Lemat - Ethiopian in South Berkeley



Finally got around to trying this place. They say they’re open until 10:00, but they put up the closed sign at 8:15. That might have been because we were there on Ethiopian Christmas, but I’d call ahead to make sure.

They’re open for breakfast, no menu on the web site. Some friends who stayed at our house while we were out of town went and said the chef was trained as a baker makes a lot of unusual things. I think the sign out front says they’re opening much earlier than the web site says.

They also offer Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

Vegetarian / vegan combo on left, meat combo on right. Clockwise from the white scoop at the top:

  • shiro wat (powdered chickpeas)
  • ye doro wat (chicken & egg)
  • alicha y’beg wat (lamb)
  • ye’siga wat (spicy beef)
  • gomen (collards with meat)
  • lentil something
  • misir kik (lentils)
  • alcha kik (split peas)
  • gomen (collards without meat)
  • cabbage
  • house salad in the center

Plenty of food for two. The ye’siga wat, shiro wat, and lentil thing at the bottom were my favorites. Lamb, misir kik, and gomen with meat were also good. Next time I’ll probably just get the ye’siga wat, which was as good an Ethiopian dish as I’ve had. I think Cafe Colucci’s vegetarian dishes are more interesting.