I have to confess that I don’t know a whole lot about Ethiopian food, except that I like it. My first Ethiopian dining experience was during a trip out to San Francisco in 2000. My friend SM took me to a cozy little place in her neighborhood of Lower Haight. What I remember was that it was cheap ($10 for both of us, not including tip and drinks), fun, and delicious.
Fast forward a few years. I’m in the Bay Area again, but now I live here. I’ve still only had Ethiopian food a handful of times, which accounts for my lame ordering. I have no idea what anything is, so I typically order the veggie combination, a meat dish, and a glass of honey wine.
Last month, the boytoy and I had hot Saturday night date planned. He had never eaten Ethiopian food before, so I was excited to share this experience with him. Being the creature of habit that I am, we went to Cafe Colucci in Oakland, which is the better of the two Ethiopian restaurants at which I’ve dined. (I’m open to trying new places, people… so let me know where your favorite Ethiopian food is served!)
Here are the reasons why I think Cafe Colucci is a great date place:
– Romantic, cozy atmosphere. Good lighting.
– Eat with hands. Could be messy but fun/relaxed.
– Sharing food. Sharing IS caring.
– Exotic. You can test how adventurous your date is, food-wise. (Other testing should be performed elsewhere.)