What's up Cape Town Review of Addis in Cape Ethiopian Restaurant...
Our “Brutal Review of Cape Town Restaurants Group” visited the “Addis in Cape” restaurant, and rated the venue as follows:
Our telephonic booking was attended to in a polite and professional manner and our specific seating requirements were met. As to the actual seating itself, it is most original – the setup lends itself to an intimate dining experience.
We found the overall impression and content of the website to be informative and interesting. See http://www.addisincape.co.za/ Our greeting at the door was both warm and very welcoming. On these aspects, Addis scored an impressive 82%.
As an overall impression of the venue itself an equally impressive 85% was awarded. We felt that the intended theme, of being in an authentic Ethiopian eatery was successfully achieved. The acoustics were great, as was the lighting. The restaurant is on three levels (and can cater for largish private functions), each with lavish and authentic Ethiopian furnishings and relics. A warmth and sense of peace seemed to envelope us as we entered, and fellow patrons appeared to be happy and comfortable. Excellent live (but unobtrusive) music was played by a wonderful singer/guitarist in the background (his rendition of some of Tracy Chapman’s songs were indeed memorable).
The general consensus amongst us was that the service was really way over and above average. The overall approach and attitude of our waiter was impressive. His knowledge of the food on offer, and food in general was good. He seemed genuinely interested and passionate about what he was doing – and for these service standards, he scored himself 83%. We found the ritual of the washing of our hands at the table to be most novel, and fitting.
Addis caters for both meat eaters and vegetarian folk alike.
We were provided with two complimentary starters, being the Kategna with Ayeb begomen and Azifa – described as a blend of lentils served with a unique mustard based salad dressing, and a homemade cottage cheese blended with sautéed spinach respectively. Both were delicious!
We all opted to order different main courses which we could share at the communal table. Talking of which, our food was presented in a beautifully woven basket-like table called a Mesob. The dishes ordered were served together on a large plate which was layered with a pancake-like sourdough base called Injera. We had to use our hands to break the Injera, and used this to scoop the various stews and sauces. Great fun!
Few of us had desserts, but for those who did, the Baklava and Ice Cream went down a treat. For those clever enough to have ordered coffee, they were rewarded with a pot of real, genuine Ethiopian Coffee accompanied by Frankincense and a bowl of popcorn!
By general consensus, the food was considered to be really tasty, flavoursome and authentically different.
The food scored an impressive 86%.
The score for the overall dining experience that we had, was an impressive 86%.
We are indeed privileged to live in Cape Town, where we too can experience the tastes and aromas from fellow African countries.
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