Microwaved Ethiopian Food???. Ive been a big fan of Zoma for a few months now the food was tasty, and thought it was a great place for ethiopian dining. Even though the service is below average, the only other gripe I had was that they only served unfiltered tap water. None of that stopped me from going until my last visit. I looked at the Vegetarian combo, I had ordered and the vegetables looked overcooked, and like vegetables that have been microwaved, I don't use microwave ovens for the last 7 years anymore once I learned how it irradiates food, and caused health problems like cancer. The look of the food caused me to get up and take a peak into the kitchen, and voila, just like my intuition told me, there was a white microwave oven in there teeny tiny kitchen. Never again will I eat there. I was highly disappointed especially considering there prices are not cheap at all. Eat there at your own health risk!
Editorial Review. Dine on the delicious cuisine of East Africa at Zoma in New York. They offer a menu of various Ethiopian food favorites.
ZomAzing!!. I ate at Zoma last weekend. It was my first time eating Ethiopian and all I wondered is what took me so long!! The food was absolutely amazing. Started off with the stuffed fillo pastry with the ground sirloin, which I recommend. Then since I never had the cuisine before we decided to share one of the platters, which consisted of 3 meats and lentils prepatred in different sauces, served w/ Injera ( a spongy bread that is use to scoop up the food, no utensils!!) Everything was amazing. The lentils were definitely my faves though. We also tried the Tej Ethiopian honey wine and it was good also. I can't wait to go back!
Very Good Ethiopian in Harlem.
As this is my first restaurant review please excuse me if I wander all over the place.
First, the restaurant is absolutely clean, spotless. It is brand new and has that feel which is a huge selling point. Second the atmosphere, low lit, candles, quiet music in the background, is very romantic. We went on a Saturday evening and it was not crowded since most people in the neighborhood haven't yet clued in to this fine Harlem establishment. We had the vegetarian combination which came with four different entrees. We selected Atakilt Wett (fresh carrots, potatoes, cabbage and onions, sauteed with garlic, ginger and tomatoes in a mild sauce), Kik Aletcha (split peas cooked and flavored with green peppers, onions and mild spices), Shiro Wett (chickpeas, lentils and peas roasted, powdered and cooked in a berbere sauce with a multitude of spices), and Buticha (pureed chickpeas seasoned with red onions, garlic, jalapeno pepper, olive oil, lemon juice and fresh herbs). The food was delicious. It looked simple as it sat there on the platter but love and care went into the preparation. The result was flavorful without being overpowering, with the right degree of spice that even the pale American tastebud wouldn't be too taxed.
Mediocre. Kind of disappointing. Food was bland and not so fresh. Decor is nice but that's about it. Service was also not so good. A good spot for drinks if you live in the area, but not the place if you are looking for good Ethiopian food.
I Love this Place. I love Ethiopian food but have been generally disappointed in Manhattan Ethiopian, so when this new restaurant opened I had high hopes that it would be great; I was not disappointed. The atmosphere, the service, the FOOD! It's all so good. They have a really nice wine list as well, and their injera is to die for. My favorite dishes are the tilapia (grilled) and all the beef dishes, but that's just because I've only been there enough times to get through 1/2 of the menu. By all means, make the trip to this Harlem restaurant. You won't be disappointed.
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