Ethiopian Cuisine which has Extremely Unique Food and is Extraordinary Flavourful, Abyssinian have bought this cuisine to Namma city to Add extra Glitter to the Happening chennai Food scene and this Restaurant is Exclusively first time in India. The 2 things which is Predominant in Ethiopian cuisine is the Food culture and the way they celebrate FOOD which is truly Fascinating . This will be a different Experience from the usual Fork & Spoon (You will know why ) .
Read on to know exactly how My foodie sojourn turned out!
Alwarpet is Gotta be the lucky destination for This New and exclusive Ethiopian cuisine in Town.Located on Maharaja Surya Road which is a parallel to Eldams Road,tucked in the street of Venus colony . The building shares the space with other two interesting Restaurants.
Ambience : “Time Travel”
When it is called as ‘Exclusive’ the it has to be something Extraordinary and not just the Food. Food alone cannot give the whole experience of a cuisine while Ambience plays a important part. the space can hold 20 people at a time and has this small stools and low seat chairs accompanied by a round table.The hustles which has been faced by the Owners to bring the whole lot of furnitures ,Certain Artistic works , Utensils , even the tiny Hanging on the wall of this Restaurant has taken new level which actually teleports to the Ethiopian country to give the complete Experience.
Ethiopian food is eaten with friends and family,even the way Ethiopian food is served on a communal platter is designed for sharing food with each other.the Staple being Injera is the base to every other dishes on the plate . the best part is that No utensils are needed,you eat with your hands,while sharing a single platter of food with everyone you eat with .
DRINK : TEJ (Non-Alcoholic)
A traditional Drink served in a rounded vase-shaped container.This has a deceptively sweet taste with the blend of Fermented honey .it was a punch at the first sip and had a mature flavour. The traditional Tej contains Wine and Fermented honey .
SOUP : DORO SHORBA
Chicken and Butter bean soup with onions,ginger and pint of spiced butter which gives the different flavour to the dish .It was more like a Buttery Chicken Broth with kidney beans not too flavourful yet.
STARTER : Mansha
At the first look of it any south indian would guess it’s a Bonda with Green chutney 😛 but this is an Ethiopian style of Wheat Balls with some spices and it was surprisingly went well with the dip and had a bland Taste to it.
Special Messob :
Food in Ethiopia is served on a platter known as a gebeta, a large circular, usually metal platter.
Millet Injera : Injera made from Millet , which is ground into flour, made into a batter, slightly fermented, and then fried on a heavy skillet into a giant circular pancake. It is a spongy sourdough flatbread , which we used as the “spoon” for lentil, bean, meat, and vegetable sauces piled on top.
Doro Wot : The Best and is considered to be the National Dish of Ethiopia .Using the omnipresent mixture of spices, a heavy load of Ethiopian butter, chicken, eggs, and onions Doro wot is made .The chicken Legs in the grave has been stewed down for long to get the correct consistency and The eggs is caked in Flavor.
Doro Tibs : Chicken (Doro ) are diced and sauteed in Bell peppers ,chillies and onion (you cannot see a dish without onion ) . The true flavour comes when the brewed clarified BUtter (Niter Kibbeh) is added to the dish which has some spices like fenugreek, cumin, and turmeric.
Doro Tibs Awaze Fir Fir : Chicken Pieces are roasted in the Awaze ( which is a paste version of berbere) and cooked in olive oil with Injera. It was spicy and can be eaten just like that .
YebegBozenaShiro : The name is Tricky ! Lamb (Yebeg is cooked in a mixture of different spices. Chili powder, fenugreek, ginger, garlic, cardamom, cinnamon, and chickpeas powder which makes it delicious. .My favourite Dish of the day !
Yebeg Alicha : Lamb cooked in Butter which is brewed in some spice and made like a stew, this has a more different flavour when used with the type of Meat.
MisirBeray Wot : Red Lentil Stew . Din’t like it much ,the lentils are cooked firm and smooth,the stew has the Ethiopian Spice mix which makes it Different.
Fosolia : Should say that this dish is probably the best, with the simplest ingredients and the most flavorful. The Beans and Carrots has been caramelized wonderfully with Sauteed Onion and Green peppers.
Yeduba wot : Another vegetarian dish which was far away from my liking. Pumpkin Roasted in Be spice with bell peppers and onion.Having an option of a lot of meat in the plate i dint go for the Veg option,a vegetarian might enjoy this dish.
A Flaky Flat bread with Honey drizzled on top.Nothing Extraordinary but it’s just the simple bread and honey which makes it flavorful.
Nech Azmud Cake
This cake is made out of the Authentic Ethiopian Spice Azmud (White Cumin ) which has a nutty flavoured spice to it and Honey is the common Topping to every Dessert which gives a distinct Taste.
Coffee which is a Tradition In Ethiopia and making it from the scratch and drinking is more of a social and cultural life. It was served to us in a traditional pottery with a touch of butter and salt. African coffees are usually described as complex, fruity and floral and this coffee was stronger, fragrant-rich and full-bodied flavors.
Courteous staffs, they made sure to explain about each dish which was served and Pleasing Service.
Boiling To Down :
The place is to explore the cuisine and the tradition,It will burn a hole in the pocket but worth the experience. This Cuisine has the most Interesting Flavours, but the food culture that makes up Ethiopia is also something I found truly fascinating. ‘Food For Experience ‘ is what i want to sum up.
Happy Eating ! 🙂
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