Fendika Cultural Center was established in 2016, but the original Fendika Azmari Bet opened its door in the early 1990s, when the neighborhood of Kazanchis sported 25 similar places. While the other azmari bets disappeared due to the pressure of Addis Ababa’s rapid development, Fendika has survived until today thanks to Melaku’s passion for Ethiopian music and dance, his belief in the power of art and creativity in building communities, enthusiastic attendance of concerts and events by local and international friends, and many other forms of support we have been blessed with (fundraising, invitations to music festivals, press coverage, etc.).
When Melaku began managing Fendika Azmari Bet in 2008, he pioneered a system where musicians and dancers at Fendika receive monthly salaries, breaking away from the custom where they only earned tips. Melaku had danced for tips only for 12 years and knows the pain of having to dance to please customers. The new compensation system enables artists to focus on creative expressions and to develop their talent.
Since 2009, Ethiocolor Traditional Band has been performing at Fendika Azmari Bet every other Friday, drawing standing-room-only crowds. At the same time, Fendika touring group has been sharing Ethiopian music and dance around the world.
HERE ARE SOME OTHER ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANTS
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.
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.
Ethiopia is one of the ancient countries located in the Horn of Africa, with a large population, diversified culture and traditions. Ethiopia is said to be one of the nature’s finest spices garden. Traditional Ethiopian food consists of Injera and Wot. Injera is a thin crepe like flat bread made of Teff, an iron rich cereal grain predominantly grown in Ethiopia. Wot is spicy sauce that can be made with beef, lamb, chicken or any numberﾠof vegetables and / or cereals: such as lentil and split peas. The main ingredient is berbere, a hot spice that combines red pepper, cumin, cardamom, ginger, and coriander and other similar spices. The hottest, most peppery food in all of Africa is found to be in Ethiopia. Dinning in Ethiopia is characterized by the ritual of breaking Injera and eating from the same plate signifying the bonds of loyalty and friendship. The meal normally served on a MESOB, a large plate of colorful woven basket table with a variety of dishes arranged on Injera. Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant proudly brings the real taste of this traditional Ethiopian food to the Bay Area with the most welcoming atmosphere. Our dishes are characterized by variety of exotic […]
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
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.
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