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Addis in Cape 10/26/10

An atmospheric vegetarian and vegan Ethiopian restaurant on the corner of Church and Long Street, Cape Town.


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Addis in Cape has a fabulous selection of vegan and vegetarian food on offer.

Last weekend I joined some friends for dinner at Addis in Cape. This experience was somewhat different to other dining experiences, as it encourages you to get your hands dirty as you immerse yourself in a feast of taste.

Guests are seated around a tiny woven table set amid chilled out Ethiopian decor and music and dim lighting. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable and the service throughout the meal was excellent.

But, the best way to eat here, is together. (Their set menu, which costs R170, includes starters, mains, desserts and coffee. This is a great option and highly recommended.)

All the individual dishes are served on a large sourdough flatbread (injera) which takes up the entire surface of the table. This is where the fun starts, as you don’t get any utensils and instead scoop up the delicious, spicy dishes with the injera. The selection of vegan dishes is extensive and you’ll find yourself gobbling down far more than you really need to eat, simply because it is so good.

I have included their vegan and vegetarian menu below, which you can also view on their website.

Average per meal R75 – R90

  • Misir Wot: Split red lentils sautéed with onions and garlic slow-cooked with Berbere.
  • Kek Alicha Wot: Split yellow chickpeas sautéed with onions, garlic, ginger and turmeric to make a most aromatic and flavourful sauce
  • Shimbera Asa Wot: Homemade chickpea cakes simmered in a Berbere sauce.
  • Defin Misir Alicha Wot: Whole brown lentils sautéed with onions for a wholesome vegetarian meal
  • Shiro Wot: A sauce prepared with a homemade blend of dried split peas ground together with an array of herbs and spices and blended with Berbere.
  • Shiro Alicha Wot: Homemade blend of dried split peas ground together with an array of herbs and spices made with a subtle turmeric flavor
  • Mushrooms Wot: An Addis in Cape specialty, mushrooms immersed in a Berbere sauce is a rarity in everyday Ethiopian cooking.
  • Mushrooms Alicha: Mushroom are simmered in a turmeric sauce with freshly chopped ingredients.
  • Butternut Wot: Cubes of butternut sautéed with onions and garlic and cooked with Berbere
  • Butternut Alicha Wot: Cubes of butternut sautéed with onions and garlic and cooked with a mild sauce
  • Yenkulal Wot: Eggs. Simple and tasty.

Get in touch with them directly:

41 Church St.
Cape Town,
South Africa

Tel: +27 21 424 5722
Fax: +27 21 424 5053

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday
Lunch 12:00 – 14:30
Dinner 18:00 – 10:30
Sunday Closed

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Rating: 3.7/5 (1 vote cast)
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Roline.Bosch October 27, 2010 Reply

When I went to Addis in Cape about 2 years ago, I thought the food was excellent and it was by far the most ‘original’ (for lack of a more original word right now) restaurant scene I’d seen in Cape Town for a while.

I thought the chairs were very uncomfortable, and by the 2nd hour of my very chatty dinner, I was squirming in my chair like a toddler. It felt as though comfort was swapped to get a more authentic Addis vibe. Don’t know if this has changed?

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editor October 27, 2010 Reply

I think that the chairs are the same – I didn’t find them too uncomfortable… But, I do think they try very hard to create the Addis vibe as you said.
The food was so yummy though – so I still think it’s worth it. I actually found the lighting possibly a little too dim.

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