Do you know what tibs are? How about drinking coffee with a burning coal scented with myhrr in front of you? These are some of the experiences that you can have at Addis Ababa Cafe, a quirky Ethiopian restaurant on Port road, West Hindmarsh.
Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia
As you come into the cafe you are immediately taken to East Africa with walls covered in paintings, knick knacks and wooden matting. The tables are simple and the chairs practical but the effect is cosy and down to earth. We were only one of three occupied tables when we visited but they can often be busy so it is probably best to book.
The menu is compact and has meat and veggie options, but we went for the special mixed platter to share which comes with a side of 'injera' which is the staple bread available in Ethiopia and specially made for the cafe.
Eating here can be a little tricky, as it is the custom to eat with your hands. After washing ours in a small basin in the corner of the cafe we were ready for our food which arrived steaming hot under a woven straw cover. The mixed platter came with a variety of vegetable and meat stews also called tibs, with cheese as well.
We were told to use the injera as a scoop and to try and get as much filling on each piece as possible. This was a little harder than it sounds, but the fun of trying it out and sharing a huge platter of food was really nice and made for a very convivial evening. Of course we had lots of slops, splatters and misses, but the taste made up for it. Spicy meat with creamy cheese and a lovely combination of vegetables that was just right. With water to wash down our meal (the cafe is a BYO alcohol restaurant) we were all full with left-overs still in front of us.
Don't leave before you have tried the coffee, which is a version of the traditional coffee you would find in Ethiopia, though without the hour that it would take to roast the beans that you would get over there. It is a house mixture of cinnamon, cardamom and a few other bits and pieces that has a delicious 'hot-cross bun' taste. We were treated to a burning coal of myhrr to scent our table along with our coffee, which adds to the experience; though can be a little strong on the senses.
We left the Addis Ababa cafe with full stomachs and stinging eyes pleasantly surprised about our first experience of Ethiopian cuisine. The Addis Ababa Cafe is located at 462 Port Rd, West Hindmarsh. BYO Drinks. Cash only.