DAS is located in Georgetown at the corner of 28th and M St., an easy walk from campus through the shopping Mecca of Wisconsin and M. The historic ... More
DAS Ethiopian Cuisine
DAS is located in Georgetown at the corner of 28th and M St., an easy walk from campus through the shopping Mecca of Wisconsin and M. The historic corner once held by Zed's Ethiopian Restaurant continues business under a new name. The building itself is an attractive, whitewashed, two-story affair with a small patio overlooking M St. for fair-weather dining. DAS is suitable for both the casual diner and the well-dressed Georgetown elite.DAS is a favorite for the Washington, DC political power players' actors and international traveler it is not unusual to hear various languages being spoken at the dinner tables at any given night. The word DAS, in Amharic refers to a decorative disc placed on the roof apex of Ethiopian huts.
I'm usually a big fan of Ethiopian and often go to one of the great and cheap Ethiopian restaurants around Adams Morgan or the U st corridor. But I decided to give Zed's a try and was disappointed by the mediocre food, crowded tables and over-priced entrees. There's also a $7 surcharge for shared entrees.
No idea what real Ethiopian food tastes like, but I liked Zed's. The novelty is of course that you eat with your hands, using the spongy sour-dough pancake, which is a lot of fun with friends or even a date. The food here tastes milder (less bitingly sour) than at other Ethiopian restaurants I've tried near Adams Morgan, so I'm guessing it's less authentic but I prefer it like this! The interior felt like a comfty little cottage and since it's at the very end of the Georgetown drag it was less crowded than other restaurants we tried. Can't really name anything we ordered (one meat, one veggie combo platter), but it was all fairly good and definitely not overpowering or harshly spiced. I wouldn't say that I've developed a craving for anything we had, but it was definitely good enough for us to come back with friends or family for a culinary adventure.
We really enjoyed feasting on the sampler dinner and shrimp appetizer. Unfortunately I have to give Zed's a poor rating because I got food poisoning which lasted several days. The dining room looks nice but if the bathroom is an indication of the kitchen, this explains everything. Lots of pictures of government officials on the walls... this must have been in their heyday. At least their service is prompt and helpful.
try the vegetarian dishes and the mushroom dish The lentils are wonderful and the spices delectable. They have the best bread to eat everything with. The special tea is a good accompaniement, and the rich desserts (non_Ethiopian) a fantastic ending to a fantastic meal.
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