I am not sure whether or not I said this in my last Habesha post: I LOVE ETHIOPIAN FOOD!
Until very recently, whenever I would have an Ethiopian food craving in Nairobi, I would consider going to one of three restaurants.
These were Pink Lady at Metropolitan Court in Hurlingham, Red Sea on Lenana Road, and Habesha on Argwings Kodhek.
Earlier this year, while talking to friends who share my passion for Ethiopian food, I discovered that there was yet another Ethiopian restaurant worth going to, located in the most convenient of places: downtown Nairobi! (I’ve also recently discovered another one in Westlands, but that’s for another post!)
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Ethiopian Food in the City Centre
Located in Utalii house, near Mwenda’s and Alliance Française, this Ethiopian restaurant is the second branch of another popular Ethiopian restaurant, Habesha in Hurlingham, and is called, quite simply, Habesha II.
The menu there is exactly the same as that at Habesha in Hurlingham. That is where the similarities between the two restaurants end, though.
To begin with, let’s start with location and ambiance.
Habesha (I) is a fully-fledged restaurant with a lot of outdoor garden space. Habesha II, on the other hand, lies in a small space near a major highway.
Truth be told, it is a little dingy.
Still, because of the great food they serve, Habesha II is a place that is worth knowing about.
I’ve been there myself about 5 times since I first found out about it!
If ever you find yourself needing to have a meal downtown, yet are in the mood for something exotic and tasty, Ethiopian food at Habesha II will do the trick.
The prices are great. Also, as always, the socializing that takes place over a shared meal of Ethiopian delicacies is priceless.
Although I know of a friend who loves Ethiopian food so much that she sometimes goes to Habesha II alone, I recommend that you drag along at least one friend or colleague.
Now you know!
Photo Credit: Amel Ghouila