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3.5 based on 29 reviews
Contact details are as follows: +251 (0) 467750568, +251 (0) 921328271. The restaurant is well known among tour agents in Ethiopia. Its clean, friendly and the staff speak English. I visited the restaurant many times during my stay in Ethiopia. I have many images taken in January/February 2011. However, they do not have a website.
In the context of where we are, Jinka, this is very good. Nice tables and chairs in covered outside area with small hand washing basin behind a screen. The loo, through restaurant, is not good! Waiters friendly though we had our guide and driver with us which always helps. We had two lunches here and it was fairly full with other travellers. For both lunches we had the chicken curry though I had ordered the stir fry both were the same! It was good with rice, carrots, green chillies and moringa leaves. Also Harar Beer. Our driver who only eats injera and tibs said it was very good. All good value. Nice atmosphere and a small restaurant.
Look out for the Guide to the Omo Valley Tribes on sale here. It is written by a local man from Jinka. Very good value at 150Birr and extremely useful.
There are a lot of road works going on in Jinka at the moment which makes the town extremely dusty and several main roads are closed. In addition problems with the water supply.
4 based on 47 reviews
We were taken to this Italian/Ethiopean restaurant by some guests who clearly enjoyed its pretence at Italian cuisine. We did have some difficulty locating it as it had moved its location, but the Tuk-Tuk drivers knew were it was! It wasn’t what we were expecting from an Italian restaurant, as it offered many different cuisines; these did, however, include pizza, which our guests were very happy about. It was very cheap at around £6/head including drinks.
4.5 based on 9 reviews
We had excellent coffee in Fikir Coffee which is a local Ethiopian Restaurant/cafe in Awassa. Coffee is served in little clay pots. In our case, just right portion for the 3 of us! There are also bigger and smaller coffee pots, depending on number of clients drinking coffee together. The little incense burner on our table enhanced the lovely aroma of freshly grounded coffee which was poured in front of us! The restaurant is lovely decorated, with local utensils and fabrics. Super coffee, personal service, nice setting. What more do you want? Go and enjoy! Warmly recommended.
4 based on 2 reviews
My ratings are in the context of Ethiopia and I have given it a general Average because of the state of the lavatories. I feel that the founder of this hotel group would be horrified at how run down this place is now. I don't think they are taking hotel bookings anymore [checking their website] however, it is a popular stopping place for lunch for many tour companies. We stopped here for lunch on 10th and then 18th February. You can sit outside in front of the hotel by the car park on the Terrace & there is a garden at the back of the hotel. Table cloth arrived not too clean. We had Spaghetti with tomato sauce both visits, a St. George's beer each and good coffee afterwards. I didn't trust the meat sauce as doubtful about cleanliness in the kitchen given there was no running water.
The loos however were not good. Door doesn't shut, no flush as no water, smelt terrible, no seat and like many in Ethiopia no paper. No running water to wash hands but a basin outside with a bucket and jug and, surprise, a soap dispenser with soap in.
However, the waiters were nice and the food was really quite good by Ethiopian standards. Our driver said his injera and tibs were good and our guide had Spaghetti with vegetable sauce.
5 based on 11 reviews
I just wanted to say that Kenu (or Tarikwa) serves the best Ful I've had in Ethiopia. She is always ready to serve her customers as her sister Melkam prepares the food in the back. At lunch they serve a very nice bayonet. Also, the chai and buna are both prepared all day, whenever you need some caffeine. I would recommend this restaurant to any local person or traveler.
4 based on 11 reviews
We did not stay at the hotel - which seemed very good - but we ate a number of times at Hi Life.
The restaurant is a stones throw from the lake side and is an ideal spot for an evening or lunch time drink and meal. It is excellent value for money, the food is generous and whilst you may not all be served at the same time the overall service is delightful.
Go for a stroll alongside the lake, take a boat trip and then relax in the restaurant afterwards. Its lovely.
4 based on 4 reviews
The grilled tilapia is excellent, but the place in general is not very clean and we were not comfortable eating all the raw vegetables they served.
5 based on 11 reviews
This restaurant was highly recommended by our guide from Paradise Resort. We had lunch for a family 5 which included whole grilled tilapia with vegetables for the adults and ethiopian perch and chips for the kids. The food was incredible and the service was super friendly. Dinner for 5 including 2 pops, 1 beer and a bottle of wine was only 450b.
2.5 based on 5 reviews
Lewi seems to own half the hotel and cafe business of Awasa...
Quite up and down in terms of what they have and the quality...
Service is ok and location is good.
To be on the safe side, go for the Ethiopian dishes if that strikes your fancy. Otherwise, pizzas are ok as well.
4 based on 10 reviews
Italian restaurant in Hawassa: Ethiopia we serve Western and Ethiopian Dishes. We are located in the most renowned recreation area in Hawassa where you can enjoy Lake Hawassa and the nearby places and come to us to have great Italian Dishes with Imported from Italy ingredients. Our meals are prepared by Ethiopian and Italian owners.
Surprisingly, there is an Italian restaurant on the road to the Hawassa Fish Market, just over from the Oasis International Hotel, with an owner who certainly some European heritage. The restaurant is very clean and the food is very good, albeit somewhat more expensive than many surrounding venues. If you want a pretty authentic Italian meal then you can expect one here. Around £20 a head with a bottle of wine between 3, and water.
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