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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!!
Written Aug 22, 2006
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.
Updated Jul 3, 2004
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...
Written Aug 22, 2006
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).
Written Aug 25, 2006
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.
Written Jul 10, 2004
Address: Debre Birhan
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.
Updated Jul 2, 2004
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.
Updated Jul 3, 2010
Phone: 251581-110040 / 251206491
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.
Updated Jun 28, 2010
Phone: 251 58 220 14 36
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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Updated Jul 3, 2010
Phone: 0115 516728/0115 530485
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.
Updated Jul 3, 2010
Phone: 011-551 0694
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