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Yeshi Buna Ethiopian Cafe & Restaurant

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published July 6th 2015
Lovely Ethiopian restaurant in Brisbane's African village
Brisbane has a sum total of 3 Ethiopian restaurants, and Yeshi Buna is considered by many to be the best. This lovely little restaurant in Moorooka celebrates Ethiopian Food, Coffee and Culture.

A quick guide to Ethiopian Food

Most people in Brisbane are not familiar with Ethiopian food. Yeshi Buna provides a range of combination meals so you can sample a range of different dishes. You have a choice between meat, meat & vegetable as well as all vegetarian combination meals.

Vegetarian platter served on Injera Bread
Vegetarian platter served on Injera Bread

While I recommend combination meals they don't include some of the best Ethiopian dishes.

Kitfo: which is a traditional raw minced beef, you also have the option of Kitfo leb leb, which is what kitfo is called when it is cooked and can be cooked to your preference from medium to well done.

Wots: Yeshi Buna chicken, beef, lentil and vegetables wots. Some will come with the combination meals. Wots are different to stews in the way the onion is pre-cooked to break down into more of a sauce. Doro wot is perhaps the most famous of these style of dishes and is made with chicken.

Gomen: is a healthy Ethiopian staple made from spinach or silver beets and is a good side dish with any meal.

How to eat the Ethiopian way

Ethiopians traditionally eat food with their hand (right hand only) and at Yeshi Buna food is normally served without cutlery with the option to ask for some. Before you start eating it is polite to do as your mother always told you to do, wash your hands.

Food is served with injera bread, an Ethiopian flat bred from from iron rich teff flour that is first fermented. The result is a very rich, soft and delicious bread.You use this to pick up the food.

At Yeshi Buna you also have the option of rice though some Ethiopian dishes are best with rice instead of injera, Yeshi Buna focuses on dishes that are better with bread. But it is good to have that rice option. If you do have the rice you will probably be better off using cutlery to enjoy your meal.

Coffee & Tea

As Morgan Freeman explained in the movie the Bucket List, Ethiopians discovered the process for brewing coffee. So you can understand that Ethiopians serve good coffee.

Ethiopian coffee ceremony at Yeshi Buna
Ethiopian coffee ceremony at Yeshi Buna

Coffee comes in a traditional Ethiopian jug. Traditionally you drink the coffee black as it has a rich nutty flavour and only mildly bitter. But if you prefer, add some sugar, as many Ethiopians do these days.

If you are not a coffee drinker another option is Ethiopian spiced tea. Though of course they also have all your standard drinks.

If you are in Moorooka a good option is to just pop in for some tea or coffee with a slice of their cake selection.


If you haven't tried Ethiopian food before then it is a great experience to try. A combination meal followed by a jug of Ethiopian coffee is great introduction to the cuisine. The owner, Wokneh, is happy to explain about the food and meet your needs. Vegetarians, vegans and gluten free options are easily available and every menu comes with an explanation about the food.
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When: 10 am to 10 pm (closed on Tuesdays)
Where: 1/131 Beaudesert Rd, Moorooka QLD 4105
Cost: Meals from $13 and share platters from $18 per person
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