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“An undiscovered gem with simply stunning food”

Abyssinian Restaurant
Ranked #565 of 1,668 Restaurants in Adelaide
Cuisines: Ethiopian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: The traditional cuisine is as diverse as the more than eighty different ethnic groups inhabiting in Ethiopia. A typical dish consists of thin, pancake-like, leavened bread called “Enjera” accompanied by a thick spicy stew often comprising either vegetables, different legumes such as lentils and ground split pea, meats (beef or lamb) or chicken. Enjera is part almost all dishes. Authentic Enjera is made from a cereal called Teff which is unique to Ethiopia. Teff is healthy and nutritious being rich in carbohydrate, protein, and minerals such as iron and calcium; and is importantly gluten free. The unique flavour of Ethiopian cuisine emanates from the traditional spicy ingredients used in the preparations of the different stews called “Wat”. One primary ingredient is “Berbere”, a combination of powdered chili pepper and spices including garlic, ginger, basil and other herb condiments. Another important ingredient which imparts a uniquely delicious taste is “Niter Kibeh”, a clarified butter infused with different spices including cardamom, garlic, black cummin, tumeric, fenugreek, sacred basil, rue, ginger, cloves, long pepper, black pepper and salt. The sauce for the stew (“Wot”) is cooked from onions, oil and the various aforementioned spices. We provide a large variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian meal. Our non-veterinarian meals are always prepared with fresher Meat. You have the choice to make your food Mild, Medium or Hot. Check out all of our mouth-watering cuisine Abyssinian has to offer for Dinner!
Reviewed March 5, 2013

I've been going to this restaurant for well over a decade because the food is stunningly good. In that time the restaurant has changed hands three times with every new owner putting their own delicious personal touch to the traditional Ethiopian food served on the menu.

Prices have risen over the years to the point where they're now just fantastically good value (originally meal prices were once so cheap [$6 for a main course] that there was no way they could have made money).

Incredibly fragrant and spicy (as in flavour not heat) Ethiopian food that I just love - served on injera (a savoury type of traditional flat-bread) with the option of eating with your hands Abyssinian style. Meals are largely meat based traditional fare, but several vegetarian options are available. My favourite is the Lamb Tibs and the Beyanietoo but you'll find yourself going back several times and trying everything.

Unusual and exotic Ethiopian & other African beers available at the bar - service is usually just serve yourself on an honesty basis.

I cant recommend this restaurant more and now that I've left for other climes I still make a point of visiting every time I'm back in Adelaide.

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Reviewed August 2, 2012

We went for a farewell dinner with friends and found this to be a lovely place to linger over a delicious meal and for relaxed conversation. The African restaurant (Ethiopian) is family owned so the 'staff' are more like hosts than paid workers, and they are very friendly and helpful. New owners have taken over the restaurant recently. Even though there's nothing 'fancy' about the Abyssinian, the ambience is great with plenty to look at on the walls. We enjoyed a selection of the menu as a platter to share together, using the traditional Ethiopian unleavened flatbread (injera) instead of cutlery, served on a huge dish in the centre of the table. Delicious food! I enjoyed the Ethopian beer too. At first glance the restaurant looks a bit 'non-descript' from the outside but it's definitely worth a try. We'll be going back again. Easily accessible by public transport from the city (bus stop right outside the restaurant on Henley Beach Road corner of Northcote St - first bus stop after passing over South Road).

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Reviewed July 18, 2012

The first thing you notice as you walk into this restaurant is the theme of Ethiopia - photos on the walls, authentic Ethiopian artifacts, artwork and decorations. If you sneak a look into the kitchen, you will find the chefs working, not in white jackets and hats, but in brightly coloured clothing and head scarves. Smiles abound as you are seated by any of the waiting staff, who can describe the dishes to make your mouth water in anticipation. And iwhen the food arrives, it is all you imagined. Our Muslim friend was pleased to know the meat was halal, but there were plenty of vegetarian dishes amongst our feast to choose from. Lightly spiced, although I am sure it could be hotter if you asked, each dish was flavoursome and a delight to taste. We ate with our hands, as would be traditional, however forks were supplied, should we need them.
More than just a dinner, but an experience.

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Thank AfricAussie
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Reviewed December 24, 2011

This was an interesting meal plenty of food imported beer and well worth the visit and I am sure I will go again soon.

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Thank renmark
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Reviewed November 29, 2011

Impressive first time visit to a restaurant I'd been wanting to go to for a long time. I highly recommend ordering the sharing plate which comes with a large selection of dishes from the menu, and serves of injera bread which serve as your cutlery; simply tear off some bread, scoop some food and eat! This alone was more than enough to fill us up, and great value at $20 a head. The Ethiopian tea and coffee afterwards was tasty as well. The restaurant itself has a homely, unhurried feel, and friendly and helpful service (not somewhere to go if you're in a hurry).

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Thank RolandPartis
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