Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine
Spokane has gained its very first Ethiopian restaurant, Queen of Sheba, and I experienced its opening hour first hand by hand… since there is no silverware. Ethiopian food is an adventure and a rather fun one at that. Here’s some tips on how to make yourself comfortable with this different kind of dining.
1. Be Adventurous: Arrive with your Indiana Jones hat handy. Whip not necessary. Be ready to try anything because I can tell you that it’s all delicious. Hard boiled egg, what? Just eat it! It’s good for you! Roll up your sleeves and dive into the communal bowl.
2. Be Comfortable: Be sure to dine with somebody that doesn’t make you nervous. If you’re worried about getting food all over your face and making a mess, maybe you need to eat by yourself and in a corner. Nobody is going to take a picture of simmered beef all over your face. Well, I might. This is a great place to take a first date. Learn more about them in the first five minutes then you ever would in a lifetime.
3. When in Rome Ethiopia…
It can be messy, but learn the proper ettiquette. Use one hand for eating and stick with it. Here’s a challenge just like Operation, don’t let your fingers touch your mouth while eating. It takes awhile to get used to, but after a few bites, you’re a pro!
I ordered the meat combination platter and it takes a little more Injera than given to finish it in the right proportion. I highly suggest you try the spiced iced tea. It’s sweet, but I’m not sure with what. I’m thinking a lot of sweet spices like cinnammon are infused into it.
While you’re waiting for your meal, you can play a game of Mancala, which is a two player game which consists of capturing stones and getting as many stones as possible in your “mancala”. Strategy has never been my middle name, but apparently it’s @Simonds because he beat me every time. That’s all I have to say about that.
I can’t wait for you guys to try this brand new restaurant in town. It’s fun and I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. The best way to help a restaurant succeed in a town like Spokane is to treat it like a two way street. They can’t do everything on their own. Start by telling your friends, submitting reviews, mentioning them in tweets (@Queen__Sheba), or liking them on Facebook. That’s how you help new businesses get a head start in the local rat race.