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Where is Adelaide's Best African Restaurant?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published April 3rd 2012
We've practically adopted Asian cuisines as our own, Italian is always on the menu, and while we're not eating escargot every weekend French cuisine is a common sight, but there is one cuisine that is a rarer sight on the Adelaide food scene. African cuisines haven't exactly exploded in Adelaide, but if you're on the lookout there are a few good options. They're mainly based on East African cuisines, from Ethiopia and Eritrea in the Horn of Africa, and Sudan. Do you have an African favourite?



Babanusa is a Sudanese restaurant, just up the road from the summer African Twilight Markets. The food here is tasty, and the kind that warms you from the inside out. Grab some traditional flat bread and use it to soak up the dips, curries, and sauces. There's a lot of vegetarian food on the menu, with eggplant, sweet potato, and maize playing a prominent part, but you'll still find some tasty meat dishes. On some nights they get on the African bongo drums, and the restaurant is filled with drumming and dancing.

There's plenty of sharing at Babanusa, but it's not quite the same communal experience at Addis Ababa Cafe in West Hindmarsh. Meals are brought out on shared platters, and there's usually not a single piece of cutlery to be seen. Addis Ababa is an Ethiopian restaurant, and so the food is traditionally spicy. As well as it's food Ethiopia is also known for it's coffee, so it's good to see you can get a good cuppa here too. The restaurant is designed to have the feeling of a homely hut, you'll definitely feel pretty welcome.

Adelaide's other Ethiopian restaurant is the Abyssinian. The restaurant may not be flash, but the food is pretty tasty. Like Addis Ababa you order large sharing plates with injera (the flat bread). There are some good vegetarian meals as well. As the food is pretty spicy it's a good thing that Abyssinian has a good range of imported African beers, they're not off your usual drinks list, so it's a good chance to try something different.

So do you have a favourite from our three African picks? Have you discovered another African restaurant in Adelaide that deserves a mention. We may not have steak houses serving up Oryx and Ostrich like you'll find in South Africa, and our African cuisine may not be too varied, but it's food that's all about good flavours and good company.

Reckon you know Adelaide's best African restaurant? Let us know in the comments.
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African Village Centerwww.africanvillage.yolasite.com) is the best restaurant located at 2A Northcote St, Torrensville, South Australia. You can find The best African food,Ethiopian traditional Coffee and if you want to cook for yourself at home they also have Spice Shop for Ethiopian Spices and kitchen utensils next to the restaurant
by afric (score: 0|2) 2537 days ago

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