A guide to the African restaurants and cafes in Brisbane
African Restaurants in Brisbane
More and more people in Brisbane are discovering African Food. There are not that many African restaurants in Brisbane. In fact, all the African restaurants are East African, serving cuisine from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan. While there are some differences in the dishes, they are similar in that they feature flat bread made from fermented wheat and aromatic slow-cooked meat and vegetable stews.
East African food is traditionally eaten with your right hand. You take a piece of bread and use that to pick up some food. It is, of course, polite to wash your hands before eating. To be honest, the restaurants don't really mind if you use both hands or have to use forks and spoons. Also, if you prefer, you can order your meal with rice. In fact, some of the stews are better with rice than the bread.
One of the best parts of visiting an East African restaurant is the coffee. Ethiopia lays claim to having discovered coffee. You can pop into any of the African restaurants on this list and enjoy a pot of Ethiopian coffee, usually served in a traditional African pot. The coffee is normally taken black, and maybe with some sugar if you prefer. Most of the restaurants also have a selection of cakes, which is great if you just want to visit for coffee.
Yeshi Buna is the best rated African restaurant in Brisbane with great food, consistent service and a number of lovely little flourishes in their service. For example, if you order a platter, they serve it under the cover for a traditional African table.
Traditional Ethiopian Coffee Pot with a traditional Ethiopian table in the background
Located down the back of the Moorooka Arcade, Made in Africa restaurant has had to extend its dining area for large numbers of customers they attract. The owner, Tesfaye, is a tireless promoter of African culture in Brisbane and has put together menus that make it easier for people not familiar with African food to give it a try.
A platter from Made in Africa (photo courtesy of Made in Africa)
This is probably the best place to go for coffee as you order a pot of coffee along with busbusa, a popular type of North African cake. Definitely worth checking out.
Tibes wot and injera bread at Made in Africa (photo courtesy of Made in Africa)
For something a little different, Cush Sudanese restaurant is worth seeking out. Cush is a little difficult to find. It is the same arcade as Made in Africa, Moorooka Arcade, but you have to go down the stairs. Most people just end up stopping at Made in Africa.
Cush has a regular kitchen, but a traditional Sudanese kitchen for decoration
Once again, there are wonderful East African stews on the menu, but their signature dish, Sundanese fried fish, is the one dish you should definitely try. Also, according to a Sudanese friend, their Broad Bean Stew is his favourite dish there.
Photo of Sudanese style fried fish courtesy of Cush
Salina is another African restaurant in Moorooka that doesn't get enough attention. This is because it is located down Moorvale Lane. Even if you know the restaurant is there, the front is so nondescript that you can easily miss it. Despite the simple exterior, the restaurant itself is beautifully decorated inside.
The food here is similar in style to the Ethiopian restaurants and their menu uses the same or similar names. One reason to seek out this restaurant is the slightly cheaper price without a compromise in quality.
Since its move from Moorooka to West End, this lovely Eritrean restaurant has enjoyed a great deal of success. Mu'ooz features good service and they are always happy to answer your questions about which dishes to try. You can order a platter, but you still have to choose the dishes yourself, rather than being given a clear recommendation on the menu.
This takeaway style Sudanese Cafe is one of the cheapest options for African food in Brisbane. This simple cafe is a great place for a cheap meal. Located in the heart of Moorooka's African Village, grab a meal here or a takeaway to have at home.
Very informative article, Roy. Well done with the Award, you absolutely deserve it! I'm of African origin, but definitely didn't know about all these places. Will look some of them up when next in Brisbane.