Our food corespondent is heading out to give us a taste of Ethiopian cuisine!
Lalibela is a town in Northern Ethiopia. This restaurant is also named Lalibela, but is located in Mt Kisco, New York.
Upon my entrance, my party was greeted by a very friendly waitress who directed us to sit anywhere we would like in the mostly empty dining room. The service was prompt, and the waitress took our orders right away.
In Ethiopia, food is served on a communal plate, and eaten with the delicious Ethiopian bread called Injera. Injera is like a spongy tortilla, and is very healthy. It tastes a little lemony, and it compliments the food nicely. It is made with a super-food-grain called Teff. Teff originated in Ethiopia and it closely resembles millet. It is rich in protein, carbohydrates, and minerals. You eat the food by tearing a piece of Injera, and taking it in your hand, you take a piece of meat or vegetables from the plate and eat it. Ethiopians eat with their hands, but forks are provided if you don't want to do that.
To start, we ordered Avocado Salad, which is made up of Avocados, Tomatoes, Green Bell Peppers, Onions, and Salt. Ours was ordered with no Onions. It came on a large plate on top of a large piece of Injera. The waitress also gave us a plate of strips of Injera rolled up to eat, as well as the Injera on the plate. The Avocado Salad was amazing, and the Injera was spectacular.
After the Avocado Salad, our main course came out. My mother ordered non-spicy lentils called Misir Wat Alicha, with a side of collard greens, and a plate of Injera rolls. My father and I split the Lamb Tips, which came with a choice of sides, and a small plate of Injera rolls. We choose the Misir Wat Alicha, and the Cabbage as our sides. The Misir Wat Alicha was stupendous. It was a little creamy, and went well with the Lamb Tips. The Lamb Tips were not that spicy, and it was perfect.
Afterwards, we ordered Baklava. Ethiopian Baklava comes in a big triangle piece, instead of in little pieces. It had a candle in it as well, as it was my birthday. The Baklava was delicious and had some very small pieces of walnuts in the bottom.
Overall, I would highly recommend Lalibela, and I hope you will journey to Mt. Kisco to try it!