Awash Ethiopian Restaurant in Miami, FL, a coffee ceremony space is in back. Keep in mind you will be eating with your fingers, although cutlery is provided if you insist.

By Linda Bladholm (Miami Herald) |

MIAMI, Fla.― Awash Ethiopian Restaurant is a sincere no-frills restaurant and the only eatery in Miami with the distinctive cuisine of the East African country abutting the Horn of Africa. Seafaring traders from India rounded the horn in ships bearing exotic spices that flavor the curry-like wats (stews) served on round metal trays set with plates of spongy sourdough flatbreads called injera, made from flour ground from the tiny native grain teff. Sit at chairs around woven basket tables with lids called mesob. A coffee ceremony space is in back. Keep in mind you will be eating with your fingers, although cutlery is provided if you insist.

Awash Ethiopian Restaurant: Start With These Dishes

Get samosa-like sambusa, deep-fried pastry triangles stuffed with an earthy mixture of lentils, green peppers and onion in a thin brick-red sauce made from berbere, a ground chile and spice blend. There’s also tomato firfir, a mix of torn bits of injera bread, diced tomato, green peppers, onion and garlic moistened with oil. Kitfo is Ethiopian tartare made from minced extra lean raw beef marinated in niter kibbeh (clarified butter) infused with ginger, garlic and mitmita, a blend of ground chiles, cardamom, cloves, cumin and cinnamon served with crumbled ayeb (homemade crumbled cottage cheese). Plop some of the raw meat into a bit of injera with some of the mild cheese and wash it down with a St. George, beer brewed in Ethiopia. Or try the dabo, thick strips of bread baked with black sesame seeds and hot sauce dip.

Share These Dishes

This is the ultimate communal dining experience, with everyone dipping their fingers into the heaps of spicy stews on injera that resemble an artist’s pallet with rolled up injera as edible napkins. Eat by ripping pieces of injera and using them to scoop up the spicy stews.

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