“Let’s go for an Ethiopian” isn’t the most common suggestion you’ll hear on an English night out. But with a surge of popularity for the cuisine in recent years, it soon could be.
If you’re looking for a memorable eating experience while visiting Manchester, head to Habesha. This small, family-run restaurant is hidden at the top of a spiral staircase. Which is in a takeaway. In the heart of Manchester’s gay village. Found it? Good.
One of the few places in the city that sells exclusively Ethiopian food, the entire experience is refreshingly no-frills from beginning to end.
Upon arrival, you’ll be invited to sit in a brightly painted room studded with artworks and musical instruments. The small but perfect menu offers a mix of beef, chicken, lamb and vegetarian one-pots/curries.
A good bet is to mix and share over a traditional sour flatbread, or injera. But be warned – cutlery isn’t a part of the deal. Instead, scoop up the colourful and delicious stews and curries with this spongey, pancake-like accompaniment.
Twin your feast with an Ethiopian or Eritrean beer. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, an Ethiopian red wine, at £5.50 per glass. Get stuck in!