Leena Eats: A Tale of Two Ethiopian Restaurants (in East Bay)
Ethiopian delicacies from Cafe Colluci in North Oakland
Right on the border of North Oakland and South Berkeley is a strip of Ethiopian restaurants as far as the eye can see. And if you know me? You know I loves me some Ethiopian food–the perfect blend of spices that isn’t as bold as Indian food, but somehow melds together to this harmonious blend of heat and spices you probably never use you in your kitchen. Paired with the sour-dough-flavored spongy injera bread, and I could easily eat this stuff every day of the week.
We always start our Ethiopian meals with a beer. This is Harar.
Lamb tibs at Cafe Colluci in North Oakland.
Our meal at Cafe Colluci. Lamb tibs on the far side, and from left to right, dinich alicha (spiced potatoes), yemisir watt (spicy lentils), gomen (collard greens), and kik alicha (yellow split peas). While this is not the best Ethiopian I have ever had, it was quite good.
The vegetarian food from Ethiopia Restaurant in South Berkeley. Not my favorite by far. It just tasted...underspiced, if you will.
Doro watt (spicy chicken) and lamb tibs at Ethiopia Restaurant. This was pretty good, as far as doro watts go, fairly spiced and flavorful. The lamb tibs was probably the strongest part of the meal, spicy and delicious.
6427 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
2955 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705