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Aug 29, 2007 04:48 AM

Addis Ababa

I just got back from a few days in Ethiopia, here are my reviews:

1) Habesha Restaurant--This was a nice Ethiopian Restaurant with good food in an upscale but comfortable environment, and music and dancing as well. We had Kwanta Firfir and Vegetables, the Kwanta Firfir did not overwhelm me, but everything was tasty and the service was good. The dancing was outstanding. The restaurant is on Bole Rd.
2) Makush Gallery--An Italian Restaurant/art gallery. Excellent homemade tortellini and less exciting pizza. Fancy and trendy, but good homemade pasta. On Bole Rd.
3) Nakhlah Restaurant--a Yemeni restaurant, near the Ibex Hotel. Yemeni and Arabic specialties, and great juices. Fairly cheap. The special lamb was tasty, and the rice was delicious. the best thing to eat was actually the hummus.
4) Yod Abyssinia. Another Ethiopian restaurant, but I wasn't so impressed by this one. The food was pretty good, but not great, and the atmosphere was a bit annoying. Maybe just in the wrong mood.
5) Oroscopo. a kind of weird Italian/Ethiopian restaurant in the Piazza area. Not sure whether it was intended to be fusion or not, but was a bizarre combination of the two cuisines. Probably not recommended, although it was a cute and friendly little place.

Fasika restaurant was also recommended to us, but didn't have time to try it out.

One fantastic coffeehouse, Tomoca, with some of the best espresso anywhere, and one decent and cute coffeehouse, Mocha Mocha, with great macchiatos. Both dirt cheap. Cafes are everywhere in Addis!

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  1. Thanks for the review! I will be in Ethiopia in December if you think of anything else (will be in Lalibela, Bahir Dar, Gondar and Harar as well).

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    1. re: NancyC

      I was only there for a few days, so I don't have any other recommendations based on experience, but the site "what's up addis" for its dining section which lists recommendations and has a few reviews

    2. I just got back from Ethiopia and I have to recommend Lito's. A french restaurant with a wonderful view. The menu is very extensive and prices are more than resonable. A meal with soup, salad, veal and dessert was $18US