location: Desta Ethiopian Kitchen (Atlanta, GA)
3086 Briarcliff Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
When the idea came up to eat Ethiopian food, my first thought was not necessarily one of excitement. I’ve only had Ethiopian food once, and while I enjoyed most of it, the striking memory I had was of the injera (a kind of Ethiopian spongy flatbread), which was incredibly, overwhelmingly sour. However, its been a few years since that meal, and I’m always open to trying new things, so I gave it another chance.
This place actually gives options other than injera (such as rice or pita) for those who may not be amenable to injera. This injera was vastly different from the one I had last time though. The texture was a little firmer and less spongy, and it was also only very mildly sour. I’m not sure what the sourness level of injera should be like (like people who like sourdough bread must have it sufficiently sour), but it was fine with me.
Last time I got a platter of different items arranged over a large round of injera. Here, they serve everything on plates. And we get utensils. These are the chicken tibs, which comes with salad as well as a side. It’s kind of like a chicken stir fry. I also tried a bit of the lamb tibs, which had similar flavors and spices as the chicken, though the meat was slightly chewy.
For the side, I chose the cabbage. The cabbage was tender but not mushy, had a nice mouth feel.
In thinking back to my previous meal, I may have a been too harsh with it. Excluding the injera, I probably preferred my former experience, with the platter and sampling of many different items with varying flavors and textures. I also have a good memory of a chicken stew, which was very intensely flavorful. This place was not bad too.
overall quality: 7/10
desire to return: 7/10