Situated above a kebab shop in the Manchester Gay Village Quarter, Habesha does not look appealing from the outside. But once climbing the spiral staircase, the restaurant opens out into a medium sized space tastefully decorated in East African art and traditional furnishings.
The menu is not extensive with just a handful of "home cooked" dishes and we chose a selection between the four of us. The food is eaten with traditional flat bread which resembles a whitish Staffordshire oatcake which you use to mop up the food and eat with your fingers. The food on the whole was tasty and unusual with fiery sauces used to offset the cheaper cuts of meat used. Our favourite was indeed the selection of vegetarian options. Least favourite was the mince dish, which to be fair our waiter had warned us was not to everyone's taste. Later googling confirmed
that the Ethopian butter it was made with is uses sour milk which accounts for the slight unpleasantness of the dish.
All in all a very interesting dining experience, cheap (£38 for 4 with tasty Ethopian beer) with a laid back, friendly staff.
So if you are looking for something different in your
dining experience Habesha is well recommended.
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