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“This was my first ethipian food experience. would not go back”
Review of Meskerem

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Ranked #2,031 of 4,307 Restaurants in Atlanta
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: Ethiopian
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Reviewed 30 August 2018

Dark dreary interior. Food good, but not pleasant eating there. I much prefer food and ambiance at Desta, in same shopping center.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Marc S
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Reviewed 23 July 2018

This restaurant used to be very authentic with great food - zilzil tibs, yebeg wat, kitfo ... unfortunately new ownership has caused the food, service, ambiance to decline. We were disappointed ! there are better options like Behel in the neighborhood

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Iliketravel101010
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

One evening my wife and I were in the mood for Ethiopian cuisine. Because the waiting time at the other two Ethiopian restaurants nearby were long, we decided to check out to Meskerem Restaurant. The cavernous hall resembled a dance club and bar but was almost empty. There was a lone dude sitting outside on the patio and an Indian-African couple sitting in a booth. The lack of customers was not a good indicator on such a night when their two other competitors were so busy, but we wanted to check out their menu before ruling it out. It was intriguing that half of the menu consisted of Ethiopian dishes and the other half West African ones. From my suboptimal experiences with other eateries that had too many pan-continental menu choices to please everyone, I was not sure whether the dishes at Meskerem would really be authentic or watered down. What tipped the scale into us staying was that the Indian woman said it was delicious. Was it wise to trust an Indian woman’s judgement on Ethiopian food? Not sure, but her African partner didn’t say anything, so we assumed he concurred, and we decided to give this place a chance anyways.

I ordered a West African peanut & tomato stew (Lamb Mafe, $14), and my wife ordered Ethiopian (Meskerem Veggies Combo, $12). The waitress gave us each a glass of water, disappeared into the back kitchen, and then we waited, and waited…..and waaaiiiiited. Sometimes, she would pop out to survey the situation but then disappear back in without giving us an update on our order, an apology why it was taking so long, or water refills. After a while, I started to joke that they were probably shopping for missing ingredients or taking time to butcher the lamb in order to prepare my dish. 45 minutes after taking our order, the waitress briskly walked out from to kitchen, but it was not for us…she was delivering a hookah to the dude on the patio outside! It took that long for her to assemble and deliver a hookah? Geez…how much longer would it take them to prepare our dishes?

We patiently sat in our booth while the Indian couple next door nibbled and chatted away. After a full hour of waiting and speculating, the joking stopped, and we were getting frustrated, impatient, and hungry. It was late and almost empty in Meskerem so it made no sense why it was taking them so long to fill our orders. We concluded it would now be worth it to wait in line at one of the other two Ethiopian restaurants nearby than to have Meskerem continue neglecting and disrespecting us. To be fair to the staff, we gave them 15 more minutes of our time, but with still no food on our table or a progress report after a total waiting time of 1.25 hours, we had enough, got up, and left. We really wanted to give Meskerem a chance, but they totally blew it. With two other Ethiopian restaurants of reliable quality and superior service just a short walk around the corner, why would we ever come back and waste our time? Thumbs down!!!

Date of visit: January 2018
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Thank Horn E
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Reviewed 4 October 2015

Food is good and filling. Typical of nice Etheopean food. Not sure the waitress spoke fluent English but was very attentive.

Date of visit: October 2015
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Thank beaumont333
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

That was a nice discovery. Ethiopian food is quite good. Lots of favors, spicy but not much, healthy and nutritious. We tried both sambusa as appetizer: beef and lentils, and liked both. Then, one dish of lamb (stew) and one beef (also stew) with two vegetable sides each, allowing us to trie all sides! Again very flavorful and a different experience to eat with your hands using their typical bread, which has a unique texture (similar to pancake). Next time we want to try these dishes with rice, probably better, as the bread doesn't taste much. Overall it was a great 1st experience and the service was nice and friendly. Ethiopia, you are on!

Date of visit: March 2014
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2  Thank 625guyh
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