Newcastle Hunter Valley

Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant

Authentic Ethiopian flavours and customs on King St

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No cutlery here, all good to just get stuck into it with your hands
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Got a hankering for some truly authentic cuisine from all corners of the globe, then Newcastle’s King St is the go-to destination.

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In just a couple of hundred metres you can trip between Spanish tapas, a French patisserie, traditional Italian pizzas and even Eastern European zakuski. But perhaps the most interesting of them all is Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant.

Unfamiliar to most Ethiopian cuisine is best described by owner Lidya Stapleton as being, “Different from anything you have ever had before.”
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Much of the flavour comes from the variety of spices that are infused into each of the dishes, imported direct from Ethiopia, in many cases the spices take just as long to prepare as the meals themselves.

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As with the cuisine, Ethiopian food culture is as equally interesting with the etiquette being to eat all dishes with your hands. To make things a little easier most meals are served alongside injera, the staple food of the country. This soft and spongy flat bread perfectly soaks up the stewed flavours of the Doro Wot, a marinated chicken dish cooked in mild Ethiopian spiced clarified butter and a tomato, onion and garlic based sauce which is then topped off with a boiled free range egg.

Or the Miser Wot, a braised split red lentils dish that’s cooked in a tomato, onion, ginger and garlic sauce, finished in mild Ethiopian spiced clarified butter.
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To complete the Habesha experience at the end of your meal you will enjoy the traditional hand washing ceremony that is customary in Ethiopia. With the hands being such a vital part of the eating process time is take to make sure everything is clean.
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Location:
181 King Street
Newcastle 2300
Contact:
(02) 4929 1876
Website:
habeshafood.com.au
Hours:
Mon Open
Tue 11:30am till late
Wed 11:30am till late
Thu 11:30am till late
Fri 11:30am till late
Sat Dinner Only
Sun Closed
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