Restaurant Rave: Ras Dashen
Posted by Patricia Gorecki | 11/15/2013 | Category: Restaurant Raves
Want to try something new for dinner this weekend? Stop in at Chicago's Ras Dashen! Check back weekly to find other Restaurant Raves for great dining spots around the Chicago area.
Ras Dashen, $$-$$$, Edgewater
5846 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
Reviewed by: Trish Gorecki
Located on the popular Broadway Avenue in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, Ras Dashen serves up some of the best Ethiopian food in Chicago. The wide variety of delicious, authentic menu items makes for a truly unique dining experience.
Ras Dashen (pronounced Rahs Dah-Shen) is named after the tallest mountain in Ethiopia, located in the Simien Mountains National Park. Thanks to Chef Zenash Beyene, the traditional home-cooked meals of the region can now be enjoyed in Chicago.
Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted by the warm and friendly staff. Afro-Latin music mixed with authentic sounds fills the air but is set at the perfect volume as to not disrupt your dinner conversation. Seating options range from traditional rattan tables with carved wood topper and leather chairs or standard, American-style tables. For a truly authentic experience, definitely go with the Ethiopian-style seating.
The menu offers traditional Ethiopian foods and includes many vegetarian and vegan options, making it a perfect place for large groups with varied food requirements. If you have never tried Ethiopian food before, you might be a bit surprised by the presentation. Each individual at the table orders their choice of authentically spiced meats, veggies and side dishes. The orders are then served to you on a large tray lined with Injera—a sourdough flavored bread. The flavorful Injera is your only utensil and is used to scoop up the meat and veggies and soaked in the leftover juices for an added treat.
It is hard to pick out a single favorite as all the dishes are delicious (the sides too!) The Doro Wat—chicken and egg cooked in a spicy berbere sauce—is deliciously tender and spicy while the Kitfo Tere—Ethiopian steak tartare seasoned with spiced butter and red pepper—is super hot and a great choice for those looking for something with a bit of a kick!
Sides of Ib—soft buttermilk cheese—and Yeqay Tikil Gomen—Ethiopian-style sweet and sour red cabbage—are perfect compliments to a spicy main course. For a real treat, try the Ethiopian iced tea called Qezqaza Chai. My friend swears it is the best iced tea she has ever had!
No matter what you order, you are sure to leave completely stuffed. Ras Dashen is a delicious choice for those looking for a unique dining option. You won’t regret it!
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