Injhera is the NATIONAL food in Ethiopia and sometimes the only food you will find. It is a soft humid pancake made of cereal that serves both as tablecloth and food. It is the base of most of the meals, they simply put pieces of different foods on it. You are supposed to eat it with the hand (only the right hand!), taking a piece of pancake and wrapping a portion of food with it. So piece by piece the "tablecloth" disappears, as well as the food.
It is not bad, nore tasteless, it is even delicious once in a while... but after eating injhere 3 days ecery meal you start longing for some (any) "faranji" (foreign) food!!
After a meal in a restaurant or invited at a family's house you will for sure experience a coffee-ceremony during your visit in Ethiopia. Your host sits on a stool with her charcoal stove. To create a good ambiance there is mostly also incense burning and freshly cut grass scattered on the ground.
First of all the coffebeans are roasted at a iron plate. When it starts to smoke and smell the host will draw it towards you, so you can inhale its flavour. Next the beans will be ground with a mortar and brewed up with water.
When the coffee, called buna in Ethiopia, is ready, it's served in tiny cups with lots of sugar. You have to drink three cups at least. The last one is the blessing cup or berekha.
If you are desperate about injhera and there is no international restaurant around, spaghetti and pasta dishes are a good option, as it is a common meal in all menus. Italian heritage I guess... Anyway don't expect it to be "al dente", and if you don't like spicy food ask for them plain, no sauce at all...
We stopped at this road bar for a drink during one of the bus rides. If I had a slight doubt about it belonging to the world famous hotels chain, it certainly disappeared after going in! I had a "shai" (tea) with a lot of sugar (10 cents).
If you like to have a quick lunch, you can go to a pastryshop. We did in Debre Birhan, after we had some delay because a blocked road caused by an accident north of the town.
You can order different types of coffee and soft drinks and snacks like pizzas, bread and cakes.
I liked the colourful neighbour house. It was like a painting. You could hardly recognize, if the window and door were painted or real.
So far I can remember, the window is real and the door is painted.
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.
The most convenient central hotel in Gondar is Quara Hotel & Restaurant which has small but nice rooms.
I didn't stay there but I can recommend it as a restaurant because I had both breakfast and dinner there almost daily. Its most strong asset is the leafy courtyard where the restaurant is, perfect for a romantic dinner, and a nice terrace with view over the central square for a good breakfast. The staff are very polite but extremely slow...
Prices are average for Ethiopia. It will cost you about 70b-100b a person.
If you are tired of local food go to Dib Andessa Hotel. I liked the food there, especially because the grilled food is really grilled, with no oil as it usually happens in Ethiopia.
The hotel rooms are no good, but I recommend it as a restaurant.
The dishes tend to be more western than local judging by the way they are cooked. Their taste is satisfactory. The service is excellent for Ethiopian standards.
The terrace of the restaurant is a real joy with fine breezes and views of the lake.
Mains cost 25-30b plus the tax you always pay at the good restaurants which is about 16% here.
This hotel is just a few meters from Summerland.
Olympiacos Greek Club has a beautiful restaurant which really saved my life! I am not exaggerating because I had reached the limits of starvation. I couldn't take anything more of local food – I heard other tourists say this, too - and it was the only place that kept me from jumping into a plane and go home!!!
It is built in a huge site with tall trees and a lot of flowers. Members gather here to celebrate events, play tennis and practice other athletic activities or enjoy their meals in the fresh and airy green environment. It has two airy and sunny terraces, excellent service and great food – at least for me... It is actually a club for Greeks who live and work in Addis but it is frequented by a lot of other foreigners as the food is very tasty! All the dishes are very well prepared and many of the ingredients are bought in a local Greek supermarket that imports excellent food products from Greece, such as authentic white cheese, “Feta” and, most important, virgin greek olive oil!!
Some dishes I loved so much that I repeated them for many days. Greek dolmadakia (30birr), minced meat wrapped in vine leaves, yiouvetsi, (45b) a kind of Greek pasta called “manestra”, with delicious soft lamb (ask the chef to give you a good part of meat), spinach pie (30b), not very successful by Greek standards but still acceptable. Moussaka, (43b) the famous Greek dish with eggplants, minced meat, potatoes and bechamel cream on top, very tasty! Cheese pie (30b), although the flaky pastry is not crispy. Greek salad with authentic "feta" cheese (50b) or local cheese (30b). Bacclava (30b) is not so good because it is not filled with hazelnuts but with peanuts and it has a completely different taste.
Their best dish I think is roasted lamb, soft and deliciously juicy! And their worse is their imitation of Greek souvlaki...don't even try it.
The name of the club is: Hellenic Athletic Association
It is located near Dembel City Center, on Africa Avenue. You get off the bus at this stop. Then you take the (dirt ) street that starts across the center, and next to the big bookstore, and turn left on the big street you meet. You take the second turn and walk for 100 meters, pass by the Greek school and the old Greek embassy until you arrive at an opening. If you go on straight you get into Olympiacos.
Olympiacos, by the way, is a top Greek football team...
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This elegant bar-restaurant is located in a small side street of Africa avenue, ( Bole Road) across Shoa Shopping Center, and next to Edsonatra Hotel.
It is warm and relaxed. It is always full because of the delicious barbecue they have in the evening in the yard where they light an open fire. Very atmospheric! The decoration and the waiters' outfit try to imitate the American cowboy style, too much of it I think, but the good service and their warm smiles make you feel relaxed and prepare your stomach for the tasty food. There is a wide selection of local and Western food. I tried almost everything – I had very few alternatives in Addis, anyway.
The chicken, fish and meat brochettes, cooked on the open fire after 8.00 in the evening were almost perfect! They are served with salad and soup and cost 100birr. Salads are carefully prepared and I also liked spaghetti carbonara, not very authentic but quite good compared to other Ethiopian food of course... Their wine collection is very rich including South african wine, Dortze Dof, white or red, which is excellent!
After 11.00 it turns into a happy bar full of life. The music is good most of the times, including jazz, rock and sometimes very mellow american old music. The style of music and food changes depending on the day of the week.
Good wines cost 30b a glass and 400b a bottle. The cheap local wine better be avoided especially Aksumite which can make you vomit. Gouder is better, maybe, but I still don't like it. These cost about 100b a big bottle.
The place was named after the father of the family, Kassahun Gebru. It is in the heart of Piazza on Dejazmach Jote Street.
It has a great variety of local and Western dishes and a nice environment. The service is excellent and the waiter often comes to ask you if you are satisfied with your food which I find a very gentle and professional gesture!
This restaurant is always busy with locals and foreigners. I can't say the food amazed me but it's a good solution if you cannot find anything better and cheap.
I tried all kinds of spaghetti, I remember spaghetti with meat balls ( 23b), very delicious, the vegetable salad, interesting, and the hamburgers which are a tasty solution. Mains are 20-27birr.
It is also nice for a cup of coffee at the outside tables although there is a lot of pollution, but you cannot avoid this in Addis anyway....
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This Armenian restaurant is in Piazza. There are a lot of reasons why you should try it. First of all you can taste some different dishes from other restaurants, the prices are really low and there is a very pleasant leafy yard which makes you forget you are in the middle of Addis. The service has a slow pace but this is the norm in Ethiopia...
The meat was also very tough for me except for “Kofta Kebab” which is minced meat and is very soft and very tasty! My favourite dish here by far was “Humus” (12b) which I honored many times. Mixed grill is good and there are also fresh juices, coffee and tea. Main dishes are about 20 birr.
The name of the street is Dejazmach Jote, a main street in Piazza.
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This modern cafe is always busy with locals and tourists. Besides the usual things we have for breakfast it has a variety of pastries displayed and you can have your pick. There are different kinds of cakes and local sweets, croissants and sandwiches.
I liked “Fetira” (19b)which is made of some kind of thin dough with eggs and honey. It also has good omelet (12b), tasty sandwiches(12b), and a type of sweet "baklava" (9b). Macchiato coffee is only 4b, pastries are 8b, croissants 6b, cakes 9b and sandwiches are 13birr. Have a good breakfast!
It is located on Dejazmach Jote Street in Piazza.
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"Tomoca" is the best coffee house in Addis. The beans are roasted in front of your eyes and the smell of real coffee covers all your senses. Try it just for the experience...
There are no chairs to rest. You have to drink it standing up at the tall tables. They have the best coffee beans on show and you can try any kind you desire. It is very picturesque with an old Italian atmosphere but they didn't let me take photos. The only one I have I “stole” it much to the disturbance of the people working...
The cafe is located on Wavel street near the junction with Churchil Road.
I love this place! Great food, live entertainment, great service and surprisingly low prices. If you are visiting Addis Ababa, this is a must. 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 flavour. Try the local Axumite Red Wine. Semi-sweet and light.
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Bahar Dar, Ethiopia
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
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