I was craving Ethiopian food for lunch and selected Meleket Restaurant and was not disappointed!
I commenced with an appetizer of three veggie sambussas ($6). A sambussa is a Ethiopian/Somali hand-held pastry, akin to an Indian samosa. Both stem from the original Persian word sanbosag.
The veggie sambussas were stuffed with lentils, onions, and Ethiopian spices, baked in a triangular pastry, and served piping hot with a spicy dipping sauce. The filling was juicy and bursting with flavor. I concluded I prefer sambussas way more than Indian samosas, which I also enjoy. The sambussas' lentil filling was bursting with flavor and juicier than the dry, milder, potato and pea filling found in samosas.
My main course was the veggie combo ($13). The combo included five vegetarian wots. Wot, or wat, is an Ethiopian stew served on injera, a highly nutritious, spongy, sourdough-risen flatbread made from teff. The five wots were: misir (spicy lentil stew), atakilt alicha (cabbage, carrot, and potato stew), kik alicha (yellow split pea stew), gomen (Ethiopian-style collard greens stew), and shiro (roasted and powdered chickpeas stew). In addition to the injera on which the wots were served, there were three additional injera rolls. The meal was outstanding and substantial.
I was impressed by the quality, quantity, and value of the meal. I have spent time in Ethiopia and can attest to the authenticity as well. I highly recommend Meleket and plan to return the next time I'm in Silver Spring.
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