Welcome to Al Habasha Restaurantﾠ-ﾠfirst Ethiopian Restaurant in Dubai
You will indeed love Africa proclaimed an Ethiopian Airlines poster on the yellow-washed wall at Ethio al Habasha. Beside it another poster, flushed with the heart-warming image of a rich, dark Ethipian stew, read “Eat today, diet tomorrow”. All wise words, i though, as I tore off a billowing flap of injera bread, plunged it into the meaty brown gravy of the alitcha menchet and lashed it greedily into mouth. Tomorrow never comes, after all. Once our eyes had adjusted to the muted light in this modestly proportioned Ethiopian restaurant, we were able to focus on a calamity of color. A patriotic assembly of red, gold and green cushions was laid out neatly along the back all beyond a row of mesob, or traditional basket tables, surrounded by bamboo seats. Opposite, there were low stools of carved dark wood with plump leather cushions resting on animal pelt floor coverings. For the conventionally inclined, there were also four glass-top tables and chairs in the window corner. Everything basket radiantly under a ceiling painted light blue and white like a cloud-skimmed sky. It was an extraordinary place to eat extraordinary food. A broad round tray was brought to our table laden with injera, a large sourdough flat bread made with teff flour, which is traditionally eaten throughout Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, and parts of Sudan. The spongy, grey pancake-like blanket folded and crumpled upon itself in soft waves like surface of some undiscovered planet, and the rest of the food was served in bowls upon it. The injera was tablecloth, place mat, plate and – in the absence of any spoons or forks – cutlery, all in one. So we ripped it into handy scoop-like shreds and got stuck in. The alitcha menchet was a mild and meaty sauce with delicate nuggets of ground beef, which swamped a huge hard-boiled egg. The slowly simmered sauce had a mild, peppery taste with hints of garlic and ginger, and suggestion of sweetness that offset the slightly sour flavor of injera. Alongside it was the yebeg key wot, a spicer stew, studded with tender lamb pieces in an oily sauce. The derak tibs followed, which was a dry dish featuring morsels of sauteed lamb, onion and punchy green chillies next to saucer of pepper and mustard dip. But it was the ominously sound-ing siq sickoosh that stole the show with its rich, pepper sauce and jutting leg of lamb, which yielded soft, flavorsome meat and sumptuous marrow that just had to be sucked out of the bone. In the midst of all this great food, tomorrow was place far, far away. In need of a caffeine-kick to stave off an apres-lunch lull we ordered coffee. Called buna, the thick hot liquid was poured into thimble-stile cups via a jabana, or traditional clay coffee pot. It is then savoured strong, black and with sugar. Never mind about dieting tomorrow – with this stuff racing around our veins, we probably wouldn’t sleep for a decade. But even with eyes as wide as Great Rift Valley itself, we were still able to make sketchy plans for a return visit – how about say in 24 hours? You might well already love Africa and if you have a penchant for good, traditional and homely food, thick meaty stews with a spicy kick and dining environment that’s totally out of the ordinary, you will indeed love Al Habasha Restaurant.
James Brennan explores the flavours of Ethiopia and enjoys spicy stews at Ethio Al Habasha Restaurant.
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HERE ARE SOME OTHER ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANTS
AWASH ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT OPENED AUGUST 28TH, 2017 IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF MIAMI GARDENS. THE RESTAURANT WAS FOUNDED BY FOUAD WASSEL AND HIS WIFE EKA WASSEL. The restaurant encompasses a traditional Ethiopian “Gojo bait” (country style home) environment. The interior features a center piece commonly found in a gojo home, designed by Fouad himself. Fouad and Eka have been developing this concept for 15 years, creating a welcoming atmosphere featuring a shop with rare Ethiopian spices, coffee, and tea alongside a decorative bar featuring imported Ethiopian beer and wine, Ethiopian art, traditional music, and a coffee ceremony occurring Friday, Saturday, and Sundays. The name Awash derives from a river found in Ethiopia. The river is signifigant to the country because it travels throughout Ethiopia, never leaving its borders and remaining a source to the Ethiopian people.ﾠ
HABESHA Everyone loves to eat, that’s a fact. Think about when you hosted your last dinner party. You wanted the food and drinks to be delicious and plentiful and your guests to walk away feeling satisfied. When you’ve got a big event to plan, whether it’s a Wedding, Birthday Party, or Corporate Event, and hundreds of guests are coming, the food and drinks needs to be perfect, but you’ve got no time to even think about the preparation. That’s when you need to contact Habesha. We can make your dreams come true! We are open for BREAKFAST, LUNCH and DINNER
Welcome to Kategna Restaurant A banquet in KATEGNA will let you experience the Ethiopian way of life, where dining is characterized by sharing food from a common plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty, family, love and friendship. The dishes are prepared with a variety of unique spices, which lend an unforgettable outstanding aspect to it’s out of the ordinary cuisine. All of our foods are prepared with fresh spices blended daily and our sauces are prepared as ordered. The friendly staff and warm decor makes KATEGNA the perfect place to relax with family and friends. While we offer many traditional Ethiopian meat dishes, we are sensitive to the needs of our vegan customers. Traditionally we prepare many authentic Ethiopian dishes that are vegan, without the use of any animal products. A great place to try Ethiopian food, we serve a range of entrées that are good quality and reasonably priced. We also have a coffee ceremony complete with traditional methods of preparation and incense.
Welcome Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant and Lounge! Lucyﾠis the common name of a specimen ofﾠA. afarensis,ﾠa direct ancestor of modern day humans whose ancient bones wereﾠdiscoveredﾠin the town ofﾠHadarﾠin the Awash Valley of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression. Lucy is estimated to have lived 3.2 million years ago and is the first homonoid skeleton to be discovered. She is the missing link in the evolutionary spectrum showing the deep roots of our species in the African continent.ﾠOur restaurant and lounge celebrates the roots of humanity in Ethiopia – which you will find in our food, art-gallery, and festivities. We are family owned and operated with friendly staff, delicious food and drink ,and a great atmosphere. Please stop in to eat, drink, relax, and have fun. We’d love to have you!
OUR STORY Co-owners Ash Nega and Titi Demissie were both born and raised in Ethiopia. The two met later in life in Atlanta and instantly knew they would be a team forever. A few years later, Ash had a dream and a clear vision of Desta. His wife, Titi, faithfully and passionately dedicated herself to implementing the idea. The couple decided to start small and focus on what was important within their business model: authentic flavors, high quality ingredients, organization, cleanliness, speed and great service. After a lot of planning and hard work, Desta Ethiopian Kitchen opened its doors on July 1st, 2006. At the time, the restaurant served 8 people ﾖ 4 seated at a table and 4 standing at a counter top. Now, with the capacity to serve 250 guests, Desta continues to shock first time visitors. After multiple expansions, they have held tightly to their values, authenticity and excellent business model. Fusing Ethiopian culture with modern business tactics, Desta Ethiopian Kitchen is truly a unique experience.
ABOUT US We Keep it Simple! Perfection only!ﾠ At Beteseb Restaurant, we have an amazingﾠmenuﾠthat features freshly prepared Ethiopian dishes. We are a family-owned restaurant with warm and friendly staff who are ready to serve you. We have an incredible selection of traditional dishes available for you to enjoy. Try our Special Derek Tibsﾠmade with chunk of lean beef sauteed with onion, tomato, green pepper and purified butter. (served mild or spicy). You’re also sure to love our Special Kitfo. All of our meals are served with injera – a flatbread made of either wheat or teff and Imported “Ye’Teff Injera” wich is gluten-free! We also have a number of fabulous vegetarian dishes including ourﾠYe’shiro Wot and Beyaynetu. Complete your meal with our incredible Imported Ethiopian Wine, Beer or with a traditional coffee ceremony.