Fit for a Queen

Sheba offers a large repertoire of mostly legume-based vegetarian dishes, including shiro wat, puréed split peas reddened with paprika and berbere; kik alicha, a milder purée of yellow split peas, onions, and green peppers; mesir wat, a somewhat sweet stew of red lentils with a chili-like flavor; and gomen wat, fresh collard greens crunchily sautéed with garlic, ginger, and tomatoes. These dishes are available à la carte for $12 or $13 each, or a sampling of five for $23. If you're set on ordering meat or seafood, don't despair, because two vegetables accompany each main course. You get quite the meal for your money here.

There are so many tempting menu items, but to make ordering easier, you might opt to share one of two larger dishes fit for King Solomon. The first is a meat combination platter, which should be called a meat/vegetable combo, for there are three of each generously portioned upon the plate. The other, "Sheba's Best of the Best," is "destined to be shared between two," but designed for three or four -- the prodigious $46 platter piled with five vegetable dishes, five meat dishes, and some shrimp tibs for good measure (or the same number of seafood dishes for $10 more).

Ethiopians don't eat much other than fruit for dessert, and none of the sweets here are worth breaking with tradition. Still, those who like their rum cake soft and laced with a load of liquor are likely to appreciate one of the three flavors served up (vanilla, banana, and chocolate). Coffee, thought to have originated in the highlands of Kaffa, was marred by an overly heavy infusion of cinnamon. Tea is a better bet, or maybe you might just uncork another bottle of South African wine, kick back, and bask in the warmth of this utopian Ethiopian restaurant.

Gracious service and a cozy setting make for an easy 
intro to exotic 
Ethiopian fare
Jonathan Postal
Gracious service and a cozy setting make for an easy intro to exotic Ethiopian fare

Location Info


Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant

4029 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33137

Category: Restaurant > African

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District


305-573-1819. Open for lunch Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; dinner Monday through Thursday 4:00 to 11:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4:00 p.m. to midnight, Sunday 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.
4029 N Miami Ave, Miami

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