The Naughty Vegan: Bunna Cafe
by The Luvely Rae
I’ve tried Ethiopian food three times now and I have never liked it. It’s vegetables, cooked vegetables (see my failed attempt at going raw) so what’s not to like? Well, for me the Injera is just too sour. Now give me a piece of Roti or Naan with those same vegetables and I will eat the entire meal happily. The staff at Bunna Cafe were wonderful. My vegetables were wonderful (okay the few I tried). In fact of the 11 women who joined me for lunch everyone had a wonderful time. If you like Injera then go and have a wonderful time. If you don’t like Injera then may I recommend ordering your food To Go, asking them to put the Injera on the side, and use your own bread like item at home. I can’t tell you which item tasted better than the other because none of the flavors stood out over the Injera and honestly we didn’t know what all of the items were.
Note: Apparently there are different types of Injera made from different grains so I would be interested to try some of the other varieties. Maybe I am less keen on Teff flour as opposed the the fermentation of the flour.
Only get a shared platter if you are really close with the people you are eating with.
That might sound stupid but I seemed to be the only person who washed my hands before digging in. The New York City subway is dirty. I’m sharing food with 4 people and we are all eating with our hands. Basically people ordered more Injera because they were too shy to eat the Injera that covered the plate or they ate the Injera that covered the plate but tried not to venture out of what they claimed as their corner, thus leaving a huge untouched piece in the middle. Hmmm. Honestly, a shared plate is great for couples. Think about it. You are eating with your hands. Your hands meet in the middle (cue baby making music).
My two cents: If you like Injera then go and have a wonderful time.