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
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.
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