Dalo’s Kitchen

Portland, Oregon

3.6 / 4 votes

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Cheap Ethiopian

A vegetarian platter, suitable for two, runs about $9 at Dalo's. A small platter is $4.99.

Note: The entrance is on Williams.

Added by Gregory on Oct 13 07 (last updated Oct 27 07)

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I happened upon Dalo's when looking for vegan dinner options in the neighborhood. Dalo's has a nondescript entrance on Williams and is located inside some kind of community center building. Despite the entrance looking more like a back door, the decor inside is very nice. There is a restaurant seating area and also a bar section.

Dalo's has several options listed as vegan, which are available a la carte, in the "vegan platter," or on the buffet ($11-12), if you are there at the right time. We opted for the buffet, which had plenty of options - injera (spongy bread) with a simple salad (seasoned with vinegar), seasoned rice with red kidney beans, red lentil wat and yellow split pea wat, a cooked cabbage dish, and a cooked gomen or spinach dish. (Otherwise, there were two other dishes with meat in the buffet).

I don't have Ethiopian cuisine often (so I'm not a connaisseur) but the food was satisfying, the server was very nice, and the coffee was good too.

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I love Ethiopian food, but I found the food at Dalo's to be mediocre and inauthentic. The injera was rubbery. The yater alitcha tasted like bland American split pea soup. The miser wot was again bland and very mushy, lacking any defining feature. The tikel gomen (the cabbage dish) was very, very oily and otherwise tasteless. And the iceberg-lettuce salad added nothing.

However, the price was great. One large platter for $9 was more than enough to serve the two of us (with one extra injera for $1). Unfortunately, it also is the best Ethiopian I have had in Portland.

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Directions

The entrance is on Williams.

Non-Smoking

Accepts Reservations

Prices

$ - inexpensive

Payment

  • American Express Discover MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Ethiopian/Eritrean

Features

  • Delivery
  • Outdoor Seating

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Hours

noon - 9pm
closed

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