Best African Food in Melbourne

Rich stews and dried meats so good that once you try them, you'll fall in love. Here are Melbourne's best African restaurants.

1. Café Lalibela || 91 Irving St. Footscray. 3011. Ph (03) 9687 0300. 

Feast on spicy, slow-cooked ‘wats’ (stewed meats) and soak injera bread for a wholesome hands-on banquet. Owners Abera and Salam Ayalaw emigrated from Kenya where they ran a similar-style eatery, this is as authentic as it gets!

2. Dinkensh Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant || Barkly St. Footscray. 3011. Ph: (03) 9687 8644 

Saturday night? Strapped for cash? Feel the beat with live Ethiopian music while you fill up on a budget. Perhaps some doro alicha, a chicken dish with berbere pepper sauce served with rice or Enjera.

3. Kamel || 19 Victoria Ave. Albert Park. 3206. Ph: (03) 9696 1386.

Mouth-watering aromas fill this small café serving African and Moroccan-inspired fare, with brekkies like honey toast with Ethiopian spice, lunches of steamed mussels with mint harissa and lavish dinners.

4. The Abyssinian || 277 Racecourse Rd. Kensington. 3031. Ph: (03) 9376 8754.

Rich stews and dry meats top sour ‘injera’ bread and the African wooden décor makes you feel like you’re on safari at this communal-style, well-priced café.

5. Nyala African || 113 Brunswick St. Fitzroy. 3065. Ph: (03) 9419 9128.

At this long-standing Fitzroy restaurant with colourful décor, wash down filling dishes like Baboutie, meat minced with chutney, nuts and dried fruit with an African beer.



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