As one of Melbourne’s best East African restaurants, Dinknesh Lucy Restaurant has much to be proud of. Known for offering diners a lovely, welcoming atmosphere, and for serving incredible Ethiopian dishes that are best enjoyed when shared, this fantastic restaurant provides an experience unlike any other in the city. The restaurant can be found on Barkly Street, only moments from Footscray Station and only steps from the Leeds Street & Hopkins Street tram stop.
At Dinknesh Lucy Restaurant in Melbourne’s Footscray, guests are invited to leave their comfort zone and eat with their hands, just as is traditionally done in Ethiopia. But your hands aren’t the only utensils here – you’ll want to use the special flatbread, called injera, to sop up all the delicious stews and sauces on your plate. Sharing your food is customary in East African societies, so make sure to enjoy your meal communally around the table at this local favourite on Barkly Street.
There are many different authentic dishes to sample from Dinknesh Lucy Restaurant’s lengthy menu, ranging from stews known as wat to tibs, or meat sauteed with vegetables. We recommend trying Ethiopia’s national dish, doro alicha, a hearty chicken dish served with berbere pepper sauce. Vegetarians have it made here – go for the Vege Combo Special and sample an array of the restaurant’s best meat-free dishes. To really enjoy an incredible experience, visit on a Friday night to see live Ethiopian traditional music and dancing! Book ahead to snag a table.