These days, Melbournians have come to expect incredible things from their dining scene. Known around the world as the food capital of Australia, Melbourne is brimming with exotic and unusual restaurants specialising in cuisines from all corners of the globe. One such cuisine is Ethiopian, and with several incredible spots peppered throughout the city, in areas like Dandenong, Collingwood, Northcote, and Footscray, Melbourne's Ethiopian restaurants are introducing a whole new world of cuisine to an already stellar dining location.
Melbourne's Ethiopian restaurants are a great alternative to Indian curry houses for lovers of spicy cuisine. The food you'll find there tends to be based on a special spice mix known as berbere (featuring fenugreek, turmeric, garlic, chilli, ginger and basil, among other things). Meats like chicken, beef, kangaroo and seafood are then cooked in these spices before being presented on a platter with some injera (a kind of spongy flatbread made from teff flour). And why not do as the Ethiopians do, and try eating your dish with your hands – it’s surprisingly fun!
Ethiopian restaurants in Melbourne offer much more than spicy meat dishes. In fact, they also offer competition to the city's endless array of gourmet coffee shops. That's because they host the coffee ceremony, which is something caffeine lovers won't want to miss. It features meticulously prepared, freshly roasted and ground coffee that is poured from a height from a traditional clay jug called a jebena. The result is coffee of amazing quality, and a captivating cultural experience.
Melbourne has Ethiopian restaurants for every occasion, from formal meals to a more casual dining experience. For instance, some spots in Collingwood offer live jazz and funk in the evenings, as patrons enjoy their stews and injera. There are also eateries in Dandenong that take their furnishing and culinary inspiration from the Horn of Africa, as well as places that are more modern, with contemporary art, cocktails and innovative menus being the focus. So, from party venues to chic contemporary dining spots, Melbourne's Ethiopian restaurants cover plenty of ground. Book them all on Quandoo today!