I’ve heard of Muzita Abyssinian Bistro for quite some time now, but didn’t have a chance to visit until recently. I am always interested in cuisine from different countries and cultures, so I was excited to experience Eritrean and Ethiopian food for the first time.
The restaurant was quite crowded on a Friday evening, and the staff seemed to be a bit disorganized and scattered. We waited on the patio for a seat for quite some time, even though there were several tables open, and there was some confusion before we were finally seated. Also, no one took our drink orders – we didn’t even get water until more than halfway through our meal – and we were served by several different people throughout the meal, which made it quite confusing.
Samples of Side Dishes
Shortly after we were seated, one of the waiters brought out a sampler of their side dishes for us to try. Unfortunately, the food doesn’t photograph well, but these were: Alitcha Atakilti (stewed seasonal vegetables, in this case root vegetables), Timtimo (spicy red lentils), and Caulo (braised green cabbage and stewed tomato). I really enjoyed the flavors here, with plenty of spice for a rich savoriness.
Even though everything on the menu looked intriguing, eventually date and I were able to each settle on an entree choice.
Shiro + Beggie [$23]
Shiro (Eritrean-style ground chickpeas), sautéed New Zealand leg of lamb, house herb blend, tesmi (herbed butter), garlic & serrano.…