Moya: delicious Ethiopian cuisine in San Francisco

Moya is the latest Ethiopian restaurant to open in San Francisco and one of the best places to get vegetarian food in the city. Located in the south of Market (SOMA) district, Moya’s airy restaurant is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

We tried the lunch vegetarian special ($15) for two persons which includes kik alitcha (split yellow peas with onions, ginger, garlic, and turmeric); misir wot (split red lentils simmered in a special homemade Berbere sauce (special house blend of red chili peppers and other traditional spices, olive oil, herbs, and special homemade spices); atkilti wot (fresh blend of seasonal veggies cooked slowly in a combination of spices, onions and garlic); and gomen (chopped collard greens sautéed in oil, onions, and a special mixture of herbs and spices). The food is served with injera, a soft Ethiopian flatbread, on a large round platter, and everything is eaten with the hands (like in the Philippines, where we sometimes eat on banana leaves).

Although I am not a vegetarian, I love eating vegetarian dishes that are piquant and spicy, exactly the way Moya prepares them. The menu has beef, chicken and lamb dishes for carnivores, and they priced between $12 to $15. The vegetarian dishes are $10-$12. I was impressed with the quality of the dishes at Moya and the reasonable prices. I will definitely come back.

121 9th Street (at Mission)
San Francisco, CA 94103
+1 415 431 5544

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