So you can't afford to travel to Ethiopia?

That's okay!

Thanks to a lovely restaurant called ADDIS IN CAPE a quaint multi-tiered restaurant you can now have a food journey and taste of Ethiopia, in no time at all.

I recently got to spoil 3 of my good friends and treat them to an Ethiopian cuisine experience at ADDIS IN CAPE.

Situated on the corner of Long and Church streets in the heart of the Mother City, this restaurant belies the most joyous experience it offers by having a very humble exterior.

The restaurant itself is very rustic and true to its African roots, with traditional seating and basketweave tables ... it's an absolute joy!

Firstly we waited for our full party of guests to arrive, and given that parking is scarce on Long Street, it did take a little longer than planned ... but hey, who cares when you're just chillin right?
The unique experiences offered by this restaurant are the shared platters, the Ethiopian Coffee Ritual complete with Frankincense and Popcorn (I must be honest, the incense which is the genuine resin on a piece of charcoal just about gagged us every time someone had coffee ... very intense).

The cleansing of the hands ritual, done prior to eating was also a unique and rather lovely experience, even if the waiter did get rather impatient with me and my camera ... tee hee!
So firstly let me explain that the meal consists of a large serving basket on which the base is covered with a traditional Ethiopian 'Injera'. This is a food staple which replaces bread and looks like a pancake. Traditionally the Injera is made of a grain called 'Teff' which is native to Ethiopia, however due to its scarcity in South Africa it is substituted with Rice Flour.

Injera is not only a kind of bread—it’s also an eating utensil.

In Ethiopia and Eritrea, this spongy, sour flatbread is used to scoop up meat and vegetable stews. Injera also lines the tray on which the stews are served, soaking up their juices as the meal progresses. When this edible tablecloth is eaten, the meal is officially over.

Ethiopian and Eritrean immigrants have modified their recipes after moving to the United States or Europe, depending on what grains are available to them. The injera you find in many East African restaurants in the other countries include both teff and wheat flours. Most injera made in Ethiopia and Eritrea, on the other hand, is made solely with teff.

We were lucky to meet the owner of ADDIS IN CAPE and Senait shared the story with me which I would never have known otherwise. It is also the reason I decided to share it with you, there are so many countries which have unique traditions, foods, and cultures and yet we never ask more than the eye can see ... why?

I personally love travel, food and cultures ... in fact, it is the essence of what I dream of doing one day.

Our meal consisted of the following dishes as we opted for the platter for four and the meat option (they do offer a vegetarian option):
- Yellow lentil stew
- Red Lentils Stew
- A Chicken Dish
- A Beef Dish
- Tomato and Onion
- Pineapple Salsa type dish
- Spicy Butternut Stew

And of course, the Injera with rice flour. We were however spoilt with a bowl of Teff Injera which is when Senait explained to me about the native grains and both options were delicious!

What you might not know is that this traditional 'pancake' style mixture is actually fermented, making it super healthy for your gut! I seriously can attest to this as I had absolutely no bloating whatsoever!




Did You Know?
Teff is apparently now starting to be planted in South Africa according to Senait. It is extremely high in fiber, iron, and calcium but sadly still costs more than rice flour.

Another silly fact:
Teff is the smallest grain in the world. It takes about 150 teff seeds to equal the weight of a kernel of wheat!

So if you truly want a lovely treat which will transport you to another country albeit for just one meal, don't delay visit ADDIS IN CAPE!

Oh yes, BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL!

Details as follows:
41 Church Street
c/o Church & Long
Cape Town

Tel: +0027 21 424 5722
www.addisincape.co.za

** This is not a sponsored post, in fact, I actually bought a Groupon voucher deal.