FULL DISCLOSURE: I did NOT receive a free meal or a discount of any kind for doing this review. I paid full menu price- the same as you would if you walked in and sat down for dinner.
I have this friend, Chris. Chris has a talent for finding unusual places to eat that are always great!
Last Saturday, Chris and I and a group of friends all decided to go to the free Comedy Heights show in University Heights near downtown San Diego again (see my other blog about that).
When we decided we'd have dinner prior to going to the comedy show, Chris uttered his now famous words, "I know a place"
He told us all about a restaurant that served Ethiopian food that was less than a block away from Comedy Heights. I would not normally be excited about Ethiopian food....but then again...Chris has never steered us wrong...so I was IN.
Muzita is listed as "Authentic Abyssinian Cuisine" and is located at 4651 Park Blvd.
My only regret is that I forgot the name of our server (she is in the picture we took with me and the owner Abel Woldemichael here). I wish I knew her name becuase she was quite frankly one of the best servers I've ever had!
Being that Chris was the only one who had dined at Muzita before, the rest of our party of 5 (in the pic below) had no idea what to order. So one of us suggested to our server that she decide. The food at Muzita is served up "family style" so we all share. The appetizer was great and the main courses (especially the hot shrimp dish served in a tiny cast iron pan) was both delicious and fun to eat- you eat with your hands in this style of restaurant. You grip the food with a slice of "injera"- a sourdough-risen flatbread with a slightly spongy texture. Traditionally made out of teff flour, it is the national dish of Ethiopia and Eritrea. It is central to the dining process in those cultures as bread is the most fundamental component of any meal.
We shared, we ate and drank and thoroughly enjoyed the experience....we all plan to go back soon.