Places to eat in Ethiopia

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  • ISOLA VERDE PIZZERIA, ADDIS ABABA
    ISOLA VERDE PIZZERIA, ADDIS ABABA
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    Restaurant of Pina Hotel- Awasa

    by elsadran Written Jul 2, 2010

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    This restaurant belongs to Pina hotel. The new one, because I think there is an older hotel with the same name.
    The first time I visited for dinner I was really relieved because I was coming from the South where my body suffered with spicy local food, omelet and spaghetti for 10 days...I was sick of them. So the luxurious ambient, the nicely served dishes with the Italian touch and the excellent service seemed to me like heaven.
    But the second time, after I had already tried some good restaurants in Addis I thought the quality and quantity in this restaurant was of lesser value. Anyway you can find good Italian dishes and a variety of local ones which are acceptable. The balcony is pleasant for lunch and romantic for dinner.
    Main dishes are 25-30 birr and there is a pastry shop on the ground floor with European chocolate and tasty cakes. You can find it on the main street. It's impossible to miss it.

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    Paradiso Restaurant - Dire Dawa

    by elsadran Written Jul 2, 2010

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    Paradiso Restaurant was my favourite in Dire Dawa. Not only because of the food but also because of the pleasant environment in the garden with the tall trees and the fresh air. The service is also very good and the staff is friendly and efficient.
    The menu includes local and western dishes and some of them are very tasty. I had lasagna most of the times as well as roasted goat, although most of its dishes are worthy of a try.
    Mains are about 25-45 which is average for Ethiopia
    It is located in Kezira. All taxi drivers know it, don't worry!

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    Menelaos – Roasted chicken – Dere Dawa

    by elsadran Written Jul 1, 2010

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    A whole chicken costs 50 birr. These delicious small chickens are served in this atmospheric restaurant owned by a very old Greek man, Menelaos, who has stayed in Ethiopia half his life. He is usually sitting in front of it as if he is part of the decoration.
    The restaurant is open in the morning and then again in the evening. The chicken is really good and there is also cabbage salad and a lot of beer, wine and light drinks.
    Tell him to roast the chicken more if it looks a little raw because it is much more tasty. The chickens are raised by Menelaos himself, they told us. All the taxi drivers know where it is.

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    THE OLD MILK HOUSE - ADDIS ABABA: SKY HIGH VIEWS AND FOOD

    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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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 all 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 and a few St. George’s beers.

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    Family Snack, restaurant, Dere Dawa.

    by elsadran Updated Jul 2, 2010

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    The dishes are similar to Paradiso Restaurant but a little more expensive and a little less tasty. Only it is open for more hours than Paradiso.
    So if you are addicted to Paradiso and you find it closed go there.
    The taxi drivers know where it is and the taxi, which is actually a bajaj cost only 1-2 birr per person.

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    Macchiato

    by SirRichard Written Sep 13, 2006

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    If you ask for a coffee in Ethiopia you will get a small glass of BLACK coffee with 2 spoons of sugar.
    If you rather have a kind of capuccino, coffee with milk, you should ask for a maacchiato. This word is italian and probably comes from the times when italians had bigger influence in the area.
    If you don't want sugar, say it first.
    The average price for a coffee is about 1B (0,1 USD).

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    BLUE TOPS - ADDIS ABABA: TOP MARKS

    by DAO Updated Oct 6, 2012

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    Please note: this is now being reported as closed. Very sad.
    Blue Tops is a first class Italian restaurant. They have 2 bright and open dinning rooms plus 3 outside tables. Try and get an outside one. As you enter you will be greeted with immaculate staff and a superior looking restaurant set in some small but attractive gardens. The menu is varied and includes Ethiopian as well as Italian delights for every palette. A small board with breads and hot sauces is brought to the table before any food arrives. They also serve wine and cold beer. The food? Well presented, made with the finest ingredients, tastes fantastic and is served in large enough portions to fill you up. This is a luxury lunch restaurant that’s still cheap by European standards. You can really afford to treat yourself.

    Closed Mondays

    Favorite Dish:
    Pasta starter (pictured) and just about anything. I have had lovely steaks, mixed grill (recommended by DAO) and fish. You cannot make a bad choice here. Enjoy!

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    FASIKA NATIONAL RESTAURANT: A GREAT NIGHT OUT

    by DAO Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    This place is always busy and there is a very good reason for this. Fasika rocks. It has staff dressed in different tribal dress representing Ethiopia, it has fantastic food and an entertaining live music and dance show. You get all this and Tej too for less than $10 a person. Really. It’s closed on Monday and I would advise you ring for reservations. The waitresses bring you mouth watering food and will sometimes even dance with you at your table (pictured). Need some more Injera or sauce? No problem. This is a wholesome fun night out for everyone. Then sit back and watch and listen to music and dance from several tribal areas of the country.

    Favorite Dish: It’s all good! I went with a small group and we ordered several dishes and washed it all down with some strong Tej.

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    OMER KAYHAM RESTAURANT: THE WORST RESTAURANT IN ETHIOPIA

    by DAO Updated Jul 6, 2008

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    This Place is so bad it should probably be on my ‘Warning & Dangers’ list. I ate here with 2 local friends and we couldn’t even finish our meagre portions. First, I asked for chicken soup and got a bowl of what look and tasted like the glue stuff you used to make Papier-mâché as a child. To add insult to injury I order a chicken dish. They brought out an over fried piece of diseased looking chicken that I couldn’t even eat. After a few beers I went to the toilets that had obviously not been cleaned since I had a few beers in here 6 months before. In fact, I don’t think they have ever been cleaned. The staff? They watch TV right in the middle of the restaurant and ignore you. You are interrupting their television programme.

    The most shocking thing? This place is recommended by 2 guide books!

    Favorite Dish: The only plus side to this dump is that they sell quality draft beer for 22 U.S. cents. That would explain why this place is always packed, but you never see anyone eating in here.

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    Lucy's Gazebo Restaurant: Excellent Ethiopian, European, and American Food

    by NedHopkins Written Jan 3, 2013

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    Lucy's is adjacent to the National Museum, which houses the bones of Lucy (actually a replica), the 3.2 million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis "mother of us all."

    The restaurant is popular both with locals and with ex-pats. The afternoon I was there no tour group was present; I'd be surprised if most groups visiting the museum don't also stop in Lucy's.

    There are both indoor and outdoor seating areas and a small smoking cubicle. The restaurant is tastefully decorated with art objects including replicas of museum pieces.

    Favorite Dish: Like most restaurants that cater to middle class Ethiopians (and to tourists), Lucy's has a range of Italian dishes, spaghetti being a near-universal offering.

    My guide and driver shared a large injera; I opted for a white fish that was sauteed perfectly and accompanied by garden vegetables.

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    All decent restaurants in Northern Ethiopia: Meta Beer

    by Saagar Written Jun 10, 2004

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    Favorite Dish: Meta Beer is brewed in Mekelle, Tigray, in Northern Ethiopia, and it's gooood! After a long, hot, dusty day on the road, this is a homecoming feeling...
    You can get this beer in most northern restaurants, maybe now in Addis as well. There is a good drinking place - beer outlet? - in Mekelle called Green Hotel. But there are less publ-like places, too where you can have a taste.

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    Many restaurants have this: Eat barley - roasted barley!

    by Saagar Written Jun 3, 2004

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    Favorite Dish: Instead of the standard international type snacks, try roasted barley. This is something highland Ethiopia has in common with Tibet, Mongolia and parts of Nepal and India.
    Roasted with a bit of salt, and chilli, or chilli on the side, this is excellent snacks to go with your beer, coctail, mineral water and conversation in the bar or as a pre-dinner taster.
    You can get it in several hotels, and it’s a regular in highland Ethiopia, at least in the far reaches of Gondar, Amhara and Tigray. Costs nearly nothing.

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    WAT Restaurant: A restaurant with a purpose as well as good food

    by Saagar Written Jun 5, 2004

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    Women's Association of Tigray (WAT) is a tremendous and uniquely successful organisation in northern Ethiopia. With about 2,5 million members they are a social and political force to recon with. Among things they do is income-generating activities for poor women-led households (there are so many of these because of wars). Such houselholds sell the raw materials that go into the restaurant of WAT that in turn generatesd profit for WAT. It's a local restaurant, but they can do very fine things for visitors beyond the daily injera. They need some time to prepare for meetings and banquets - a day ahead, perhaps, but they will do a great job.

    Favorite Dish: The pot-fried strips of beef and lamb done right at the table in your little individual hot iron pot is great.
    They do well on vegetables - including hygienic aspects - so the salads are fine.
    For a drop-in, their injeras are good, too.

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    HIRUT RESTAURANT: THE REAL DEAL IN HARAR

    by DAO Updated Nov 7, 2011

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    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)

    Favorite Dish:
    Any Ethiopian dish and a big gin!

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    Injera: Ethiopian Food

    by frockland Updated Aug 14, 2004

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    Typical for Ethiopian food is the type of bread called Injera.It looks like `a piece of foam rubber with lateral dimensions of a bicycle tyre` (Bradt Guide3rd edition) Its bitter tasting but maybe rubber tastes the same?

    But beside of Injera they have a lot of other delicious food that should be tried. For a change there is pasta in most of the places available.

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