Portland >Food & Dining > Mudai Ethiopian Restaurant
801 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR | Directions 9723245.535162 -122.657489
Neighborhoods: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Irvington
Best Ethiopian Food – The food here is so delicious! The service is great and the staff is warm and friendly...You will get addicted to the spices in Ethiopian food!!!
This is a really nice ethopian reatuarant to sit down and have great food,
not great on decor , kid friendly too.
It had been closed for a sometime, but now open again!!!!
WHEN IS THIS PLACE OPEN??? – Hello Mudai? Are you there? I used to eat here but the last 3 or 4 times I have tried to go, they have been closed! I checked their hours, tried calling, looked in the windows. NEVER OPEN. I loved their food. But I give up. WHAT GIVES??? 5 stars for the food, 4 stars for the price, 3 stars for the service.......and zero stars for the lack of it being open.
Fantastic Food – There's definitely a lack of ambience, however, the food more than makes up for it! This is absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in town. The service is just as good as the food. I am a vegetarian and have brought several friends to the restaurant who have all fallen in love with the variety of dishes you can order.
Just great food at very low prices – My daughter and I dine at the Mudai prior to a Blazer's game. While there isn't much ambiance, the place was neat and clean - and there was no 'unusual' odor. The service was prompt and helpful. It seemed that each meal was not prepared in advance.
The food was great. We enjoyed a selection of dishes, each bringing distinct flavors, quite spicy, but not over the top. And there was plenty for the 2 of us. I have no idea how anyone would call any of the dishe bland, unless they so ordered. And the price? Embarassingly low.
I would like Mudai to provide a bit more 'atmosphere', with interior upgrades and some music -- sure was quiet in there. But the food is excellent, and we look forward to future visits.
No atmosphere, bland food, no waitstaff – Need I say more?! This restaurant is in a basement and smells like it. Not the yummy spicy smell of good Ethiopian food. The food was overcooked, with no flavor, and overpriced. No injera was served with our dinner, except for the lining on the plate. There were no napkins on the table.
At the time that we were there, only one person appeared to be working, while she was babysitting! (We saw her handing one of the kids off to someone else outside before disappearing for the rest of our meal). Maybe this explains the poor service and food quality, but you couldn't pay me to go back and try it again!
Blandest Ethiopian Food Ever – I try to check out every Ethiopian restauarant I hear about, and I'd driven by Mudai many times without stopping, but finally got the chance after leaving my usual favorite, Queen of Sheba, without even getting a glass of water after twenty minutes. (Amazing food, usually poor service.) Mudai wasn't too far away, and I was already in the mood for Ethiopian food, so why not?
An indication of my error glimmered when I walked in and saw the place filled with elderly white folks. Not simply over-50, mind you, but over-65, cane-wielding, fluffy white hair old people. I don't mean to imply that all old white people have a taste only for bland food, but when a restaurant serves food known for its spiciness but fills its tables with people who look like they'd have a hard time handling the zesty exotica of cold porridge, my Spidey senses start to tingle.
I was right to be concerned. While the service was fast and friendly, the food was by far the the worst Ethiopian I've ever tasted. The misir wot tasted like unspiced warm lentil stew, because that's exactly what it was. Every dish tasted like its main ingredient and nothing more. Did the kitchen run out of berbere right before I got there?
Spice defines Ethiopian flavor, and Mudai has none. Unless you normally take your chompers out and set them on a napkin before digging into dinner, skip it and head to Queen of Sheba instead. The service is 50/50, but the food is always spectacular.
Absolutely THE BEST Ethiopian food in Portland – I am addicted to Ethiopian food and I have tried every place in town. Mudai is hands down the best, and has kept me coming back 2 or 3 times a month for the last several years! The food is sooo good that it is difficult to stop eating -- and if you aren't sure what you'll like, you can try a combination platter. The owners are gracious and kind and will help you with the menu if you're not familiar with Ethiopian food.
Try the spinach, with or without chicken, and feel it melting in your mouth... or the kay wat, tender chunks of stewed beef... or the alcha kik wat -- split yellow peas that have been mashed into pure comfort food. or how about lentils? here you can get them spicy or mild; as a main course or as a "salad." (note that the salads come with the meal, and if you like you can spoon them onto the serving platter to eat with the injera bread.) The lamb tibs are succulent and spicy... the collard greens are cooked perfectly, and a wonderful bitter balance to spicy meat or rich split peas.
GREAT for vegetarians and even vegans.
GREAT for people who like spicy food -- but if you don't like spicy food, there are plenty of mild options on the menu (just be sure that you ask about the spice level beforehand if you are concerned -- please don't mess it up for the rest of us that like spice!)
This is not the "trendy" atmosphere of other Ethiopian restaurants in town, which I personally prefer. The focus is on the food and on the act of sharing a fantastic meal with your companions.
Elleni has got to be one of the best cooks in this entire city, regardless of the type of cuisine. Try her cooking -- I guarantee that you'll be back!
You will crave it in your sleep – I think I wrote a review about Blue Nile not too long ago, but after I discovered Mudai I haven't been back to Blue Nile. I love this place. I love that it is not austentacious and has incredible food. I love that the family that owns the place is working there, their kids are there, their friends are there all enjoying good food. I get the Mudai Platter for carry-out or dining in, and at $14 it is enough for 2 people for one meal, or leftovers for me. I love the flavors of the food and the texture of their injera... which even right now as I think about the fresh flavor combinations I am salivating and debating going over there for lunch. Definitely authentic Ethiopian food that you'll keep coming back for.
Sumptuous. – I've eaten here about six times and always had a great experience. I crave the copious amounts of spinach in their Green Chicken and their berbere beef is yum - a good contrast with the chicken. Also they have a honey wine that is smooth and goes well with the meal. Actually everything I've had there has been good and it's really fun to eat with fingers (and injera) from a platter with a sweetheart/spouse. The owners are very gracious, kind and welcoming. The prices are good value, especially for the generous amount of food. The bar upstairs has been a great addition and is a very comfortable place to hang out. They have a new patio overlooking Broadway but it's always been too cold to sit out when I've been there. Fun on a summer eve?
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