Outside of Little Ethiopia lie a number of noteworthy Restaurants and today we had the pleasure of dining at Palm Grove Ethiopian Restaurant.
The quaint establishment boasts a little shopping area where they sell lentils, spices and a selection of products from Africa.
Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee and they’ve got the beans here. The strong coffee is heavily roasted and a serious jolt of caffeine.
Sparkling water from the African nation is also available.
The menu is vegetarian heavy which suits us just fine. We don’t feel any lack when we order the vegetarian plates.
The vegetarian special is a rich and satisfying combination of spiced red lentils, split peas cooked in turmeric that remind us of Texas chili, collard greens stewed with garlic and jalapeño, shiro also known as herbed legumes, azifa or lentil salad, buticha which is a chickpea spread, green salad with a tangy vinaigrette and a spiced tofu based dip.
The vegetarian plater easily feeds two and with the addition of one other entree, will feed three or four. An excellent value at around $25.00.
The “plate” and “utensil” for this cuisine is the injera bread. A soft. spongy, sour dough tasting flat bread that is a delightful vehicle for the heavily spiced dishes.
The waitstaff will ask how hot you like your food and when you ask for spicy that is what they deliver, so answer according to your tolerance for chili heat.
An Ethiopian tea is served in a fat tea pot containing a brew of cinnamon, cardamom, and clove infused hot water. A tea bag and sugar are available to add to the tea or you can do like we do and drink it straight.
Palm Grove brings the remarkable flavors of Ethiopia with a straightforward menu that is easy to navigate. We recommend the vegetarian special and if you need more you have a choice of beef, chicken or fish, all wonderful additions to the shared feast.
Palm Grove Ethiopian Restaurant, 1905 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90018 Phone – 323-730-0994