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Cathedral in a cloudy afternoon Almost all traditional dishes are prepared with the addition of various spices and seasonings. Basil, saffron, mustard, coriander, thyme, red pepper and other spices are added to meat and vegetables to give a special flavor, which makes dishes spicy and different from other culinary masterpieces. Local restaurants' menus are sure to satisfy vegetarians. The fact is that many local residents observe a lot of religious traditions, in particular, they're trying to exclude meat from the diet. A huge selection of fresh and stewed vegetables, various salads and vegetable soups is available to guests in every national restaurant.
However, a pleasant surprised is also prepared for fans of meat. Despite the fact that meat dishes are not as popular as vegetarian specialties, each one deserves the highest praise. A very popular dish is "tybsy" prepared from mutton or beef. Pieces of meat are fried and served with a hot sauce. The most famous exotic dish is "bryndo" - pieces of steamed meat served with a spicy sauce in a similar way. Fans of more traditional food can order a regular stewed meat, which is usually garnished with lentils.
The process of serving dishes is also slightly different from the one people from European countries are used to. Almost all food is laid out on a special flat cake with a diameter of about 50 cm. Thus, it serves as the main "cutlery", as local people use neither forks nor knives habitual for Europeans during the meal. Many restaurants are always full of foreign guests, so a standard set of cutlery is provided immediately upon request of the client. The most popular drink is coffee, the brewing of which looks like a real ceremony. In many coffee houses, coffee beans are fried and ground in front of visitors, and this process is no less interesting and fascinating than a well-known tea ceremony. Copyright
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The city has an amazing range of restaurants for any taste. In order to try the most popular dishes of Ethiopian cuisine, many travelers head to Yod Abyssinia Traditional Food. This restaurant offers a modern take on the most popular regional food. Everything is not only delicious but also looks gorgeous. Yod Abyssinia Traditional Food is well thought out and great attention is paid even to small details. For example, even food is served on fabulous tableware made by local artisans. The restaurant hosts entertainment programs several times a week. During such special evenings, visitors can admire the talent of local musicians and dancers.
Continue sampling local food and relax in a casual atmosphere at 2000 Habesha Cultural Restaurant. This dining venue offers mouthwatering grilled meat, dozens of various vegetable salads, first-course dishes, and traditional pastries. The hall of this restaurant also has a scene, so performances of local dancers and musicians are not rare there. It is hard to name 2000 Habesha Cultural Restaurant a typical tourist restaurant as it is equally popular with locals.
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Lucy Lounge & Restaurant will conquer guests with its romantic atmosphere. It is open in a picturesque garden. Tables of the restaurant are installed outside, under special tents. This restaurant is a great place to try the most popular dishes of Ethiopian cuisine. Lucy Lounge & Restaurant offers traditional soups, rice, grilled meat and vegetables. The restaurant is incredibly popular with families and guests with children as the adjacent territory is decorated with interesting wooden sculptures. There is much free space for a stroll.
Sunset on the rising city: Addis Ababa Diversify your vacation with a visit to Le Grand Reve that specializes in European cuisine. Le Grand Reve is one of the most luxurious and prestigious restaurants of the capital. The dining venue offers excellent tartar and seafood delicacies. The choice of meat and salads is also fantastic. In accordance with the national traditions, many meat and seafood dishes are cooked on a grill. Le Grand Reve also has an extensive wine list, and sweet tooths will be impressed by a giant choice of pastries and fruit desserts.
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Besides restaurants, there are many charming cafes in Addis Ababa. Any review of the city’s cafes would be incomplete without Mamokacha. This café offers signature cookies that regular customers usually like to order together with a cup of a fragrant coffee. Besides pastries, the café offers many simple and affordable everyday meals. Many travelers prefer to visit this café in the morning in order to enjoy the most popular breakfast food. The charming café is not only suitable for relaxing and enjoying a delicious lunch or dinner. Mamokacha offers a range of takeaway food. The popular café is perfect for families with children.
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National cuisine of Ethiopia

Let’s talk about meat. Ethiopians eat meat, but not always. The truth is that local church – Ethiopian Christianity – is based on multiple traditions and customs from the Old Testament. In accordance with the religion of Christian Ethiopians, there are several fasting periods every year. Moreover, Wednesday and Friday are also days with a special menu. Ethiopians eat vegetarian dishes only on these days. Luckily, the choice of delicious dishes without meat is truly incredible. Local people do not eat pork, and this rule applies to Christians who live in accordance with the Old Testament traditions and Muslims. That being said, goat meat, beef, poultry, and mutton are very popular in Ethiopia. … Open
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