Addis Ababa Restaurants

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    Jamaican Rastafarian: Jah Restaurant

    by SirRichard Written Nov 18, 2006

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    Lamb Curry
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    This is (as far as I know) the only Jamaican restaurant in Addis. And what has Jamaican have to do with Ethiopia? Jamaican rastafaris (remember Bob Marley?) were descendants of ethiopian slaves brought to America and claimed to go back to their roots as a sign of liberation in the 20th century.
    Ethiopia has a large rastafarian tradition and this is a main centre of it. The restaurant is located in the gound floor of a cottage where is also the Rastafarian centre.
    The food is healthy and more than enough, as well as the many delicious juices. I had lamb curry and mango juice for 3,3 USD.

    Favorite Dish: There is an atmosphere of "kaya" and reggae floating in the air here...

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    ENESRA: THE BEST RESTAURANT IN ETHIOPIA

    by DAO Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    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

    Favorite Dish:
    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!

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    The place for coffee: Tomoca

    by SirRichard Written Nov 18, 2006

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    Inside Tomoca
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    If you are looking for coffee, this is THE temple of coffee in a country famous for this product. A humble temple by the way, and very popular among locals. In this tiny cafe (there are no tables, just a bar and a few places to stand and sit on high chairs) you can find escellent coffee to drink there and to take away.
    A bit expensive for the average: 2,5 Birr (25 cents USD) for a macchiato when the normal price is 1 Birr (10 cents). But the quality of the coffee justifies the unusual expense :-))
    It is interesting to just seat there and see the people come and go. They ask for a black coffee with sugar (the standard here), chat for a while, read the newspaper or so and go. It was pretty full when I went there.

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    Tomoca: Best Coffee in town!

    by leonik Written Sep 16, 2005

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    Italian-style café serving REALLY good coffee (ETB2 each for the standard or normal coffee) and great muffins! Try the coffee muffin if it's available!!!

    They serve other types of coffee too: American, Famiglia, Swedish etc.

    Order and pay at the cashier, who will give you a colored chip and you'll present it to the counter who will give you your coffee. Help yourself to the sugar at the counter.

    Picture: Justin (from Wales) and me... enjoying a steaming cuppa (i had 3 cups!)!

    In my opinion, each cup is equivalent to about a double-triple espresso shot!

    Favorite Dish: It's Ethiopian coffee!

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    FASIKA NATIONAL RESTAURANT: IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE NIGHT

    by DAO Updated Oct 17, 2011

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    DORO WAT
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    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

    Favorite Dish:
    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

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    Castelli

    by SirRichard Written Nov 18, 2006

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    The main gate

    Some say this is the BEST italian restaurant in Africa. I can't tell as it was closed for restoration when I was in Addis, but it really is a reference point for taxi drivers, everyone seems to know it.
    Reservation is required (days in advance in high season) specially at night.

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    Castelli's: The best Italian restaurant in Africa? The World?

    by niamey00 Updated Jan 18, 2005

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    For nearly three weeks of travel outside of Addis, we had been dreaming of a meal that consisted of something other than injera or overcooked pasta. Don't get me wrong, I LIKE injera, but the craving for something different persisted. In hotel rooms from Axum to Lalibela, we would reread the description of Castelli's. Could it really be that good? When we finally returned to Addis, we went. After opening the door, and seeing a huge antipasta buffet, and an Italian grandma-type happily esconced behind the cash register, speaking nothing but Italian, we were hopeful. The food was great, especially the gelato for dessert. The next day, we pondered returning again for lunch or dinner, but we were embarrassed to return so soon. We decided to the next day, our last in Ethiopia. It was a Sunday. Castelli's is closed. We almost cried in the rain!

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    COTTAGE RESTAURANT & PUB

    by DAO Updated Nov 4, 2011

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    THE COTTAGE !
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    This place is a real treat. The do fondue for two, great steaks and fantastic french onion soup. The large menu is very international. This is an upscale restaurant with fine white linen and it’s illuminated by candlelight. The service is friendly and professional and the management let me in to take pictures while they were closed. Started in 1963, the Cottage is a great dining experience and can always expect an upscale meal and great service. I have eaten here in 3 separate years and its always great.

    They also have a real wooden English Pub in the back that was shipped here from London! Impressive.


    Open: 12:00-14:00 and 17:30-22:00 7 days a week

    Favorite Dish:
    French onion soup, steak smothered in peppercorn sauce. And a nice bottle of Axumite red wine
    or a choice of cold beers.

    THIS IS A DAO RECOMMENDED RESTAURANT

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    ROMINA: IT'S SPECIAL

    by DAO Updated Oct 17, 2011

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    OH YES! SIZZLING FOOD OUTDOORS !
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    This place is busy day and night. There is a very good reason for that as well. Romina make seriously good food. I have never made a reservation and they have always found me a table, inside or out. It looks like a kind of café or pastry shop, but their chefs mean business in the kitchen. Staff are lightning fast and if you give a small tip (about $1) they will remember you the next time you arrive.

    They do a full Café and Bakery menu with the best coffee (Ethiopian!) in the world. So if you want a light snack or just a coffee, this is a nice place to go.

    They also do breakfast.

    The main reason to come here is definately dinner. They have a solid menu of Ethiopian favorites. On warm nights you ca ndine outside. If its rainy, have a seat downstairs. This restaruant just makes you feel good.

    Favorite Dish:
    The Romina Special! Injera with several sauces and rice. A samplers delight. Washed down with a cold St. George’s.

    THIS IS A DAO RECOMMENDED RESTAURANT

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    THE OLD MILK HOUSE: SKY HIGH VIEW - LOW PRICES

    by DAO Updated Oct 17, 2011

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    THE VIEW!
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    The Old Milk House has the most commanding views of Addis Ababa, especially at night. Located 10 floors up and next to the huge United Nations complex, you can see al of Addis Ababa. The staff will even let you climb up on the roof itself. Please be careful, there are no safety rails! The best thing about the Old Milk House? Is the food! Yes, it has a great bar, cold beer, great views, pretty waitresses who are friendly and excellent bathrooms. Having said all that, the food is heavenly. They have an impossibly huge menu with everything from Steaks, to fish, Injera, pasta, you name it. The also do light snacks. I always get the mixed grill. A little of every king of meat and fish too. It’s absolutely mouth watering – every bite. This is a must eat place in Addis Ababa at night. And the prices? For what you get – cheap!

    This is also a great place to bring a camera for lunch. A good meal and good pictures!

    Favorite Dish:
    Just about any starter, The Mixed Grill as a main (a must!), several friends along and a few St. George’s beers.

    THIS IS A DAO RECOMMENDED RESTAURANT

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    ALL RESTAURANTS: VEGETARIAN DISHES

    by DAO Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    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.

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    Finfine Adarash Restaurant:: Real Ethiopia

    by ardelean Written Aug 18, 2005

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    Restaurant Interior

    This restaurant is really attractive. It is also a hotel. The seating is traditional, with round basket-like tables (the Ethiopian word is mesob). The interior is almost a museum with traditional musical instruments and baskets on the wall.

    You could try some Tej, the tradional honey wine or some Doro Wot, which is made with chicken and egg in a hot curry sauce on sour dough bread. Come here after the baths to chill out.

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    ISOLA VERDE PIZZERIA: SIMPLE AND EASY

    by DAO Updated Feb 3, 2008

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    Ok, you are probably wondering why I have a picture that is clearly not a pizza on a tip about a Pizzeria. That’s because I ate breakfast here. The picture is of Meat Fir Fir. Quite filling and relatively inexpensive. This little restaurant also does 17 varieties of pizza. Please ignore the guidebooks that say they do not open until noon. I found them open and serving breakfast – no problem.

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    Jewel of India: Addis's Best Indian!

    by DiploTraveler Written Jul 6, 2005

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    While Addis has a surprising number of Indian restaurants -- ranging from the Sheraton's glamourous but blah Shaheen to the veteran Sangam on Bole Road, Jewel of India is currently serving the best to be found in Ethiopia. Located in an old villa, the Jewel makes up in good service and friendly ambiance what its somewhat shopworn decor may lack in elegance.

    Favorite Dish: Menu highlights include to-die-for butter chicken, fabulous dahls, and first-rate starters including delicious onion bhaji (not on the menu, but available on request).

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    MON AMORE – PIZZERIA: GREAT FOOD IN MESKAL SQUARE

    by DAO Updated Jun 20, 2008

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    Slightly hard to find, but worth finding! It’s in Meskal Square near the Post Office and around the corner from the National Hotel. My pizza (pictured) was lovely and had loads of meat and cheese. My friends had a burger and a club sandwich and rated them highly. It’s a great place for a spot of lunch and the service is great. If you are in the area, stop in for a good pizza and a cold drink.

    Favorite Dish: PIZZA !

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