Ethiopian cuisine is a great way to get to know whomever you’re dining with and experience a bold and flavorful cuisine at the same time. Demera Ethiopian stands out because not only do they offer such a distinct and unusual cuisine to most in the city, they also make it very approachable. The menu has a glossary of terms that makes deciding on dishes a breeze.
All of dishes are designed to be shared with a group. Even if you go with just one other person, the best way to enjoy the entire menu is to do a mixed dinner for two. All dishes are eaten by hand using a spongy, sour bread called injera. Because I’m not a savant in Ethiopian cuisine, part of the fun is experiencing the dishes with another novice. Whenever I go I always end up finding a new dish that’s my favorite and new things to talk about.
The beef tartar is a can’t miss dish here. The raw steak comes seasoned with Ethiopian spices and a side of sharp cheese. The shrimp seared in honey wine with jalapenos is also something I try to order every time. When I do the share menu for two, you have to choose at least a couple of vegetarian dishes. This turns out to be a great thing because Demera does amazing things with chickpeas, lentils, carrots and more.
Demera is a communal dining experience that brings people together as much as it delivers a memorable meal.