Dining in Ethiopia is characterized by the ritual of breaking injera and eating from the same plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty and friendship. ... More
Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant
Dining in Ethiopia is characterized by the ritual of breaking injera and eating from the same plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty and friendship. Injera, the traditional Ethiopian bread, is part of every entree. It is a large crepe/pancake upon which the various stew-like dishes are served. The traditional way of eating is with the fingers, which in itself a delicate art. In this manner, a bite sized piece if Injera is broken off to pick up a mouthful of the chosen dish. Come experience our tradition and savor our cuisine!
Visited Meskerem on the recommendation of some who thought it was a good Ethiopian restaurant on 5/21/2011 for dinner, however we came away very disappointed. We tried 2 sampler trays and found the Tibis- (both lamb & beef) were just lacking in the proper spices, the Kitfo was more like Kolo(if you know what that is) hard & dry, their veggies were bland, the shiro was pretty awful. Wouldn't recommend this place to any Habesha. Calling this place Ethiopian restaurant is like saying Taco Bell is a fine Mexican restaurant. You done lost your palate!
What a horrible service and food. What was the sampler for two was so small that it was laughable. The vegetable sampler was even more pathetic. I would never, never go back to this place. It was full of fat flies buzzing around the restaurant and the waitress had an attitude which I couldn't understand, being in the service industry. In a bad economy such as this, I don't think they can afford to lose customers.
Great food, great ambience, great traditional dresses by the waiters and watresses. We ate there a few years back and fell in love with Ethiopian.
We walked from the hotel so did not have to park....so can't complain about parking.
Too bad Fasikas is not longer around, because Meskerem just doesn't measure up. The food, particularly the chicken was not fresh and tasted like old refridgerator baking soda. The service is week, too.
This is some of the best Ethiopian food I've ever eaten. I've been back numerous times and shared it with friends and family visiting from out-of-town; it consistently wins raves. The service is always good and the ambiance is charming if sometimes noisy.
This was a great food experience. The place itself is lovely and the food was outstanding--especially for the price. Though the dishes are very spicy, they are balanced so you taste all of the flavors of the dish rather than just feeling fire in your mouth. Check this place out.
Meskerem is a very good Ethiopian restaurant (though not as good as Langano in downtown Silver Spring)! The food is very good, but not great, the parking leaves little to be desired. In the evening and especially weekends, it gets very crowded and often no one will come to seat you or even greet you for up to 30 mins! If you have to sit upstairs, you'll likely have to sit on a pillow on the floor or one of the really low Ethiopian benches, which I hate! They are very uncomfortable and too crowded for as many people as they try to crowd in their loft! Also, once they take your order and bring your food, they forget about you and you have to literally get up and find your waiter to bring you check or more napkins, water, etc. I do like the food and its great people watching but I stick to the lesser known, less touristy Ethiopian venues where they actually value their customers!
My family was surprised as to the style of which the food was served, but enjoyed the experience. The food was very good. We got the dinner for 3, but it was more like a sampler platter. The service left much to be desired.
My first try at Ethiopian, I couldn't get over the spongy bread... it made me feel like I was eating flesh. This second time, however, I was cured of my repulsion and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed eating with my hands, sharing one plate with 3 people, and breaking (tearing) bread with my friends. It was a bonding social experience. Whatever the flaky appetizer was that we had (I guess their equivalent to a spring roll), was absolutely DELICIOUS, though a bit on the greasy side. We were not the only cold people in the place, and the ambiance leaves a lot to be desired, but the energy of Adams Morgan right outside made up for it.
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