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Great place and great service.
Really lovely atmosphere and enjoyed eating something completely new to me!
The service was great and there was a good vibe.
All the food was so delicious and they do a killer hot chocolate to finish things off.
If you are after a different food experience then Ethiopian cuisine is one to try. We shared 5 dishes between 5 of us with plenty of enjera. I usually can’t handle spicy food and I found everything I ate to be mild to medium but some of the group clearly picked up spicier parts of the dishes. The dinner menu only has 8 items with not a lot of variety but eating with the breads and your hands makes you think less about what you are eating.
Most dissapointed, $15 for two small chicken legs and an egg with loads of their home land bread that did not fast nice.
When paying it was time to pay the pill I was over charged I felt ripped off.
I honestly had to make an account on here just to give Café Abysinnia an amazing review.
Everything was amazing right down to the hot chocolates we ordered, strangely they were better than most cafe’s I’ve ever been too.
I don’t know quite what else to say apart from I recommend checking them out for an amazing experience!
We stumbled across this place today when we were out exploring Mt Roskill. The food certainly looks interesting. And they know how to make excellent coffee. Do check them out.
Such an interesting place to dine at. Food was delicious and staff were very helpful. They took their time explaining each dish to us and recommending particular dishes. We ended up ordering a mixed variety of everything between my partner and I. Very reasonably priced. Would recommend people to get out of their comfort zone and try something new!
Authentic & very delicious. Staff were friendly and very helpful in explaining and recommending each dish to us (as first timers). We ordered Tibs (Juicy beef or lamb fillet stir fried), Kitfo (raw beef), and Kai Sega Wot shared between 4 people.
Happy with our first time trying Ethiopian food will likely return for more.
This is a cuisine with which I am quite familiar, and I was extremely impressed. The beef with berbere sauce was excellent, the vegetarian combo was spectacular, the injera (flatbread that serves as both substrate and utensil) was perfect and the service was fantastic.
If you are unfamiliar with Ethiopian food, do try it. It’s not as spicy as Thai or Indian, but every bit as flavourful. The hottest spice in the cuisine is generally paprika, giving what is essentially a ‘curry’ more of a sweet smokiness than a burn, per se.
Yes, the traditional way to eat Ethiopian food is with your hands and injera (much like eating hummus with pitas). But get this: the owner will actually come to your table to wash your hands for you both before and after the meal. That, children, is what is called “service” in the far Northern land of my birth.
If you absolutely insist on eating with knives and forks, you have but to ask, I’m sure.
This is a wonderful treat! There hasn’t been an Ethiopian place in Auckland in years. You must go there!
SO GOOD! If you want genuine Ethiopian food, this is the place. I have eaten Ethiopian food in many different countries, including Ethiopia itself, and the dishes at Cafe Abyssinia are right up there with the best. You eat with your hands because that’s the traditional way – if you want cutlery you can ask for it. It’s a really genuine experience. Stay for the beautiful coffee afterwards!
We tried two dishes off the small but interesting menu. A spicy chicken (on the bone) stew and a slow cooked cabbage and carrot mixture. These came with lentils and a tomato kasundi type sauce. All the meals are accompanied by enjera – a traditional Ethiopian flat bread. Lovely flavours and after tastes but the downside was you eat with your hands – the idea is to take some bread (more like a thick aerated crepe) and use the bread to pick up the pieces of the meal. Unfortunately we had to ask for serviettes. There is plenty of parking behind the building and an elevator or stairs to take to the cafe level where you will find several other ethnic eateries. Worth a try if you don’t mind getting messy.
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