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“Very different eating experience, but in a good way.”
Review of Uchenna

Uchenna
Ranked #19 of 1,466 Restaurants in Colorado Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $32
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Uchenna is closed on Monday.Open Tuesday-Friday lunch 11:30am to 2:00pm dinner 5:00pm to 08:00pm Saturdays and Sundays 12:00pm to 2:00pm dinner 5:00pm to 08:00pm Honoured to welcome you.Peace and Blessings
Reviewed October 27, 2012

Three of my business friends were looking for something unique to eat. We all travel a lot and love to find unusual places and with Uchenna, we certainly found one.

This was all very new to me. The restaurant is a hole-in-the-wall in a cute little area I guess is called "Old Town". We arrived on a Sunday night and the area was mostly closed up except for a couple of bars. We found the place in a small mall of sorts with souvenir shops next door. The place is not much to look at. The decor is just a bunch of African stuff hanging on the walls with posters. The inside needs new ceiling tiles for sure. But first thing that overwhelms you when you walk in the door is the garlic smell. The second you walk in, you know you are in for a garlic overload.

The owner (I assume) is a kind older woman who is extremely pleasant, soft spoken, and well mannered. She helped us with our choices on the menu. There are many dishes, but one highlighted is kind of a very typical dish which includes a stewed meat (chicken, beef or lamb) in 10 spices. They call this "Tibs". You also get Misser Alecha... which is kind of a mush of "Split green lentils with ginger, 12 spices, garlic, onions, and olive oil". Plus, you get two sides that are vegetarian; 1) Fassolia - "String beans, carrots, and onions sautéed in 5 spices, garlic, and olive oil" and 2) Atakilt - "Cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, ginger, and 3 spices". You also get this strange rolled up "bread" called Injera "The bread of Ethiopia; a lightly tangy crepe-like bread".

When you get your plate of food, you can see the stew and the rolled up purple "bread", but the other side dishes just look like scoops of mush. It's not a colorful plate, in fact it's rather intimidating. The owner helped to explain that you take a piece of this bread (we called it purple "sponge bread" because that is what it most closely resembles) and you scoop up whatever you wish on your plate and eat it. Utensils are not generally used. However, if you like, they will bring you a fork.

Our table ordered one of each type of meat... chicken, beef, and I ordered the lamb. To tell the truth, they all looked and tasted the same. But we were looking for something different and we got it. It was all very tasty and we enjoyed our dinners.

We decided on desert and there are much more familiar and traditional choices. One of us had carrot cake, another had a chocolate cake, I had the Baklava... which is a Greek pastry.

I you are up for something new and different... check this place out.

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Thank Carl S
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harrar u, Owner at Uchenna, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2012

Dearest Customer,
We thank you very kindly for your review. We most sincerely appreciate your review. We also take your comments very to heart and will do everything in our power to strive to better ourselves in every field of our work. We come from the oldest tradition and custom in which honouring a guest or a traveler is of the utmost duty and obligation. We are deeply saddened to read about your feeling of the decor of our restaurant and food and feel so sorry. We ask for your forgiveness and hope you will accept our sincere apology. When and if you may have the chance to visit us again, which we truly hope you will do one day, please let us know so that we can break bread as we say in Ethiopia and share a meal together. Thank you again from the heart for all your comments and review it means a lot to us. Until then we leave with love, peace and blessings. Chef Maya at Uchenna Restaurant of Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Can't actually rate the restaurant for their food...but their website said they were open Monday to Friday 11:00 - 9:00. We turned up at 4:00 and they were closed.
They should update their times on their website.
Disappointed.

Thank RobinsFolly
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harrar u, Owner at Uchenna, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2012

Dearest customer,
We mean it when we say we most sincerely sorry we missed your visit to our restaurant. We take to heart your review and comment and will strive to improve all information provided. If and when you may be able to visit us again please come in to break bread as we say in Ethiopia and share a meal together. Thank again so very kindly, please accept our sincere apology. Until we see you next time, we leave you with love, peace and blessings.
Che Maya
Uchenna Restaurant
Colorado Springs, Co

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Reviewed October 16, 2012

These perfectly seasoned dishes are out of this world. The delicate, lacy bread that is served with meals so you don't miss a single drop of the outstanding sauces, the superb dishes, including a large variety of vegetarian dishes, plus refreshing teams make this an exceptional destination. This is topped of by the kind and gentle owner. Go and see.

Thank Tri-Lakes_Local
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Uchenna is an amazing restaurant; from the service, to the ambiance, to the food, to the dessert. It is an oasis in the desert of restaurants in Colorado Springs. When we arrived the restaurant was filled with regulars who knew the menu by heart and made recommendations to us on entrees and dessert -- they did not steer us wrong. As each table got up to leave Maya, the owner, hugged each person. What a wonderful place that offers hugs and amazing cuisine. Don't miss Uchenna!

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Thank AustinOriginal
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We really enjoyed our meal at Uchenna. After 2 weeks of eating regular dinners while travelling this made a really nice change to burgers / steak.

The food had great flavour and was well presented.

The owner was lovely and we had a good chat after dinner.

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Thank midlandsmoggy
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