Awash Ethiopian Restaurant opened in early September 2017, making it one of the very few places in South Florida where one can procure cuisine from the Horn of Africa.
By Zachary Fagenson (Miami New Times) |
There are many ways to eat raw beef, but Ethiopians do it best. At Awash Ethiopian Restaurant (19934 NW Second Ave., Miami Gardens; 305-770-5100; awashmiami.com), the national treasure called kitfo ($12.99) arrives on a gleaming metal platter heaped with finely diced raw beef and seasoned with clarified butter perfumed with garlic, onion, and perhaps fenugreek, nutmeg, and ginger. Alongside it sit rolls of the spongy, stretchy flatbread called injera, a small dish of a fiery-red powder known as mitmita, and a knob of house-made cheese.
To eat it, you tear off a piece of injera and pick off a hunk of the ground meat about the size of a walnut. Then grab a bit of cheese, preferably the verdant one flavored with collard greens and garlic. Finally, dab it all in the mitmita, and pop it in your mouth. Repeat until satisfied.
There’s something ceremonial about eating this way. Using your hands to share a meal from a single platter brings you closer to your dining companions and the food itself. That’s just what Awash’s owners, husband and wife Fouad and Eka Wassel, planned.
This airy space is decorated with traditional Ethiopian accents, such as stunning portraits of Ethiopians in traditional garb and a spindly pillar with protruding supports used to hold up village huts. Awash Ethiopian Restaurant opened in early September, making it one of the very few places in South Florida where one can procure cuisine from the Horn of Africa.
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