At Wass Ethiopian Restaurant, there are many individual dishes on the menu, but the easiest way to get a bang for your tastebuds is by choosing a combination platter.
By Alana Hudson (The Hamilton Spectator) |
Hamiltonians are often proud of the fact that so many cultures are represented in our city.
Though our restaurants reflect our diversity, African cooking is often overlooked. With this in mind, I parked the car on busy James Street South, close to St. Joseph’s hospital.
The destination: Wass Ethiopian Restaurant. Below street level, the restaurant is split into two parts. One is a cosy dining room — and no, cosy isn’t code for too tightly packed — warm and intimate with the lights dimmed slightly.
We were led to the other area, which felt like a mix between a bar and an indoor patio. It seemed suitable for slightly larger parties or for a more casual hangout. The interior had red clay colored tile floors and white walls hung with Ethiopian decorations.
The server was tending to both rooms. She was very friendly but told us that the traditional honey wine was unavailable. So instead I had Tusker, an African beer, which was a straightforward lager.
There are many individual dishes on the menu, but the easiest way to get a bang for your tastebuds is by choosing a combination platter.
In addition to one of those, I ordered an appetizer that looked intriguing: the bozena shiro (spiced chickpea and beef stew). It came to the table bubbling like lava in a cauldron. We waited a bit while it sputtered to a simmer and then tore off pieces of injera (bread resembling a thick sourdough crêpe) and dipped them into it.
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