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12 African Restaurants in Melbourne

You'll love the desserts in Melbourne!

As we’re sure you’re aware, Melbourne is the cultural hub of Australia. Victoria’s capital city, Melbourne is a tourist mecca with a wealth of cultural and entertainment offerings, alongside some of the world’s best restaurants. Federation Square is packed with bars, restaurants and cafes alongside the scenic Yarra River, and Southbank, which is home to the National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre and impressive performance spaces. Spend the day or weekend visiting key attractions like contemporary art galleries, Melbourne Zoo, the Australian Ballet, taking a city cruise down the Yarra or heading out for a Yarra Valley wine tour. So no matter where you find yourself, or whether you live locally or are just visiting, you’re in for a wonderful and interesting time in this captivating city.

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African Taste

Seddon
Ethiopian$$$$
5.4/613
African Taste

Abesha Ethiopian Restaurant

Footscray
Ethiopian$$$$
5.0/64
Abesha Ethiopian Restaurant

Gibe African Restaurant

Dandenong
African$$$$
5.0/67
Gibe African Restaurant
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Awash African Restaurant & Bar

Footscray
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Awash African Restaurant & Bar

Adulis Restaurant and Cafe

Ascot Vale
African$$$$
Adulis Restaurant and Cafe

Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar

Northcote
African$$$$
5.6/635
Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar

The Horn African Cafe & Restaurant

Collingwood
African$$$$
6.0/61
The Horn African Cafe & Restaurant

Betty Ethiopian Restaurant

Deer Park
African$$$$
6.0/61
Betty Ethiopian Restaurant

Savanna African Restaurant & Cafe

Collingwood
African
Savanna African Restaurant & Cafe

Queen of Sheba

Footscray
African
Queen of Sheba

Dinknesh Lucy Restaurant

Footscray
African
Dinknesh Lucy Restaurant

Sahra's Cuisine

Aldinga Beach
African
Sahra's Cuisine
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     Discover the exotic flavours of African restaurants in Melbourne

    In a city rightly famed for its cosmopolitan restaurant scene, Melbourne's African restaurants raise the bar in delivering even more exotic dining experiences. This is a cuisine as varied as the continent itself, with a vast range of ingredients, spices, flavours and influences. It’s also a cuisine that has been under-represented outside Africa but this is something that’s beginning to change. Melburnians are renowned for embracing new foods from around the globe and the number and quality of African restaurants in Melbourne is testament to the spirit of culinary adventure that makes this city such an exciting place to eat. If you've already tried one or two of Melbourne's African restaurants, then Quandoo will help you find more favourites. If you've not yet experienced this exciting food, book a table now and find out for yourself just how delicious this cuisine can be.
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    Decadent desserts in Melbourne

    It’s no secret that Melbourne is the food capital of Australia. From freshly roasted, local coffee, to local wines and innovative dishes pushing gastronomic boundaries. You’ll find every cuisine you can poke a stick at, from Asian fusion to the fresh flavours from Europe and the Mediterranean, and modern Australian as well, including a plethora of rustic cafes, street food eateries and everything in between. The emphasis is heavily on seasonal, local, organic and high-quality ingredients, whether you’re enjoying fresh breakfasts, light lunches, lavish dinners or desserts in Melbourne. The city's ethos is all about the good life – which is great news for sweet-treat lovers, as Melbourne desserts are a serious business!
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    Some favourites to look out for at Melbourne's African restaurants

    Australians are well-known for their love of the barbie and if this is you then you won't be disappointed when you eat at one of the great African restaurants in Melbourne. Pap en vleis, also known as shisha nyama, is a dish that is loved across many countries in the south of the continent, especially in South Africa. The dish translates literally as maize porridge and meat and is cooked on the traditional braaivleis African barbecue. Look out for the spicy chakalaka sauce that is almost always served with it. Piri-piri chicken is one dish served in many of Melbourne's African restaurants that is already widely known and enjoyed outside Africa. Originating in Mozambique, this delicious recipe brings together influences from Portugal and the Middle East and features succulent chicken flavoured with garlic, lime, pepper, coconut milk and, of course, that famous piri-piri sauce.
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    More exciting dishes on the menus of African restaurants in Melbourne

    Has that got the juices flowing? We've barely started! Nigeria has given us the simple classic of jollof rice. At its most basic, this is a hearty dish of rice, onions, tomatoes and pepper, but some African restaurants in Melbourne will add meat or seafood. This is thought to be the origin of the famous jambalaya from New Orleans and it's often served with egusi soup, pounded yams and fried plantain. If you enjoy fish, you could try kapenta with sadza, a much-loved dish from Zimbabwe. These small fish are fried until crispy and served with maize porridge. Chambo with nsima is a similar fried fish dish from Malawi, often served with chips and ndiwo, a relish with cassava leaves, groundnut powder and tomato. Just across the border in Zambia, meanwhile, ifisashi is a dish of greens served with peanut sauce.
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    Melbourne's desserts begin from breakfast...

    The city wakes up to caffeine – freshly brewed coffee with aromas that spill out onto every street and laneway. Baristas are god-like here and serve up impeccable espresso in an art-like manner. And the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee? Dessert for breakfast, of course. While you could opt for a savoury start, with smashed avo on toast or eggs benedict, treating yourself to a dessert breakfast in Melbourne is a seriously good time. You’ll find cafes all over Melbourne whipping up dessert for breakfast, like at Lola & Wren, who do life-changing candy apple pancakes with walnut praline, rhubarb and blueberry compote topped with fresh mint, vanilla mascarpone and pure Canadian maple syrup. Breakfast dessert in Melbourne – we told you...
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    Yep, yet more exotic dishes for adventurous diners in Melbourne's African restaurants

    Zanzibari biryanis and pilaus are festive dishes from Zanzibar that perfectly reflect the eastern influences found in this part of Africa. These spicy, curry-style dishes are often served with kachumbari, a fresh tomato and onion salad, and they can come in seafood, chicken and vegetarian versions. Some African restaurants in Melbourne also specialise in exotic meats, such as ostrich, springbok and kudu. These are traditionally served with mahangu (pearl millet) and washed down with some excellent Namibian beer (we're sure Aussie beer will go equally as well). From the north of the continent you can also sample some of the deliciously-spiced tagines and couscous. As you can see, there's so much to try, so book yourself a table at one of the best African restaurants in Melbourne right here on Quandoo and begin your very own culinary safari.
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    Treat yourself to a morning dessert to break the Melbourne morning

    Whether you've been perusing the Botanic Gardens, wandering along the Yarra River or enjoying the history and fine architecture of St Patrick's Cathedral, you'll surely need a mid-morning break. So we advise, finding a cosy cafe and relaxing with a cup of coffee or tea, and a sweet Melbourne dessert treat. Why not try a delicate Japanese white tea with a vegan brownie made with dates rather than processed sugar? Or choose a slice of courgette cake for a sneaky portion of hidden veg? Although it’s not all healthy. There are cheesecakes, chocolate truffles, salted caramel slices and pretty much anything you could conjure up. Essentially, whatever dessert you’re craving, Melbourne will have it.
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    Melbourne's desserts are serious!

    Broaden your gastronomic experience in the city's patisseries, cafes and dedicated dessert restaurants. How does an Oolong tea macaron or a pistachio meringue monster sound? Or perhaps a bowl of the finest artisan gelato with your choice of over a dozen flavours? You'll even find bars that serve everything from spicy Mexican hot chocolates to the richest Mayan gold cake slice imaginable. And for those who are the more adventurous foodies among us, liquid nitrogen gelato is available at several restaurants. Which of these tasty desserts from Melbourne tickles your fancy then?
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    Pair wine and dessert in Melbourne

    So, we’ve most likely got you sufficiently ravenous for a sweet treat. But we thought we’d let you in on another little Melbourne dessert secret. You can also do wine tastings, that match you dessert. Yes, that’s right… you can meet your friends to sample wine, and learn which desserts go best with which drop. And besides, what’s better than getting together with your friends over a glass of Moscatel or Mourvedre and enjoying a delicious, sweet tasting platter. Melbourne’s dessert bars and restaurants are truly something else, so what are you waiting for? Pay them a visit – with the help of Quandoo – and treat yourself!