Even if the food leaves much to be desired, we have to give Habesha, possibly the only Ethiopian place in Bangkok, some credit for its novelty value. The food arrives as it should on a giant platter lined with traditional sourdough enjera (teff flour) bread. This bread is then torn with your fingers and used to scoop up the little servings of entrees in the middle. If you can handle the touchy-feely-ness, this makes it a pretty low-key, sensual date spot if nothing else. The modest ambience is a bit muddled, there are some nice ethnic artifacts (thankfully, no tourism posters) on the wall but then a rather makeshift looking divider screening off the kitchen spoils the effect. The presence of Ethiopian uncles lends authenticity, as does the little set up on the floor, where they roast their own coffee beans. This being said, the food is extremely hit-or-miss. The menu is brief, with around fifteen dishes, and pretty heavy on lamb and beef options. The enjera bread is hearty and spongy, but a lot more sour than other Ethiopian places we’ve been to, especially if you’re pairing it with an already sour dish like the tibs (spiced strips of beef or lamb with onions and green chillies, B230), where the meat can sometimes be undermarinated. The yetsom combination is a set of four vegetarian dishes—some good, like the rich and spicy miser (red lentil stew in pepper sauce) and some flavorless, like the atekelt (mixed seasonal vegetables)—making us wish we had the option to order just the former, but alas. Still, the lone Ethiopian waitress, while a touch shy, is charming and efficient. On our last visit, the owner came up to our table, asked how the food was, then broke some extra enjera bread with her hands, and placed it on our platter, an unprecedentedly personal touch. And the coffee, thick and chocolatey and served with smoking charcoal on the side, is simply phenomenal. What we’re saying, oddly enough, is that you may not like the food, but you should go anyway, because it’s cheap and cozy and something worth experiencing at least once. And who knows, you might catch them on a good day.