Africa is the world's second largest continent by area, and is home to around 16% of the world's population. With several diverse countries making up this vast landmass, it's no surprise there are so many different cuisines to choose from in Adelaide's African restaurants. If you'd like a taste of East African cooking, head down to Tana Ethiopian Cafe and Restaurant on Grange Road in Allenby Gardens to experience traditional African cooking, influenced by Arabic and Middle Eastern elements. Keep an eye out for dishes like kay siga wot (beef cooked in onion, chilli berbere sauce, garlic, ginger and spices) and kitfo (lean meat made with mitmita hot chilli powder and spices, served raw or rare), that will really get your tastebuds talking.
African cuisine is widely known for its rich and flavoursome dishes, and meat fans will certainly find something they'll enjoy at African restaurants in Adelaide. Down at the Abyssinian Restaurant on Henley Beach Road in the inner-city suburb of Torrensville, you'll find a range of gorgeous dishes to try including the tibs chicken (sautéed black pepper chicken served with five different spices) with an optional dash of chilli). And if you prefer seafood, opt for the tibs marinara (different types of fish in seasoned butter), once again cooked in a wide array of spices.
While African cuisine can often seem at first glance to be meat heavy, you'll also discover plenty of vegetarian dishes as well. Incorporating the use of vegetables and beans, with loads of fresh herbs and spices, vegetarians are in for a treat. At Abyssinian Restaurant, sample the gomen (green vegetables, onions, fresh tomatoes and garlic) or, for a more spicy twist, try the fossella made with beans and carrots and spiced with Ethiopian spices that will have you coming back time and time again.
African restaurants in Adelaide are serving up tasty food in a big city with a strong foodie culture, so it's no surprise that tables can get booked up quite quickly. It's a good idea to reserve a table in advance to make sure you aren't disappointed, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. With Quandoo, you can scroll through diner reviews and photos of Adelaide's best African restaurants before making your selection and booking online in seconds.