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Posted by Anonymous on 10/01/2011
I have come to love the restaurant from the 1st time eating there. I love the atmosphere, food, wait staff, and even the other patrons that cine there. Eating with my hands has always been told to me that it's not right but seeing things from a different cultural lens has shown me that it's natural, easy, and not complicated. I'll be going again about a week
Posted by Sam F on 10/05/2010
Ras Dashen...... I need a minute to calm down..... I love Ras Dashen. I am a suburbanite and when ever there is a special occasion for my wife and I, we are off to Ras Dashen. Yes we have to drive 2+ hours round trip but it is soooo worth it. The part I HATE most about Ras Dashen is when I get full. Imagine a small Northside-of-Chicago-restaurant on a Friday night with some funky-good-vibe music from the live band in the background. As you pause to come up for air from eating, you look outside and the L is sparking past in the distance. You might be sitting a just a regular table or you might be sitting at an authentic small round table that they use in Ethiopia (I guess). And if you are lucky enough, the head chef may be roasting some coffee beans and bring them around for everyone to smell. I don't know if it is a tradition or keeps away the evil spirits or what but they have never done that for me at Chili's. I could tell you how good the food is but you might not believe me. Instead I will be as objective as possible as you might of guessed that I would gush on for another 2 paragraphs about that too. The bread used to pick up the food is not like any bread you have had before. It is a cross between pancake, sourdough, and jello. They offer a good vegetarian selection on their menu as well as a good meat offering. Many of the dishes have a thicker sauce to them and range from a 1 to a 7 on the spiciness chart. There are some very interesting wines to try there as well. I hope to see you there.
Posted by bob on 08/25/2009
quite disappointed. my meal was lamb. very oily but good flavour. the two veggie sides (kale and spinach) were miniscule and bland. will likely go elsewhere for ethiopian food.
Posted by Jolanta on 10/17/2006
The reason why I even tried ethiopian is because I felt like having finger food when I saw it in the movie. Thankfully when I looked it up on the internet Ras Dashen came up. It is th most deliscious ethiopian food you will even tried. I have been going there for a year now at least once a month even though it is a 40 min drive for me. I have tried ethiopian in New York after Ras Dashen and it tasted like bitter mud. Ras Dashen is deliscious. I highly suggest it. The beef (27, 25), the chicken (#19), veggie combo, everything deliscious. Atmosphere is great too. Sometimes they have a tradtional band there, and it just puts you in a great mood. I will agree however that the service is slow. However the great tasting food makes up for it. Anytime I go there the place is pretty filled up, but I always manage to get a seat pretty fast. The drinks are expensive, but a glass of wine goes prefect with it all. GREAT PLACE, GREAT FOOD, I'll see you there.
Posted by GourmandGuy on 08/26/2006
I am a big fan of Ethiopian cuisine. My first visit to Ras was as expected -great decour, mixed crowd. The live drumming was a nice touch for creating atmosphere. We ordered mainly vegetarian cuisine and were impressed. The portions were hefty and the flavors for each dish were unique. I found the Tilapia dish to be a pleasant addition, different from other similar restaurants. Two hours later, we had closed down the place. I dare you to leave any injera left on the table!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/25/2006
My first Ethopian dining experience and I was quite pleased. The food was great, especially the spicy chicken and lamb dishes we had. Don't be shy about eating with your hands either. It's not as messy as you think and the injera is great! The servers were very friendly and helpful as you most likely will have no idea what you are ordering when you come for the first time. She also knew her beer and recommended a great bottle of Xingu to compliment the meal. A decent value too, as it was all in all about $20/person for a meal that included appetizers, entrees, drinks, and dessert. Just be sure to make reservations, because even though it may seem like its in the middle of nowhere outside, this place can be hopping on the weekends.
Posted by Cisco on 02/13/2006
I have tried all of the Ethiopian places in town and this is easily my favorite. I enjoy their combination plates, which allow you to get good size portions of two dishes and still share three vegetable dishes with the rest of your dining crew. Personally, I love the kitfo and find that it is slightly different every time. That can be both good and bad, but I have found that it never disappoints and that the changes are subtle. The chicken dishes leave something to be desired since there are only a few to choose from and I believe all you get is one drum stick, which is hard to eat with the injera if you're sharing. The lamb and is a much better option here. The tilapia is great, but is not included in the comb. One of the things addis ababa did well before it closed was provide a normal combo, a veggie combo, and one that also includes fish. Ras dashen does not have a fish combo yet and so you either have to get it alone or convince someone to get it with you. Usually worth it, but it would be nice if they would add a slightly more expensive combo that allowed you to get fish. Finally, there are also some dishes that you cannot get in the combo unfortunately. They are very tasty beef dishes, but they come alone. Hey, at least it's not ethiopian dimanond where you can only choose from a small selection of combos you did not create and do not get any vegetable sides to go with it. The service is average; it can take along time to place an order or get the bill, but the food is prepared relatively quickly. This place is not overly expensive but it will come to 20 bucks each without alcohol if you get a soda or something.