I celebrated my 23rd with an awesome dinner at Desta Ethiopian Kitchen. It's something different, fun to eat and not too stuffy yet it provides just enough ambiance to make it special. I'm no specialist on Ethiopian cuisine so I don't know much about the food but I can tell you that, taste wise, I enjoyed all of the foods we had that night.
We ordered the breakfast combo (pictured above) consisting of fir fir, kinche, Ethiopean style scrambled eggs and chechebsa. If you have no idea what these items are (like I was) worry not, for the menu explains all in understandable form. The highlights on this plate were the fir fir and the eggs. The fir fir (on the left) is pieces of injera that's soaked in a spicy and savory red pepper sauce with beef. I love spicy and savory foods so this was a home run for me. The slight sourness the injera brings to the dish works well in the dish. The scrambled eggs were also excellent -- scrambled with onions, tomatoes and peppers. Try eating the eggs with the firfir - it's awesome.
We also tried the meat and lentil sambusa. It comes with a side of sambal to dip in, which I highly recommend using.
We finished our meal with a plate of golden tibs accompanied by a plate of injera. Injera is a spongy, somewhat sticky and sour "bread" that comes out with most of the main dishes. It kinda looks like a crepe with holes when you unroll them and it's perfect for scooping up meats or other dishes with sauce because it just soaks up all the flavor. The golden tibs were very tender and flavorful -- sauteed with tomatoes, onions, garlic and peppers. You can also ask for spices to put on top of your dishes. I forget what it was called but there was this orangeish powder that comes in the spice tray. It's salty, has slight heat and it's like crack for food. There were 3 other spices but I enjoyed that one the most.
It was a great meal to end the day and with the best company to make it that much more special.