“A blend of spice, a blaze of color, a burst of flavor” – see, smell and taste the true pageantry of Ethiopian food at Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine in Orlando, Florida

By Lauren Delgado (Orlando Sentinel) |

ORLANDO, Fla.― Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine delivers on its promise of “a blend of spice, a blaze of color, a burst of flavor.” This restaurant brings an authentic, fun experience to Orlando’s tourism area with its hands-on delicious food and the friendly service that can make an unfamiliar cuisine a new favorite.

Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine: What I would try a second time

I decided to go beyond the meat and vegetable combinations (more on each later in this article), and add kitfo ($13.90) to our packed gebeta (a large platter). I’m glad I did: the finely chopped beef was well-seasoned with herb butter and had a hint of citrus. My kitfo was served rare, a la steak tartare, but it can be cooked to medium or well-done temperatures.

A quick primer for newbies to Ethiopian cuisine: The dishes are served family-style on large platters lined with injera, a flat, spongy bread. Diners are also handed rolls of this bread to use as utensils. Rip off a piece of injera, pinch a portion of meat or vegetable, and pop it all in your mouth. The idea is to eat much of your meal with the rolled injera, allowing the bottom piece of bread to soak in the sauces for a later treat.

What I didn’t like

Selam’s injera, although its usual moist and spongy self, was served cold.

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