If you are ever hungry in Washington D.C. and looking for some deliciously savory cuisine, you need to head to Keren Restaurant & Coffee Shop for some Ethiopian food. Mr Moore and I got this suggestion from one of his frat brothers and I am ever so thankful (thanks Savage!). When we walked in around 8:30pm, I was shocked. It’s a small restaurant but it was packed with people eating, and people standing around waiting to eat. Even though the hostess told us it would be about a 25 minute wait, we stood there. As far as I’m concerned, if there are tons of other people standing in the aisles waiting to be seated, you know the restaurant is a gem.
Thankfully our lovely waitress gave us the spot by the window so we could watch all the happenings in the square, as the restaurant is along the border of Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan. We ordered the Veggie Combo ($10.99) which comes with six servings of veggies and one serving of meat on top of enjera, or a large and spongy sourdough flat bread. We added an additional side of meat ($4.99), so we had beef and chicken stews to try. These two items plus our two drinks, Mango Nectar and beer, brought our bill to $22!! And we were full to the brim. Too full to even think about dessert. All of the hot veggies (lentils, potatoes and carrots, shiro, spinach, and cabbage) were delicious and perfectly seasoned. The meats were cooked to perfection. Despite the fact that I requested the hottest spice level for the meats and they were on the mild side as far as heat goes, the chicken and beef were still quite full of flavor. This is my second time eating Ethiopian food, and I cannot wait to go back to D.C. just so I can head to Keren and eat more! The one thing I would have changed about this experience, is having more napkins because our hands were covered in sauce after we tore up the platter.
If you are ever in Washington D.C. and you want to try something new, spend a reasonable amount, and get a large platter full of delicately prepared meats and veggies, head to Keren Restaurant & Coffee Shop.