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Published June 4th 2014
Taste of Africa in Melbourne
Melbourne is a city for foodies. You name the cuisine and you would find it in Melbourne. One such cuisine which I had heard a lot from friends in USA, is Ethiopian. While searching for restaurants, the name of Awash African Restaurant flashed first and we decided to sample it.

African restaurants in Melbourne, Restaurants in Footscray
Awash Restaurant and Bar, Footscray


Located exactly opposite Footscray market, it was a short bus ride from Spencer Street. The small cafe-like restaurant has a simple but ethnic decor. The walls are a gaudy pink displaying African paintings and art.
awash african restaurant, reception area
Reception area


We selected this place by looking at good reviews on the Internet. However, we were the only customers, which looked rather sparse for a Saturday afternoon. We went straight to the main course. Each item consisted of a gravy dish served with 'Injera' or steamed rice. Injera is a soft, fermented, slightly tangy crepe, the size of a big dish. We ordered one chicken dish called 'Doro Wot' and one vegetarian dish called 'Yetsom Beyaynetu'.

African modern art, African paintings, Decorated walls
African modern art


African modern art

After placing the order, came the wait! With some delicious aromas wafting from kitchen, I could literally hear my tummy rumble. Apparently, the Injera takes a while to cook and can be a problem if you are famished. What came to our table twenty minutes later, was totally worth it. First came the large crepe, Injera, laid out in a dish. Next came the gravies. The Doro Wot is a thick brown gravy with chicken and boiled egg. The vegetarian dish had two varieties of lentils and one dry cabbage preparation. These are eaten by serving spoonfuls on the Injera, then the crepe is torn, dipped in gravy and eaten with hand.

Ethiopian food, Injera, Doro Wot, African chicken dish, African crepe
Injera with chicken gravy

It was a right blend of spicy and tangy tastes, awesome flavours, non-oily and came quite close to home and my Indian palate just loved every morsel. For $15 a dish, the taste was just perfect but certainly they could have made more justice with the quantity.

Lastly, we ordered the famous Ethiopian coffee. I am not a fan of black coffee so I ordered the latte. Again the coffee took time, so order early if you are in a hurry. The coffee, too, was very aromatic.

Ethiopian coffee, black coffee, coffee latte, African coffee
The famous Ethiopian coffee

Overall, it was a good culinary experience. The food was delicious but lacked 'value for money' with regards to quantity. There was only one lady taking, cooking and serving orders. Though the atmosphere was friendly and homely, the service was quite slow.

If you have been to Awash, please write about your experience. Also, leave your comments and suggestions about other African restaurants and traditional dishes to try there.
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Why? Delicious Ethiopian cuisine
When: 11 am to 10 pm, Wednesday to Monday
Phone: 03 9687 1955
Where: Opposite Footscray market, 5 minutes from CBD
Cost: Main course - $15-$20 per person
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Need to try the Koshari. Heard its quite good
by salil (score: 0|2) 1717 days ago
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