Ethiopia has always graciously shared its meager resources with the world, like 1985's Live Aid, which they presumably held to buy the band a new microphone or something. Now it's even sharing its lambs with San Diego, at Bayu's Authentic Ethiopian Cuisine.
Owned by an ex-UN housing organizer who worked a decade in East Africa, Bayu's got an all-Ethiopian kitchen staff overseen by said owner's recently-emigrated mother to ensure the fare's "not Westernized" ("if it's supposed to be spicy, it's spicy"), all of which is served in the former Cafe Blue space, now decked out with kaleidoscopic chandeliers, African photography (purchasable, with 10% given to the orphans pictured below each), and authentic table-top Mesobs, which you'll tell sensitive dates you do every time you think about said pictures. Community-plated mainstays include the country's most popular dishes (accompanied by Injera, a crepe-esque flat bread): "Special Kitfo" (finely chopped beef/ special butter/ top-secret spices) served with Ayib (Ethiopian cottage cheese), and a spiced stew of slow-cooked chicken dubbed "Doro Wot", not to be confused with what an aghast Jay-Z might rap to someone named Doro. Other authentic eats range from "Meat Sambosa" apps (pastry shells stuffed w/ ground beef, sauteed onions & green chilis), to potted, tender sauteed lamb entrees like "Yebeg Tibs" in spiced butter with onions/chilis/rosemary, to a for-two, nine dish sampler called the "Taste of Bayu's" -- hopefully less oily than that of the Bayou's.
Though they're pending on a license, they don't yet have beer and wine -- actually a good thing, as they'll have two less things to pour All Over You the next time you insensitively misinterpret their historical events.
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