The sultry spice of Doro Wat, Ethiopia’s national dish, at Cafe Lalibela

The Killer Dish: A regular installment in which our dining critic examines an outstanding local dish — its history, who created it, how it’s made and what makes it special.

Cafe Lalibela in Tempe is a teeming trove of sultry scents, a mix of toasted chiles, cinnamon, cardamom and coffee swirling around platters of meats and vegetables that look like a desert landscape, carefully mounded into miniature dunes. But while the varied dishes can be ordered a la carte, it’s difficult to find a table that hasn’t ordered doro wat, Ethiopia’s rich and intense chicken stew.

 

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