***** (5 stars)
I love Ethiopian food, and Selam has some of the best I encountered anywhere. It’s great that Orlando now has an Ethiopian restaurant that is open at lunch time!
Our group of four shared two of the sampler platters, one vegetarian and one not. I was the only one in the group who was familiar with Ethiopian cuisine, so it was wonderful that both the server (owner?) and chef visited us with explanations of everything. Our group loved every bite!
We also finished with the coffee service. They roasted the beans to order, and brought them out in the hot pan so we could smell the wonderful aromas before they ground them.
Really a delightful experience, and we will be back soon!
Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine
5494 Central Florida Pkwy
***** (5 stars)
I really like Ethiopian food. It’s healthful and tasty. Of the various places I’ve tried, this is my favorite. I mostly go for lunch, which is never busy, but always good. For $9 you can get four of their best vegetarian items, or you can trade out some for meat items.
Ethiopian food is traditionally served without utensils, but with a stack of crepe-like bread that you tear off and use to pick up the food. I find the bread a bit filling, so it’s nice that you can ask for a fork.
Service is very friendly, and the Ethiopian tea and coffee are both delicious.
The place is easy to find, because of the bright yellow awning out front, and the sunny, happy motif continues inside, with colorful window hangings and bright walls. If you haven’t tried Ethiopian food, you should check it out.
Addis Abeba Ethiopian Cuisine
1322 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
**** (4 stars)
I like Ethiopian food. It’s healthful, varied, and just different enough that it’s a fun break from other ethnic cuisines. If you haven’t had it before, be forewarned that no utensils are involved. Instead is is served with thin “bread” that is really a pancake or crepe. You tear off pieces and use it to scoop up the various food.
Although I’ve had Ethiopian food a few times before, it was better at Nile than previous places I’ve been. The flavors and textures and levels of spiciness are nicely varied if you select one of the combos for two. We had the chef’s special, which included both vegetarian and non-vegetarian items. We also had an appetizer assortment, and I like those three items even better: triangular stuffed pastry, chopped tomato salad, and a lentil puree.
Service was friendly, and the owner, who was relaxing on the fron porch, thanked us for our business when we left. A nice, exotic member of Orlando’s ethnic dining scene.
Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
7048 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32885