I love the fact that our hobby of food blogging and travelling opens up opportunities for both the Boy and I to eat out as often as we can.
We love travelling across to different continents and sampling and immersing ourselves into the local cuisine.
I happily indulge in the local fare as I know that within a short space of time, I will be reunited to my home where I can partake in indulging as much as I would like food that is of the norm to me.
The African continent has always been on my bucket list to visit. I would love to travel around and meet the different people and try their local fare.
However, that dream is still a dream for the time being. For now, the Boy and I would like to introduce our wonderful readers (you) to the African cuisine that is readily available in Melbourne’s beautiful array of diverse suburbs.
When Oxfam was running its Eat Local, Feed Global campaign we decided to do just that and paid a visit to The Horn along Johnston Street in Fitzroy.
Having come from a multicultural society ourselves, immersing our thoughts to eating African food was as easy as ABC.
I couldn’t get how similar the techniques of eating Ethiopian food were to both Indian and Malay food in Malaysia.
Hands are used to pick food up from shared platters and eaten straight away.
God given utensils people! Hurrah! Food surely does taste better this way.
Though having passed The Horn many times over the years, we had never ventured inside before.
Upon walking in, we were greeted with funky retro decorations with bright finger paintings amongst the wall.
I enjoyed a cup of Chai Latte with honey as the Boy and I waited for our orders to arrive.
The Boy and I both had the Doro Wot $18.50 (Free-range chicken, cooked in a rich red onion sauce with ginger, tomato, garlic, traditional spices & boiled eggs, served with yoghurt & injera) and the Yebeg Wot $17.00 (Lamb stewed Ethiopian style, with red onion, ginger, garlic & Kibe, plus a selection of very mild herbs & spices, served with salad & injera).
Each of the mains come served together on a big giant platter containing salads and injera.
So don’t be afraid to dig in with your right hand and tuck in.
I couldn’t help comparing the injera to thicker types of thosai (dosa) which we are used to in Malaysia.
The Yebeg Wot and Doro Wot too reminded me of Malay curries with its rich spices and balanced of flavours.
Having eaten food from quite a few different countries, I can attest that there are always some sort of similarity between the flavours of the food despite the miles of ocean that separate each continent.
Thanks to the spice routes and adventurous explorers who travelled around the globe to share ingredients and trade with one another, we are so lucky to experience the evolution of food in this circumstance.
I’m not sure why it took us so long to get here, but we will be sure to return as it does taste like home 🙂
What has been your favourite cuisine to eat and does it remind you of your own local cuisine?
*Disclaimer: All food ratings & review are purely based on my own experiences and how I feel about the service, food and quality at the time of visit
Food/ Cuisine: Ethiopian
Dining Style: Cafe & Restaurant
Wednesday to Friday, 7:00pm – late
Saturday, 6.30pm – late
Sunday, 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
20 Johnston Street
Fitzroy Vic 3066
Tel: (03) 9417 4670
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Ethiopian is an interesting cuisine indeed. We have a restaurant here in Sydney called Lat Dior and we liked most of our dishes too! 🙂
It is! Lat Dior.. makes me think of branded bags 😛
I just ate nine store-brand Oreos in a row dipped into peanut butter.
I kinda wish some of the space in my stomach has been given to injera instead.
*sigh* your diet habits no longer surprises me 😛
I’ve never tried food from Africa before but I’ve heard wonderful things about The Horn. Must visit soon!
I do think you would find it fun but a little heavy!
Love injera! it’s like an aerated sourdough thosai to me =).
OMG I was looking for a description just like that… aerated sourdough thosai! Hahahha