Wat's New

St. Louis might not have a booming Ethiopian restaurant scene, but we've got wat.

Assuming you don't object to sharing food from one plate (the kitchen will separate the dishes if you want or if you have carnivores and vegetarians eating together), the biggest obstacle to enjoying Ethiopian food is figuring out which dishes to share — and you will share, even if you intend to eat only "your" dish. The temptation to graze over the whole platter is too great.

At any rate, Queen of Sheba simplifies matters by arranging its menu by style of entrée: beef, lamb, chicken, vegetable. The menu also includes five combinations of various dishes. I recommend pairing one of these combination dishes with one or two individual dishes. Or, rather, your server, seeing your indecision with the menu, will likely recommend this.

The key and doro wat are available in "Combination #1." We ordered this and the yebeg wat on my first visit. On another visit, we ordered "Combination #5," which features the rather tame cooked kifto. We also ordered the zilzil tibs, strips of seared beef, green pepper and onion brought to your table on a sizzling platter, much the way fajitas are. I'd been waiting for these since my first visit, when a waiter whisked past with an order. The aroma from the smoking platter was an irresistible combination of browning meat and that alchemical berbere spice mixture. I wished the meat had been closer to medium rare than medium well, but this was a delicious dish.

Ghebre Michael Hagos and Abrehet Yihdego enjoy lunch at Queen of Sheba.
Jennifer Silverberg
Ghebre Michael Hagos and Abrehet Yihdego enjoy lunch at Queen of Sheba.

Location Info


Queen of Sheba

6665 Olive Blvd.
University City, MO 63130

Category: Restaurant > Eritrean

Region: University City


Queen of Sheba
6665 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-727-7057. Hours: noon-10 p.m. daily (bar open till midnight).

Yebeg wat $8.50
Zilzil tibs $9.95
"Combination #1" $9.95

By this point, I felt fairly confident with the injera, though I still cheated now and then by using my left hand to hold the larger piece steady while I tore with my right. You're not supposed to use your left hand at all. I knew this, but I was trying to master one step at a time.

This visit, at least, I'd remembered not to wear white.

« Previous Page