Melbourne, Victoria

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Who would've thought that on a zippy main road in Kensington, you could get stuck into seriously spicy fare from The Horn of Africa? At The Abyssinian, you can. This is traditional slow-cooked food; from goat to kangaroo and a range of vegetarian options. Get into the swing of things by eating with your hands or with traditional injera flat bread.

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277 Racecourse Road
Kensington VIC 3031





African, Vegetarian available

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Licensed & BYO (wine only)

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"What, no cutlery?" I hear you scream. "And where are the plates?" Don't worry, you haven't been short-changed, this is cuisine from the Horn of Africa, so there is no crockery and your eating utensils are dangling at the end of your arms. Still not convinced? Then let me explain. Food from the Horn consists mainly of wots, which are dense, slow-cooked stews of meat, chicken or even lentils, cooked in clarified butter and subtly spiced with berbere pepper and aromatic spices such as cumin, cardamom and cinnamon. Chunks of tender vegetables and seafood make up the rest of the menu but if it's all too new then put yourself in the expert hands of your host, Vittorio Silvestro, and order the banquet.

Soon a sizeable tray will emerge from the kitchen, sporting what looks like a large spongy pancake. This is injera which is a sour, slightly vinegary bread that doubles as both crockery and tablecloth. Onto this are arrayed your selection of dishes, lined up around the edges like the knights at the round table. All that remains is for you to rip off a chunk of injera, wrap it around a morsel of stew and eat. There are a number of African restaurants dotted around Melbourne's inner western suburbs, and although the Abyssinian is one of the newer ones it's already garnered a good following and an excellent reputation. The food is first class, the decor is evocative and the welcome is warm.
John Weldon

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40 pax


Outdoor Dining
Something Different
Suitable for Corporate functions
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
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Adrian Briones on 31/08/2014
When dining at The Abyssinian, don't expect to use much of the cutlery. Wash your hands, and get bare handed with your meal. In fact, this is probably the most enjoyable part of the whole dining experience. Just tear the soft aromatic injera bread, scoop, roll and succumb to slow cooked Dorho Zighini –  a famous chicken casserole.
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joker - 6/01/2013
Great place,great food and relaxing atmosphere. Love this place