Apr 242013
 
Queen of Sheeba

Coffee at Queen of Sheeba

Coffee at Queen of Sheeba

My friend Jewel was briefly in town and I decided to take her out for some Ethiopian. Queen of Sheeba fit the bill so that is where we went. We arrived at around 830pm and was surprised at how slow they were. We were sat at a booth and ordered a coffee while looking at the menu. I decided on an order of samosas and the veggie sampler platter for two.

It didn’t take long for the samosas to come out. They were hot and stuffed with cumin and cardamom spiced lentils and other filling. The dough was hand made and was flakey, tender, and full of flavor. They weren’t as addicting to me as the ones from Blue Nile Ethiopian in Edmond, but they were still very good.

Samosas at Queen of Sheeba

Samosas at Queen of Sheeba


The veggie sampler platter had six different items on it. The items were green beans with carrots (Atkilt Watt), split yellow peas (Kik Alitcha), collard greens (Gomen Watt), spicy lentils cooked in berbere (Yemsir Watt), potatoes and carrots, and a salad in the middle.

The green beans were pretty good. The only complaint from me was the way the beans were cut they seemed like slivers and I couldn’t fully appreciate the green bean flavor. If they were left whole I would have enjoyed them more. They also seemed to be a bit dry as well. Jewel seemed to love them. She said that they were really good several times and kept on going back for more.

Veggie sampler platter at Queen of Sheeba

Veggie sampler platter at Queen of Sheeba


The split yellow peas were really good. They had hints of cumin, cardamom, and were fragrant and flavorful. The peas were cooked thoroughly but still had some bite and mouth-feel. These were some of my favorites.

The collard greens were also wonderfully flavored. They were cooked perfectly and I didn’t taste any dirt or grit in them. They took the time to clean them thoroughly before cooking them, not an easy task sometimes. I personally cook and eat collard greens myself and am normally lazy by purchasing the frozen or pre cleaned stuff just to avoid having to clean them.

Usually when I get the lentils in berbere they taste burned to me, like they sat in a hot pan too long and got scorched on the bottom and the flavor permeated throughout. Not this time. They were edible for me and enjoyable.

The potatoes and carrots were good. I wish there were more of this item, most of it was sauce and there wasn’t much big potatoes to pick up and eat. A Lot of it seemed to be sauce or potato mush. Jewel liked the potatoes as well.

The salad was a salad. Good for cleansing the palate in between tries of the other five dishes. The salad dressing was tasty as well.

The injera was good. It had it’s typical flavor of a hint of sour sponginess that comes from a fermented sourdough made from wheat and teff flour and then cooked like a pancake.

Injera at Queen of Sheeba

Injera at Queen of Sheeba


I was missing the cabbage and potato dish I have had at other places. I wish it was included because I really like it. Also the portions seemed to be small for two people. I wish they put on about twice as much of everything. Especially the potatoes and carrots, the split yellow peas and the collard greens. I did end up taking some of it home, but there wasn’t much of it left at all, and the ones that Jewel and I liked the most was gone quickly.
Queen of Sheeba

Queen of Sheeba


The waiter was very friendly and service was great. It has been a while since I have had Ethiopian and I need to try to have it more often. I have had Ethiopian in DC and Tampa as well, and this place tasted no different than I have had in other cities. It is not “Oklahomaised” like a lot of the Mexican or Chinese is here. As far as I can tell it is the real deal. If you have not had Ethiopian before and are looking for something different, then I recommend Queen of Sheeba, and I recommend getting the meat or veggie sampler platter so you can see what you like or don’t like.

Queen of Sheeba can be found at:
2308 N MacArthur Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
(405) 606-8616
Open Tue – Sat 4pm – 10pm

http://ethiopianrestaurant.com/

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