Unlike the food of almost any other country, Ethiopian cuisine has grown in a vacuum, undiluted by outside forces. Its mountainous geography kept it ... More
Bete-Lukas Ethiopian Restaurant
Unlike the food of almost any other country, Ethiopian cuisine has grown in a vacuum, undiluted by outside forces. Its mountainous geography kept it largely isolated from its neighbors, and unlike other African countries, Ethiopia escaped European domination, except for a five-year Italian occupation/war with Italy. Only its position as a stop on ancient trade routes brought Ethiopia the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon, fenugreek, turmeric and other spices that are used so creatively. Ethiopian food is served on centerpiece platters over injera, accompanied by plates of more injera, rolled up like so many dish towels. To eat, you simply tear off pieces of injera and scoop up bites of food. Our traditional menu incorporates beef, lamb and chicken. And due to the Orthodox Church's fasting seasons Vegetarian dishes come in abundance and variety of flavors.
Wow! the reviews are right, excellent restaurant enviroment... Yes the owner has dry very funny Personality... This was my wifes and I's first experience with Ethiopian food! Very clean! you walk in and its cloth napkins, wine glasses, romatic! Food was fast but you need to go early we got there at 530 and the place was nearly empty by 6 most tables were filled!
Best ethiopian food I have had in Portland. In fact, it's the best ethiopian food I have had anywhere and I've had a lot of ethiopian food. I love the ambiance. It's elegant and cozy, but you're not paying for it with the prices. Reasonably priced, clean, delicious food, spiced to perfection. I admit I have only had the vegetarian dishes, but they are all lovely. I particularly enjoy the lentil samosas with jalapeno relish and the green bean dish, Fasolia. Green beans are not my favorite, but they saute them to perfection with the right amount of spice. This is a must try ethiopian restaurant if you live in portland or close by.
What a surprise this meal was. The waiter/owner was so knowledgable and took the time to tell us about the food. Being spice shy he helped guide me to those foods that would make me enjoy my first expereince with Ethiopian food. Such a clean resturant and plenty of food on the platter. I will be bringing others back to unique place.
Bete-Lukas has simply the best Ethiopian food we have ever had in this town, for that matter here or Seattle. Know we have found our best. My family of six loves Ethiopian food alot and we are happy that we have found you. We will be back with more friends.