I don’t get the hype at all about this place. Like don’t get me wrong I love the idea of trying different cuisine and to expand ones palate. But to be brutally honest the food just tasted rather bland. I liked the novelty of the breads and curries being all served at once. There was plenty of color and eating with your hands was fun but rather messy. I appreciate the opportunity to dine in an more authentic way but I wouldn’t say that my culinary mind was blown. The doro and tibs were okay but after awhile the curry’s all started to kind of taste the same. I personally wasn’t a big fan of the sour bread, but that’s just me. I did find it kind of rude that I came in on a Friday and was asked if I made a booking I said no and the lady responded rudely to me that I needed to in order to dine in the future. But you know what maybes she’s had a bad day so I won’t hold it against her. Aside from that little incident the lady was quite helpful when we were going through the menu. I appreciate that there are places like Café Abyssinia around that stay true to its roots. I would 100% at least try this place once. Showstopper: An authentic experience.
There are not many Ethiopian food places in Auckland so this was definitely something I wanted to try out! Went for the first item on the menu- a chicken based dish. The quantities were large and had something like a huge dosa (enough for 2 people) with an egg and chicken curry (called Doro Wat i think). Reminded me of dishes I used to have in India and taste was amazing- not too spicy, but just enough kick in it and packed with flavour. The restaurant itself is very simple and located on the first floor with parking behind building. Good food; decently priced. Will go back again!
It was my first time trying ethiopean food so maybe I should go back to try other dishes but the meat was rather lukewarm when it was served (was it supposed to be?!). The staff was very friendly and the food didnt take too long (but then we were the only customers...!). A decent meal if you want to try something different.