This local restaurant/bar is run for several years by a gentle lady who serves you with a big smile.
Locals also come here, so you can feel in Ethiopian atmosphere here, while watching the passers by.
The restaurant offers you excellent food at an equal excellent price!
For a dish you will pay for example 35 birr, or +/- $2.
It is not haute cuisine, but it is very tasty and healthy.
It was our favorite spot during our stay in Lalibela!
Favorite Dish: My favourite dishes were:
1. French toast: grilled bread with egg around it....
2. Tibs with rice: Tibs are little pieces of meat, and it is served with rice and vegetables. Not too much, not too little.
3. The undisputable fresh mixed juices: you can have them mixed with avocado, banana, mango, papaya and pineapple. hmmmm... !
Ben Abeba is a new restaurant in Lalibela, Ethiopia, offering traditional Ethiopian food as well as western style food in comfortable surroundings with spectacular views from a choice of dining areas.
Lalibela is a tourist destination that is growing in popularity as word of the wonderful ancient rock-carved churches spreads.
Favorite Dish: the absolut amazing view makes this restaruant absolut unique on earth
built up into the air
very good food and friendly service
This was so good – I had it for lunch twice. They give you a real steak with a large slab of partly melted cheese. This is great if you want a lot of food relatively quickly. You also get to sit on the Seven Olives patio overlooking the mountains. An excellent combination. Specify you want a beer KASS KAZA. That means cold. Well priced for what you get.
The photo doesn't do this massive steak justice. Its thick!
This is a place where you can get excellent food.
The owner offers local food especially fasting food and also some more westernise dishes like pasta or Pizza.
My friends had local food and they enjoyed it very much. I choosed pizza and it was truly great despite the fact that there was no cheese.
I definitely recomand the unique restaurant, good healthy and cheap.
Local food was 15 birrs and my pizza was 20 birrs. Beer is at 7 birrs.
If you wish, some musician can play and sing. We decline the performance.
Favorite Dish: Pizza
The Blue Nile is just up the hill from the main entrance to the rock churches. It’s a simple family run place that serves Ethiopian food. I stopped in fro breakfast when I was really hungry. I ordered Fir-Fir of course. The down side – they made it from scratch and it was slow. The upside? It was good, was plenty of food and was cheap. A good choice for Ethiopian food.
This local restaurant is in the downhill part of the town, near the Tourist Info.
It serves good breakfasts and the main dishes are huge. They have "normal" (not only injhera) dishes as rice with vegetables and hamburgers and the prices were very convenient too.
The local dishes are excellent and delicious. In average you will have to pay about 8 Birr for a local dish and about 15 for a western dish like pizza or roasted chicken. A coke is 4 Birr and a Dashen goes for 5 Birr. If a woman comes in shaking hands with the guests, you know you are facing the owner. She was living for a long time in France and to organise the needed ingredients she sometimes goes personally to Addis Ababa to organise them. Its interesting to chat with her.
After our delicous injera meal in the Unique Restaruant we had of course a coffee ceremony, the second one that day. Our host sitting on her stool started to burn her charcoal stove and at the same time some incense. She roasted the coffeebeans at a iron plate.
When she find out that we liked to make pictures of her and the ceremony, she disappeared to change her clothes. She came back in her most beautiful white natala with a nicily decorated border or tibeb.
At that time the coffee and the incense has started to smoke so heavily in the small room, that we hardly couldn't make any clear pictures of the ceremony and the lovely lady.
In the Unique Restaurant we had the local injera, but in almost every restaurant in the country you can eat it. Injera is the national staple, serving as a base for a meal. Injera, made of the local cereal tef, looks like a thin pancake and tastes a little sour.
The food like vegetables, meat, sauces is heaped on top of this pancake. Also the injera can be served rolled up beside the food. Anyway tear of a piece of the injera and wrap it around the food, using the injera as ''spoon''.
Injera is served at a communal tray at a mesob (mushroom-shaped table). Use always your right hand and avoid touching your mouth or licking your fingers. Take the food only from your side of the communal tray.
And with the injera we drunk the local tej, the popular Ethiopian honey wine.
We got the advice to have dinner in an unique restaurant in the livingroom of a local house. Our driver brought us to the place passing very dark alleyways. When we arrived at the place we saw the sign "Unique Restaurant''. This must be the place.
A few years ago a family has started this restaurant in their livingroom serving the local injera. Their livingroom was extended a bit now, so three small groups could eat at the same time. It was a very cosy place in a lovely local ambiance.
Favorite Dish: The local injera and the loca tej.
After we had finished our pizzas for lunch, the host of the Blue Nile Restaurant invited us for a coffee-ceremony. It was rather cool in the room and we had enough time left to visit the second group of churches that day, so we accepted the invitation.
The lady sat on her stool besides the charcoal stove. To create a good ambiance, she burned incense and also the freshly cut grass didn't miss on the floor. First the coffeebeans were roasted. Next the beans were ground with a mortar and brewed up with water.
We drunk our three cups with lots of sugar with pleasure before we went back in the outdoor heat.
In front of the Blue Nile Restaurant there are some benches and chairs, where you can sit in the shade under a pavilion roof. And if you are lucky there is some breeze too.
It's a great place to spend your long lunchbreak at the hottest time of the day and have some drinks, waiting for the preparation of your pizzas.
If you look for a toilet, you have to go behind the building to find a quiet place somewhere in the steep alleyways between the houses.
The Blue Nile restaurant is known of its faranji (Western foreigner) food. Here you can eat the best pizzas in town, served on large plates with delicious vegetables.
We ordered here our pizzas for lunch at the day we visited all the churches in town.
This basic local restaurant is located between the 7 Olives and the Norther Group of Churches.
I just went in for a coffee and toast, but it seemed to have a normal menu and it was really cheap.