415 W Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN | Directions 3721136.110909 -86.747131
great food, great service – The food at Gojo is excellent -- I am vegetarian and have tried only the veggie options, but they're uniformly good.
Also, a friend from out of town left his gloves there, and they mailed them back to him, for free -- this was very kind, and much appreciated.
Unique & Delicious – Finally had a chance to check out Gojo. It doesn't look like much from the outside -- it's just a little orange building -- but once inside, the place is beautifully decorated in traditional African themes, warm, sunny and immaculately well-kept. It was lunchtime, so a small buffet was set up, which was perfect for trying a variety of the dishes. Ahmed explained the various dishes to us, and even showed us how to properly eat using the unique injera bread. I had to try everything, of course, and am glad I did. It was all delicious. It really did feel like we'd been invited into the home of a proud host who wanted nothing more than for us to love this unique cuisine. We did.
Go to Gojo – I went to a little restaurant today at the intersection of Nolensville Road and Thompson Lane. I had never tried Ethiopian food and probably would never have thought to eat there. It's a little orange building next door to the Twin Kegs store. Once inside, it was warm and inviting. The staff is very nice. At lunch, there is a small buffet. The cracked lentils, split peas with ginger, and spicy green beans were great. For a vegetarian, it was nice to have three choices. The food was like comfort food, but low-fat with no dairy. I'll go back again and again.
What an amazing experience – Every now & then you have an experience that you just cant wait to go home and write a review about. Gojo was definitely that experience. We ordered two lamb dishes, lamb over rice and a cubed lamb dish. Both dishes were expertly prepared & the enjerra bread (spongy sourdough flatbread) was perfect way to blend all the flavors together. Definitely try the sweet tea, its a iced chai drink that was also a pleasant surprise. The service was outstanding & really made you feel like a family member. We actually thought our waiter was the owner because of his enthusiasm describing the dishes & also explaining differences in Ethiopian cooking styles. Highly recommend and cant wait to go back.
Feels like you are a guest in someone's home... – Don't let the exterior scare you; the dining room is beautifully and tastefully appointed and impeccably clean. The word "Gojo" translates as "home" in Ethiopia, and you are made to feel as through you are a guest from the moment you walk in by the genuinely friendly reception. The spiced Ethiopian tea is a refreshing treat; the spices used give it a unique flavor with a tangy aftertaste and isn't at all heavy or overpowering like most spice teas. The meat dishes (beef, lamb or chicken available) are served on a large piece of enjera bread (also spelled as injera...it is a large piece of flat, somewhat spongy bread and is gluten free) and a basket of several pieces of rolled enjera accompany the meal. In lieu of silverware (which is readily available for those who don't love eating with their fingers), a piece of enjera is used to scoop the food from the plate. Sides of lentils and squash were served with our order. I had the Qey W'et, a beef stew-type dish well seasoned with onion, garlic, and a seasoned butter and popping with flavor. My friend had the Yebeg Alicha, a lamb dish that leaves a mild taste of tumeric and ginger in your mouth. Because of the enjera, the food is very filling, and the serving sizes are generous for one person and would serve two if accompanied by a salad. The menu is easy to navigate and describes each dish in detail; in addition to the meat dishes, an impressive selection of vegetarian dishes is also offered. Ethiopian music playing quietly in the background lends to the exotic feel of the restaurant. The prices are very reasonable, especially in light of the amount of food served. Our tab for both entrees and two spiced teas (free refills on the tea) came to about $24. The lunch buffet, which I have not tried, is advertised at $6.99. I would recommend Gojo especially for large-group dining, as the central serving style easily lends itself to samping of multiple dishes...also perfect for leisurely weekend lunches or that tricky 3rd date spot.
Cool experience – I'd never eaten Ethiopian before, so I was very excited to try Lalibela. It looks a little sketch on the outside, but the inside is very nice and there was a big tv to catch the Manchester/Chelsea game. The food was good. When they say "hot", they mean it...the food was spicy. The mild beef tips were delicious. My only advice is, don't go there unless you have a lot of time. The service was quite slow, which was a problem because the food was spicy and I needed extra water. Overall, a nice experience...I would go again.
Amazing Ethiopian Food – If you like ethiopian food, this is your restaurant. It is just a little hole in the wall on Thompson Lane, but excellent food, prices and service.
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