Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Is it worth a Dama?

Well, has anyone been to Dama yet? This is the new Ethiopian restaurant that opened up on Roeder Rd, just to the west of the parking lot to the County liquor store (on Colesville).

Since I am not a big fan of Ethiopian cuisine, I doubt I'll be dining at Dama any time soon, but wanted to throw it open to others to see what they think. Maybe I can be convinced to give it a try.

A Yelp reviewer says the wait staff doesn't have the best English, but if that doesn't bother you, the reviewer also said they staff is "very pretty, young." One other on-line review says the food was excellent.

I've also seen mention that Dama will/is serving a vegetarian steak. Now I am not sure exactly what this is, but it does give me pause especially with some things I've read recently about fake meat products. What I found was that many fake meat products contain industrial-food byproducts, chemically processed soy and grain powders, artificial flavorings, colorings, and other chemicals. In addition, many vitamins and minerals are leached away during their high-heat production.

Brendan Brazier, the author of a vegan nutrition guide advises people to drastically cut these products out of their diet, and if possible, drop them all together. It seems the better choice is to stick with products made primarily from whole-food ingredients rather than relying on products made from soy protein isolate, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and TVP.

Or if you choose not to eat meat, just go with veggies and legumes. I feel confident that places like Dama and others can supply you on that front. If it wasn't for the injera, maybe I'd be more open. I guess also it's that lack of texture for me. There doesn't seem to be much of a crunch in Ethiopian food, right? Or did I miss it?

Either way, I'd love to hear what folks have to say about Dama. And if someone did try the veggie steak, how was it?


ian.swank said...

The food here is excellent. I'm a recent convert to Ethiopian food, and I'm still not sure what I'm eating, but I like the taste. The staff is very friendly and willing to make suggestions and explain what I'm about to eat, something that I found was lacking at Langano. Plus, they're right across the street from my apartment, so convenience is a plus in my book. I'm just mad because I had always pegged that location as perfect for a NY deli type place, which I was more than willing to open if I had the cash. Anybody know of such a place in the DTSS area?

WashingtonGardener said...

Ian S - Try Woodside Deli up Georgia Ave across from Sniders.

Glad to se someone is using that Roeder Rd space is kinda tucked in there and was a shame it was empty so long.

Springvale Roader said...

Had some takeout from Dama the other night. The vegetarian platter option. While it is not as good as Abol, it certainly was good enough to warrant getting food from there again.

I had wanted to get the vegetarian steak sandwich, but, 1) it was not on the new menus, though it was still on the big menu on the wall, and 2) the kid at the counter had never heard of it, until I pointed to the wall menu, and 3) they didn't have it that night. It might have been a failed experiment.

The people running the place are very nice. They gave me extra injera for free (smart p.r.) and the place is huge, with an upstairs dining room and store, and backyard dining. Alas, they told me they have no plans to introduce beer or wine to the menu, so I think for myself it will always be a take-out place.

Anonymous said...

Hey Ian

Not walkable but definitely bikeabe - try parkside deli on grubb road.