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African, Ethiopian
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Reviewed May 13, 2022

On 3 occasions, we have ordered take-out, and the food was nasty. 1 time we ate in a restaurant, and the food that night was excellent! Saturday, 2 wots we ordered were missing. Instead, they gave us 4 servings of 1 order. There was no...chicken other than a wing in the Doro Wot. There was part of a neck and one other bone.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed November 23, 2020

We enjoyed the ambience, with carved wooden furniture and food served on large woven trays. Service was friendly. However, the food was not as good as we've had in other Ethiopian restaurants. The chicken dish, doro wat, included one piece of meat on the bone...(a drumstick?), not meriting the price. The dish arrived without any utensils, as is the tradition, but it was impossible to remove the meat from the bone simply with the injera. The beef stew was spicy but not nuanced in flavour. When the traditional coffee service was provided to another table, the whole restaurant was engulfed in acrid incense smoke.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 14, 2020

The food is very good here, but one of the hostesses was wearing very strong perfume, which at times overpowered the smell of the food. This is never good! Also the incense was very strong when more than one was burning.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed February 15, 2020

Friendly waiting staff, excellent food and service. Ambiance is fantastic, highly recommend if you like authentic Ethiopian food .

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 12, 2020

This was our first time here, but we have eaten plenty of Ethiopian food here in Calgary and beyond. The food was pretty good, the injera was fresh and light. Some of the meat dishes had bone chips/chunks that we weren't expecting, so beware. The...veggie dishes were quite good. The bunna coffee service involves some incense, and it was overpowering the entire space, with no ventilation. Not good for anyone with allergies or asthma, and quite irritating to the eyes, nose and mouth. So be forewarned about that. The service was very slow and disorganized, but the one server was very kind, so we forgive her! The platter is for 2-4 people, but really meant for 4. They should offer a half-size platter for 1-2 people, at half the price.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 3, 2020

Best habehsa restaurant in my city. I must go to Abissinia restaurant at least once a week ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 7, 2019

Best ethiopian experience I’ve ever had! Super friendly! Amazingly delicious food, and such a great atmosphere!

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 27, 2019

For a great authentic taste of Ethiopia food in Calgary one must visit the Abyssinia restaurant. A delicious selection of meet, stew,, and vegetarian dishes that are very flavourful and represent the wonderful cuisine of Ethiopia.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 26, 2019

We had a delicious Ethiopian vegan dinner at Abyssinia. As soon as we said we were vegans, the woman told us what we could have. Since this was our first time there while vacationing in Canada, she suggested the vegetable platter for two to share....The platter was not only incredibly delicious but it was also beautiful in presentation. Actually, the amount of food was very generous, and actually one of the platters would have been enough for both of us. No Ethiopian beer the night we were there, but beer tasted very good with the spicy food. Highly recommend if you are in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 2, 2019

We are going to Ethiopia in about a month and I just finished reading The Seventh Scroll (Wilbur Smith), so decided to try some Ethiopian food. Good location with lots of free street parking, but watch time limits. You can sit inside or outside (busy...street though, so beware of exhaust fumes). Functional decor, reasonably comfortable chairs. Both draft beers were not available and two of the three domestic beers were not available either (they ran out the day before). Limited wine list. It would have been nice if we would have been offered a glass for the beer as not everybody likes to drink from the bottle. We started out with the Sinig k`Arya, a jalapeno pepper stuffed with onions, tomatoes and spices. Excellent, but obviously very spicy (try biting in a fresh jalapeno pepper), thus the bottle of water came in handy. I opted for the Beg Wot` a spicy lamb stew. The sauce was excellent, spicy but not overly so. The lamb however was mainly bone and the meat was very chewy. Unsure if this was lamb or its older relative mutton. My wife had the Special Kifto, an Ethiopian steak tartare. Meat was very tasty, however there were some bone fragments that negatively affected the dining experience. Big portions (no need to finish everything as in some parts of Ethiopia, it is impolite to finish your plate as it may indicate you are still hungry). The Injeera (a flatbread with a slightly spongy texture) served both as a serving platter (in a basket) and utensil and was light and thin. You use your hands to eat so plenty of napkins are required. Service was good and friendly, even if it took a while before being served (maybe as Canadians we want our food sooner, not taking into account the African reality). Patrons were mainly Ethiopian and South Sudan. Nice background music.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed October 17, 2018

I really enjoy Ethiopian cuisine; the spices, the blends, the unique type of foods, but also the eating style - with your hands. It is a very much family style sharing type of food that meant to be eaten socially. If you like variety and...unique tastes then you should definitely try it. Abyssinia has a fantastic menu, with traditional options and a great friendly atmosphere. Service is always with a smile. It does get busy in the evenings.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

Ethiopian Cuisine Every item has unique taste. You may like it or hate depends on your taste bud. Beware! the breads are made of fermented dough so it has a strong sour taste in it. Overall it's alright. You never know if it is your...thing until you give a try. Just so you know, this special platter is for four people and we were only two.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

Let me start by saying that the food was delicious, very strong flavours, spicy, etc. But the service was quite bad, the only server was very friendly, but he kept forgetting anything I ordered, had to ask for my beer a couple times because by...the time he got to the bar he had totally forgotten about it (and the restaurant wasn't even very busy). Then the really annoying part is that 4 items of the menu weren't marked as unavailable but were sold out, even worse, for three of the four the server didn't even told us that when we ordered, and for one of them he only told us almost 15 minutes after taking down our order... So you can imagine that no matter how tasty the food was, when we had to change our order so many times (especially the one time after we thought our food was almost ready), we couldn't fully enjoy the experience. if the service was at least average I would have given it 4 stars without question.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed July 6, 2018

My son lives around the corner and has been nagging us to go there and try it. On our third attempt, we finally found it open and gave it a go. We had tried on two previous attempts, but both times the places was closed...even though their posted hours of service said they should be open. One time, we waited outside their door for 10 minutes along with one of their staff who did not have a key. Any, it was third time as a charm or a a strike out. We came in and taken to our table and our drink orders taken (the beer I wanted was not in stock, so I picked another). We ordered the Mahiberawi, a platter of 12 different items for 4 people. It came with a spongy sour bread that you use to scoop up the different items by hand to eat them. There were 5 meat dishes and 7 vegetarian on the plate, all, except one, to our liking. Very interesting and different for us North American types, but well worth a try. The platter gives one a chance to try a number of different dishes. At the end, we had the coffee service, buna, which again was a unique experience and one which you must try. Not cheap, the bill, before tip for the three of us, was $88. And, yes, I would come back here.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed June 7, 2018 via mobile

Our first time in an eritrean restaurant. I like that the owners have stayed true to their home dishes. The flat bread is very unusual having a spongy feel. You eat by using the bread and folding it with your fingers around the food. We...enjoyed the 'cat cat' most of all. It was great to be in this family restaurant beautifully themed with bright tribal style paintings on the walls. The service was great and we were made to feel at home. Do try this welcoming and unique restaurant. If you like to experiment with your foods then this is a must. A bonus is there is a good selection of wines. We had a Malbec whose full flavour went well with the meats.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
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