After reading rave reviews we booked a table at Little Ethiopia in Shortmarket street for lunch with visitors yesterday in quiet downtown Cape Town. I love Ethiopian food and it was great to find a city centre restaurant open on Sunday. The lights and music were switched on as we sat down to a rather indifferent welcome even though we were the only people there! Very authentic decor though. Our shared vegetarian starter on a mat of injera was a little tasteless, followed by four meat and one vegetarian dish. Apart from the Doro Wot consisting of one tiny chicken leg, the flavorings were all pretty much the same, and the vegetarian dish was nothing more than a rather bland brown gravy. We'd asked for a special (R200) coffee ceremony after lunch but it was all done unannounced in another corner of the cafe whilst we were eating and we were just brought cups of coffee and a platter of popcorn with no 'ceremony'. We arrived with high expectations from the reviews but left feeling very disappointed and short changed. Pity. But I'll give the place one more chance.
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