When I first heard of Abay (pronounced uh-BYE), which is owned by Jamie Wallace, who also owns Alma Pan-Latin Kitchen, I had no idea what "Ethiopian" food actually meant. I've always learned about foods of the Americas and Europe, and really didn't know what was native to countries in Africa.
But, of course, I wanted to find out. Call me curious. I google everything.
James wanted to go out on a snowy Friday evening, one where my own normal commute is all of 2 minutes, but instead turned into a 15-minute, white-knuckled, spinning tires horror story. My little Hyundai Elantra is not built for sudden snowstorms, and his Subaru Outback is...so he came all the way out to get me from West Mifflin, even though Abay is a short 5-minute drive from his place.
Awww, isn't he sweet?
|Abay Ethiopian Cuisine|
|View from our "traditional" table|
We had some problems deciding what to order, since we weren't familiar with what was "good" - so we got a combination platter, and with some help from our waitress, went with Gomen Besiga (beef), Doro Tibs (chicken), Ayib Be Gomen (collard greens & cheese), and Harissa Scallops:
|Ayib Be Gomen & Harissa Scallops on Injera|
|Gomen Besiga & Doro Tibs on Injera|
We also got samples of 4 other items - Kay Sir Dinich (potato & beets), Butecha (chickpeas), Kay Wat (beef), and Tabil Lamb:
|Kay Sir Dinich (potato & beets), Butecha (chickpeas), Kay Wat (beef), and Tabil Lamb|
The best part? Dessert. We ordered the Pumpkin Sambussa with vanilla ice cream and honey:
|Pumpkin Sambussa with Vanilla Ice Cream & Honey|
The dinner at Abay was culturally diverse, as the restaurant aims to be - being in Pittsburgh, you'd never expect "Ethiopian cuisine" to appear anywhere in the mix, but it is - and it's awesome! Looking for a new idea for a date night? Eating with your hands will definitely break the ice, whether the relationship is new or long-term.
Abay Ethiopian Cuisine
130 S. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206