Thank markmd
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Almaz is a small restaurant, with about 10-12 tables. However, the food is fantastic. I have had great Ethiopian food before, and this was no exception. They were extremely helpful when it came to recommending a great dish to share. They give you plenty of food, offering to bring out more towards the end of our dish, in case we were still hungry. The food has just the right amount of spice and heat to it...not too much, but still showcasing the amazing flavor and tenderness Ethiopian meat dishes contain. I highly recommend this restaurant as a quick stop for lunch or dinner.

Thank John B
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

Trusted the tripadvisor reviews on this one, and it's a real winner! Don't be put off by the fact that it looks like a dive - the proprietors are warm and friendly, and the Ethiopian cuisine is great. Try the hot chocolate if you like that kind of thing - it'll knock your socks off.

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Thank Nikoandco
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

Chicken used to be quite good for the money. No longer the case--tastes reheated and dry.

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Thank travelerofworld
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