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Salina Eritrean Cafe Restaurant

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published August 12th 2016
Hidden gem in Moorooka serves African food, coffee & tea
Moorooka is the home of most of Brisbane's East African restaurants. One that most people may not even know exists is Salina in Moorvale Lane. This great little Eritrean cafe is a hidden gem in Moorooka.

Salina Eritrean Cafe Restaurant is beautifully decorated
Salina Eritrean Cafe Restaurant is beautifully decorated


The reason that most people have never visited this restaurant is that it lies down a little lane off Beaudesert Road. The cafe itself has a very nondescript front and even if you are looking for it, you could walk straight past it. Inside the cafe though is beautiful decorated.

Salina Cafe Restaurant is down Moorvale Lane
Salina Cafe Restaurant is down Moorvale Lane


The style of the food is similar to Ethiopian restaurants in the area and the menu uses many of the same names as the Ethiopian restaurants. If you are not familiar with this style of food, Eritrean food is mostly aromatic slow-cooked stews using a variety of meats, vegetables and spices.

Some of the dishes to try are Lamb Tibs, which is a delicious lamb stew, the more spicy Kitfo made from finely chopped beef and Quanta Fir Fir made from dried beef. There is also several vegetarian options. As far as I know, the vegetable dishes are in fact vegan.

It is best to order your meals with the injera bread, which is a wonderful flat bread made from fermented wheat. You don't need knives and forks, just pick up the food using a piece of the bread. Though of course cutlery is available if you prefer.

You can order your meals with rice or injera bread
You can order your meals with rice or injera bread


Of course they have the great Ethiopian coffee. It is worthwhile popping into the African restaurants in Moorooka just for the coffee. They also have a selection of cakes available as well.

African coffee pot and cups
African coffee pot and cups


The most unique option in Salina is the Eritrean spiced tea. You can drink it straight or with sugar. It is worth making a trip just to try the tea.

Eritrean Spiced Tea at Salina
Eritrean Spiced Tea at Salina


Overall this is a great African restaurant with a casual atmosphere and cheaper prices than its competitors. It is worthwhile wandering down Moorvale Lane to discover this lovely little place.

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When: Lunch and Dinner
Phone: 0431552613
Where: 8/173 Beaudesert Road, Moorooka. The restaurant is actually down Moorvale Lane off Beaudesert Road
Cost: Meals from $10
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