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Posted by summerk on 09/30/2011
The food was quite good. A friend and I went there with a living social voucher, otherwise it would have been too expensive for my taste. The place was very stuffy though. Once we got our food the waitress asked if we knew how to eat it (my friend and I have had Ethiopian several times), which we answered yes, we know how to eat it. But the waitress insisted we used forks and eat the dishes without much bread. I don't know if they were having a bread shortage that day, but it was really bizarre. We didn't listen and ate it how Ethiopian food is traditionally eaten: using your hands and dipping the food with the bread! Again, the food was good, but I wont' go back.
Posted by Frequent Traveler on 01/18/2008
A group of four of us went to Zed's this week for dinner. A friend of mine loves Ethiopian food, and I love anything interesting, so we were all excited to go. Zed's is a beautiful spot the dining room is elegant, and the service is simply lovely. HOWEVER the prices are simply outrageous for the quality and quantity of the food you receive. Our order of Chicken Doro Watt included ONE chicken leg and ONE hard boiled egg in some sauce for $15.75 and the chicken leg was not tender but hard. We also ordered the mixed vegetables vegetarian entree. This was four 1/3 cup scoops of different cooked vegetables, which set us back $16.95. One of the special entrees which was recommended was the short ribs. They were a few thin slices of ribs that you had to struggle mightily to get off the bone, and were a struggle to chew as well. The only entree of of the four we ordered that I could recommend was the fish of the day, which was tilapia. This was the most generous of the portions, and the best-prepared as well. Zed's has a beautiful atmosphere and very friendly service. Unfortunately the food does not live up to its surroundings.
Posted by Nadrat on 12/10/2006
As an afficionado of Ethiopian food (I am not Ethiopian), I have tried many Ethiopian places in Adams Morgan, on U Street, and in Silver Spring. This was one of the very best, in terms of food, service, and atmosphere. The menu is a fine representation of Ethiopian cuisine. If you are new to Ethiopian cuisine, and don't mind a little spice, I would recommend a "watt" or an "alicha" to start out (the terms refer to the sauce); for instance, there is doro watt (ie a watt made with chicken), beef watt, and shrimp watt. I had the chicken watt, which was one of the best I've had. Another member of my party ordered a rice dish. Ethiopian rice dishes, while nice, are not as much to my liking, since they will be served, like everything else, on top of the huge flat ingera bread, with the implication that one will consume one's entree with the bread--a bit too much carb for me, and I'm definitely not on a low carb diet....Ah yes, and if you happen to have a gluten allergy (a member of our party did), you're in luck, since ingera is made with teff (as in the grain), which is gluten-free. On my visit, the servers were very friendly and instructive, helpful, since half of my party was trying the cuisine for the first time. The only improvement I'd recommend to Zed's: Add some of the low, traditional Ethiopian style tables (I didn't see any of these, unless I just missed them).