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“Little. Ethiopia”
Review of Little Ethiopia

Little Ethiopia
Ranked #218 of 1,155 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Ethiopian
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Description: The Best of Ethiopian cuisine, prepared 100% in a traditional way so that you may experience the original taste of this internationally popular Eastern African food. Visit us at LITTLE ETHIOPIA RESTAURANT!!
Cape Town
Level 5 Contributor
30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Little. Ethiopia”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

After reading rave reviews we booked a table at Little Ethiopia in Shortmarket street for lunch with visitors yesterday in quiet downtown Cape Town. I love Ethiopian food and it was great to find a city centre restaurant open on Sunday. The lights and music were switched on as we sat down to a rather indifferent welcome even though we were the only people there! Very authentic decor though. Our shared vegetarian starter on a mat of injera was a little tasteless, followed by four meat and one vegetarian dish. Apart from the Doro Wot consisting of one tiny chicken leg, the flavorings were all pretty much the same, and the vegetarian dish was nothing more than a rather bland brown gravy. We'd asked for a special (R200) coffee ceremony after lunch but it was all done unannounced in another corner of the cafe whilst we were eating and we were just brought cups of coffee and a platter of popcorn with no 'ceremony'. We arrived with high expectations from the reviews but left feeling very disappointed and short changed. Pity. But I'll give the place one more chance.

  • Visited May 2014
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Palm Beach, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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“Great authentic Ethiopian Restaurant in Cape Town”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

While our honeymoon in Cape Town, we tried many different restaurants, but this is the best quality food we had in town. The food is authentic and perhaps the best Ethiopian restaurant we have tried.
Food is prepared fresh in a family restaurant. Totally worth it if you're in Cape Town.

  • Visited April 2014
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3 Thank sdias525_11
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Messy”
Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

Why do I want to eat with my hands. The food was not nice and the overall experience dismal. The waitress was rude.

Visited March 2014
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Thank Henrithegreat
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UK
Level 6 Contributor
215 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Look this up while in Cape Town for a different experience”
Reviewed 15 March 2014

I had been recommended the Little Ethiopia by firends of friends who always eat here when in Cape Town. You wouldn't come across it by accident unless in the area wandering. However it is worth looking it out for a different experience. It is a small restaurant with small low tables and some outdoor seating in the street. We chose the mahberawi which is a small amount of each meal on the menu as we had never tried this type of food before. It was delivered on a large rice bread and beautifully presented. You then get more rice bread to eat the food with. This is all authentic and there is no cutlery involved. Soft drinks and coffee is available and you can BYO. The waitresses were fanastic and we chatted with the owners who were lovely. The cost per person for the main meal was R50! Great value and worth looking up whe in town.

  • Visited March 2014
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3 Thank anniewphoto
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Cosy, family-run restaurant with scrumptious food!”
Reviewed 6 March 2014

Wonderful food, served by people who took pride in their dishes. The staff were very friendly, including their little baby :) The restaurant is small, making you feel at home. The food was VERY good value. We liked the place so much that we went there twice during our stay!

  • Visited January 2014
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2 Thank afomis
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