Abyssinia Restaurant

Back in Cowtown for a few days during the holidays. O wanted to try an Ethiopian place downtown, Abyssinia Restaurant, that was recommended by her Ethiopian co-worker. It’s located next door to TAO Vietnamese Cuisine.


We dropped in on a Friday afternoon (around 12:45pm). There were a couple people eating but for the most part, it was empty.


The inside is very spacious and they had incense sticks lit in the room. Service is slow and non-existent. You literally have to ask for everything.


Our waitress asked if we were ready to order and then proceeded to leave when we said yes. She also didn’t explain any of the dishes to us when she brought the food out to our table. It’s essentially on Ethiopian time; you’ll know what I mean if you’ve been for Ethiopian food before.


Menu is split into appetizers & salads, meat mains, vegan mains and drinks. Click here to see the menu (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7).

Mahiberawi ($49.99 for 4)
DSC09483Meat and vegetable combo platter. This easily fed four of us. Kitfo, k’ik’il, doro wot’, k’ey beg wot’, kale gommen besiga, ayib and special vegetarian combo of the day.


It’s a good variety of food although I didn’t particularly find anything that stood out to my taste buds. The injera was light and airy but I didn’t find it to have much of a sour taste on its own.


The lamb was tasty but not much meat, mostly bone. Also a tad too salty.


The other meats.



The raw ground beef was interesting; almost like a tartare.


The yellow and green lentils were meh but the beets and carrot/cabbage were good. Same for the kale and spinach.






Worth a try but not sure if Abyssinia would be on my list to come back to.

Abyssinia Restaurant
910 12 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB
(403) 452-3498

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