Abyssinians rank with East Indians among the great vegetarian cooks of the world. Ethiopia was the second nation (after Armenia) to adopt Christianity, and Orthodox (Coptic) Christians, about half the population of both Ethiopia and Eritrea, observe some 200 meatless fast days a year. Entrées at Muzita, whether meat or veg, come with a salad and a choice of three veggie sides — but my favorite veggie wasn’t a side possibility, only an entrée. I made a deal to get a half portion of shiro, puréed chickpeas, for half price. It arrived as a separate course, worth the effort and the money: rich, dark, complex, a bit sour, so satisfying it might justify sacrificing a meat entrée.
– Naomi Wise