Why here? Well, it’s close to the airport off Bole Rd, it has excellent Ethiopian food and a live music/dance show every night at 8pm. If you want to see waitresses dressed in the different tribal clothes of Ethiopia and dancers performing varied tribal dances (and in outfits), then this is the place for you. I could not believe what great value this place was for entertainment, quality & quantity of food and some great Tej! This is a fantastic night out and a real flavour of the diversity of Ethiopia. It also has a good vegetarian menu.
Please note: Haile Gabriel Selassie (fastest Marathon runner in history) eats here (pictured). He even signed my guidebook!
CLOSED ON SUNDAYS
Doro Wot (spicy chicken in a red sauce with whole boiled egg) and Tej (fermented honey wine that takes 1 year or more to make!)
THIS IS A DAO RECOMMENDED RESTAURANT
SADLY THIS GREAT RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED (DEC. 2008). IT IS NOW A PARKING AREA FOR TOUR BUSES.
This is a nice Italian Restaurant near the Train Station and the Lion of Judea Monument. You can sit outside on the porch and watch CNN or dine inside. It always seems quiet here, yet the food is very good and well priced. Service is exclusively yours. I always seemed to be the only person there during lunch. Every dish and soup I have had has been good, my beer cold and the bill reasonable.
THIS IS A DAO RECOMMENDED RESTAURANT
London Cafe and restaurant is amazing. A full size aircraft model is build into the wall of a building where people are living. The aircraft is made of fibre glass/hard plastic. You can sit in the aircraft by entering it on the front stairs or you can go in from the basement and take the stairs up to the aircraft.
Favorite Dish: The place is known for Melewah, which is a Yemeni pastry.
Bon cafe and restaurant is a popular restaurant for foreigners and middle class ethiopians. It is located in the embassy area in the upper part of Bole road. You can sit in open air at the top floor.
Favorite Dish: This place serve their own special ginger tea with or without alcohol. Price 11 birr.
Very nice place with traditional furnitures. Friendly environment, nice staff, good food, good dancers, traditional songs... all you can ask to get a taste of Ethiopia! The only "con" is the music volume, which is usually too loud to allow a conversation.
Every night there are four dancers performing traditional dances with their traditional clothes (and one of the female dancer is, IMHO, gorgeous....). Very often they try to involve the customers in their dances, but usually foreigners are left alone, especially if they are eating. The atmosphere is friendly anyway, and the food is very well worth the (ridicolous) expense, which usually is about 5-6 euros per person. When the food is about to arrive, a guy comes at your table and pour hot water to wash your hands. Same at the end of your meal, and sometimes he also brings a hot towel that makes the experience even nicer. A "must go", definitely!
Favorite Dish: All dishes here are very good, from the traditional (several kinds of) tibs, to the fresh injera, to the vegetarian sauces. Don't miss the grilled fish, it's delicious!
I love this place. Great food, live entertainment, great service and surprisingly low prices. They have it all:
• Live Music – every night!
• Fantastic food. Fresh, premium cuts of meat, vegetarian options
• Great decorations of Traditional Ethiopian life
• All the friendly staff are dressed traditionally
• A huge and lively bar downstairs
• Lots of ex-pats (downstairs)
• Family oriented (upstairs)
• Performance of the Coffee Ceremony every night
• Great selection of ice cold beers and local wines
• Great prices
I have tried several dishes and they are all delicious. All mains come with 4 different sauces to add extra flavour. Try the local Axumite Red Wine. Semi-sweet and light.
THIS IS A DAO RECOMMENDED RESTAURANT!
I really wanted this place to be good. A guidebook talked it up and I planned to go, even though I knew it was an Ex-pat hangout and expensive by Addis Ababa standards. It was not good. My starter was deep fried and tasteless. My main meal was a deep fried burrito and it tasted so bad I barely finished it. Beers are extremely expensive as well.
It’s a shame as the décor was very nice. I should have known something was wrong when several taxi drivers in the Piazza area had never heard of it and when I walked in there were no other customers. Give this place a miss!
Ethiopia is a vegetarian utopia. The majority of people here are Ethiopian Orthodox and ‘fast’ 2 full months and sometimes one day for the rest of the year. Fasting here means no meat, or diary products (i.e. egg, butter, milk, and cheese). Because of this ALL restaurants have vegatarian dishes. Lots of dishes and they are served in a variety of sauces and styles. One of the most popular is called ‘Alicha’ and its served in its only little simmering pot which is brought to you table with injera. This dish can have several variations.
Some other vegetarian dishes include:
Aterkik Alitcha - split peas prepared with light sauce
Atkilt Wot - cabbage, carrots, potatoes simmered in sauce
Atkilt Salata - boiled potatoes, chilli peppers mixed in salad dressing
Buticha - chickpea dip mixed with lemon juice
Inguday Tibs - mushroom sautéed with onions
Fasolia - string beans and carrots sautéed in caramelized onion
Gomen - collard green cooked to perfection with spices
Misir Wot - pureed split red lentil are simmered berbere sauce
Misir Alitcha - pureed split red lentil are simmered in mild sauce
Shimbra Asa - chickpeas flour dumplings & cooked in wot
Shiro Alitcha - mild split peas are milled together & slow cooked
Shiro Wot - split peas are milled together and slow cooked
Salata - Ethiopian salad, dressing: lemon, chilli peppers & spices
Timatim Selata - tomato salad, onions, chilli peppers & lemon juice
Please note: Spellings vary wildly on menus.
Tomoca coffee-bar is the oldest coffee bar in Addis Ababa. The place is very small and without tables, and the interior and the coffee machines are old. The Etiopian coffee is served black with sugar, but you can drink a variety of different coffees there.
Elephant walk / restaurant in Bole road is on of my favorite places for eating. They have western and Ethiopian food, and it taste good and very cheap. And the location in Bole road is great. It's easy to get in touch with the friendly people sitting next to you. Ethiopian beer is good!
The Ethiopians put grass on the floor to welcome people.
Located on Nambia Street, near Select Pub & Restaurant and Blue Drops Café & Restaurant. They have a musical band which starts at 10 o’clock. The seating inside is very nice and the general atmosphere is very good. Drinks are expensive. The worst thing in this Restaurant is the toilet which is really horrible.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the local dish, Ferfer and lamb. It was mild and tasty.
Located on Bole Road in front of GTU Commercial Center. The place is visited by both the locals as well as the tourists. There is a large TV screen which shows music video clips. Beggars gather in front of the main gate watching the tourists inside. Despite the name, New York Café serves local food more than American or International meals. It’s a good place to have a drink and watch the beggars dance.
Favorite Dish: Their Spaghetti with tuna is not bad but not too good either.
This is another Yemeni restaurant which serves Middle Eastern food. It’s located on Ethio-China St.,and not very far from Ibex Hotel. Near to Al-Mendi restaurant, there is a chain of Middle Eastern restaurants such as Al-Ruha Restaurant, Sudan Restaurant and Lebanese Restaurant.
Al-Mendi is less expensive and less crowded than Sanaa Restaurant in Meskel Flower Rd. It’s much brighter and homely. A plate of rice and chicken will cost you around 85 bir (7-9 $). This will be enough for two hungry persons.
Favorite Dish: Their rice and roast chickent is delicious. Don't miss it.
This is a Yemeni restaurant located on Meskel Flower Road and provides traditional Yemeni dish like Mandi (rice with chicken or lamb chops). It is very crowded with Moslem Ethiopians and is difficult to find a seat. A plate of mandi will be enough for two or three persons. It includes rice (large portion), lamb chops, curries in small bowls and a piece of bread. They donot serve drinks ( beer or wine).One meal will cost you around 85 bir (7 $ ).
Favorite Dish: The rice with lamb chops is great. You must be hungry to finsih the whole plate.
It is located on EU Road, near the Green View Pastry. The restaurant provides Lebanese food; shish kebab, lamb chops, chicken tikka and many more. It is popular with the French tourists and diplomats. Here, the Ethiopian waitresses even speak Arabic in Lebanese dialect. It is a very expensive restaurant in that area, for a simple chicken tikka with humus will cost you around 180-220 bir (15-20 dollars)
Favorite Dish: Their Chicken Tikka is good. Order it with Hummus and some Lebanese pickles..yammy.
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