This is a truly authentic Ethiopian dining experience where food is served on platters, eaten by hand and best enjoyed shared with the table. To start, go with the combo starter – a mixed plate of all 3 starters on offer – that includes the Sheba salad of fresh tomato, onion, green pepper and jalapeño; sambuusas (an Ethiopian samoosa-like pastry) filled with lentils; and azefas, a spicy yet moreish lentil-and-mustard mixture. All this comes served on an injera – a sourdough sponge-like flatbread.
Likewise for mains – the platters are the way to go and various combinations of the chicken, beef, lamb and vegetarian items can be mixed and matched as you desire. The lamb and beef stews are particularly fragrant and tasty, served with injera – this time a combination of the traditional brown teff flour ones and the white rice-flour ones that accompanied the starter – and a selection of veg and legumes prepared in a variety of flavourful and interesting ways, lined along the edges to be scooped up by the flatbreads together with the tender meat.
Traditionally, dessert doesn’t feature on Ethiopian menus. As such, the meal is completed with an Ethiopian coffee – roasted and ground in-house. It’s brewed and presented in beautiful clay tea pots and served with a bowl of sweetened popcorn, while frankincense burns in the background and conversation continues into the night.
A very limited selection of beers and a wine or two are available. It’s advised guests take advantage of the corkage option and bring your own.
The service was absolutely stellar. The waitresses, in traditional Ethiopian dresses, are friendly and helpful, patiently going through the menu and explaining dishes, cooking techniques, traditions and customs.
Authenticity really is what Queen Sheba is all about. Stepping into the room, you’ll feels as if you’ve perhaps been transported to Addis Ababa itself, with nods to Ethiopia in almost every corner of the space – from the coffee station in the back corner to the art lining the walls. Low lighting is complemented by candlelight on each table, creating a warm and comforting environment.
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