I found this restaurant just after it first opened. It looked like a snack bar. When the fantastic food arrived at my table, I found out just how wrong I was. When I entered I just wanted a fast food lunch. I was warnly wleocmed and a menu arrived. It was full of great Ethiopian specialties. They also did have a very good looking, and smelling, pizza oven. I ordered tibs (1st photo) and my guide ordered Bozena Shiro (2nd photo). Wow! It even looked georgeous. Absolutely fantastic. It was so amazingly great I came back one evening for dinner and have a lovely and lively evening.
Fresh Touch has a pleasant courtyard with outdoor dinning (recommended!) on a covered porch area. They offer coffee and a full coffee ceremony, a full bar, snack food and a full range of Ethiopian dishes – including a full Vegetarian menu. And if you just want a pizza - they are highly recommended here.
If you are out and about on a hot day, Fresh Touch is a great place for a cold drink. They have a well deserved reputation for ice cold drinks. This extends to the evening when they serve ice cold Ethiopian beers, great food on the tables outside. An absolutely fantastic experience.
The staff could not be nicer and you simply have to ask or snap your fingers (considered polite in Ethiopia) and everything is taken care of.
If you are looking for a good drinking den at night – it is a popular venue.
Marhabarawi and some cold St. George’s beer. This is the 3rd photo. 'Marhabarawi' means a bit of everything on Injera. You get both meat and vegetarian dishes.
If you manage to visit the historical city of Harer, make sure you have at least one meal here. They are the real deal for a large meal that’s full of flavour and still won’t cost a lot. They specialise in Ethiopian dishes, but I like a lot of food. Especially if it’s good Ethiopian cuisine. The main picture is my meal. Just ask for ‘Marhaberawi’. I am not sure how it is actually spelled, but it means ‘brig me a little of everything!’. All served on Injera of course. You get meat (beef and/or lamb), chicken, egg, vegetables and several sauces depending on what dish they put a portion of onto your big meal! Just looking at the photos I can see tibs, kitfo, doro wat, fir fir, vegetables and salad.
It’s not gourmet, but good solid food. Throw in a large gin, a few Harar beers and you have a good feast.
The restaurant itself is large and airy. There is a large terrace area if you want to dine outside. Inside they have a coffee ceremony area, music and even a sort of dance floor towards the rear.
The staff are friendly, helpful and a good laugh. I was made to feel very welcome.
Harar is not blessed with a lot of restaurants, but Hirut was good enough I ate here twice during my stay in Harar. Its god fun, good value and a good time.
Get in there!
Please take 2 notes down:
1) They have many great tasting vegetarian dishes
2) The non-Ethiopian dishes are not great looking. One of the party I ate with ordered fried chicken and it didn’t look great (on of the photos)
Any Ethiopian dish and a big gin!