The Abyssinia: An Indianapolis Restaurant with an Ethiopian Flair

Every now and again, a person gets an urge for something different. It is easy to tire of the same old restaurant offerings week after week in Indianapolis, Indiana, but fortunately the bustling Circle City has a long and varied list of fun places to eat. When that old gastronomical ennui sets in, an establishment like the Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant in Indianapolis can be a great choice. And not just because it is a member in good standing of the vastly unique Indianapolis cultures, but just because the food is so incredibly good.

Setting aside the fascinating menu for a second, however, you should know that there are other things that make dining at Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant unique. First, true to the Ethiopian culture, you will eat with your hands; Ethiopians do not use utensils. Also, the ‘family’ style dining experience will be communal in nature. All food is served on one main ‘tray’ in the center of the table. The bread, called injera or enjera is used to dip or otherwise transport the food from the center location on your table to your mouth. No other Indianapolis restaurant can offer quite the same experience.

Those who shake their heads in wonder at the very idea of an Ethiopian restaurant in Indianapolis are in for a surprise. Adventurers sampling the various ethnic restaurants in Indianapolis will notice immediately that spiciness is preferred in most of these settings. American fare features some spicy foods, but in comparison, it is not nearly as potent. Ethiopian food is spicy, but the thing that you will find here is that your server will ask how much spiciness you prefer, so that if your tastes lean more to the mild side, then it will not detract from your dining pleasure.

To begin with, you might chose an appetizer called ayib bemitmita, which is a type of farmers cheese spinkled with powdered hot pepper. It is likened to a drier, fresher version of cottage cheese. Or, yesiga sambusa, which is a pastry stuffed with ground meat. If you are a vegetarian or vegan and you frequent vegetarian restaurants in Indy, you will like your options here. Red lentils cooked in a tangy sauce with red peppers is called yemisir wett. Tikel gemen is a tasty mix of cabbage and potatoes in a buttery sauce.

Meat eaters at this outstanding Indianapolis Ethiopian restaurant can enjoy the yebeg alecha, which is lamb prepared in an spicy herb butter sauce. To drink, you will find mango juice or spiced tea with cardamom as cultural choices. Or you can choose from their selection of beer and wines as well.

At the Abyssinia, your Indianapolis Ethiopian restaurant experience will not only be different and memorable, but inexpensive. Two people can eat for well under $30.00. And the atmosphere is pleasantly simple, while the dress is casual, as it is with most ethnic Indy restaurants . Reservations for the Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant in Indianapolis are not needed unless you are bringing a party of five or more.

The next time you are looking for a taste of something different, put Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant on your list of Indianpolis restaurants to visit. Devotees call it one of the best restaurants in Indianapolis.

Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
5352 W 38th St
Indianapolis, IN 46254


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