After a truly lovely evening at the theater (I saw The Caretaker at the Brooklyn Academy of Music - fabulous! I love Pinter), I was quite hungry for some dinner and saw Bati advertised in my playbill. I have never had Ethiopian food before so I was unsure what to expect, how to order, so I got a Vegetarian platter in order to have a bit of everything.
Interestingly, Bati prepares all of their vegetable dishes vegan for Lent, so it was no trouble for me to eat anything! However, my dining companion ordered the meat platter and it all came out on one plate (pictured above), so I had to navigate a bit
Vegetable dishes I tried:
- Buticha - Ground chick peas in a blend of onion and pepper
- Missir Wett - Split lentils in a stew
- Gomen - Finely chopped collard greens seasoned with garlic & ginger
- (can’t find the name) - Beets + Potatoes with jalapenos (sooo spicy)!
I did not like the lentils, but I loved the collards and enjoyed the chickpeas and beets. The chickpea dish came out looking like scrambled eggs. It was odd.
Ethiopian food is eaten with a bread with a slightly sour taste that is reminiscent of a crepe, but no utensils are used - which made eating a fun adventure.
The service was underwhelming, the wine good. I don’t think I’d go back again + again, but it was an interesting experience that I’m grateful to have had.
Bati is located at 747 Fulton St between S Elliott Place + S Portland Ave. You can quite honestly take any train you wish to get there, which is baller.