Memphis >Food & Dining > Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
2600 Poplar Ave Ste 115, Memphis, TN | Directions 3811235.137814 -89.974261
Mon. - Sat. 11am - 10pm;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: East Memphis/Colonial/Yorkshire, Depot Planning District
DON'T EAT HERE – i don't know where to start about this restaurant. first of all the somalian (the cook) employee told us that these people do alot of illegal stuff in the restaurant like paying the lady who do the inspection money beause they don't clean the place and will fail if they don't pay her, second of all the somalian lady who works there sick and TB and doctor told her not to work and she still does so that's gross i don't want anyone coughing on my food and she even told us that the owner talks too much, she will smile at you then talk bad behind your back. the somalian lady even told us that she works like 12 hours a day, 6 days a week then gets paid only like $400.00, they treat her like an animal. the employees talk about each other's back all the time and don't like each other. so please don't eat at that place if you are concerned about your health. there alot of nice and luxury restaurant in memphis.
Don't let the outside fool you into passing this great ethnic place by. – This is not fancy dining. Its a hole in the way, in the bottom of an old office building, and if you weren't looking for it you wouldn't even notice it. The decor is not new or fancy, but it has a very ethnic feel. The food is very good, but its not for everybody. The flavors are different from what most people are used to, but that in itself is not a knock on the cuisine, which is always excellently prepared and is also extremely affordable. When you go its best to realize that the meal is not served with utensils. Also, the smell inside is very pungent, so don't bring any sort of jacket or anything like that in which doesn't need to pick up the smell or that can't be washed easily. For this reason this is probably not the best place to go if you have a big evening planned after wards, as you will retain the smell of the restaurant where ever you go.
I crave the food there! – Spicy lentils, yellow split peas, caramelized carrots and green beans, cabbage...ugh, everything is so delicious and it's on top of a spongy bread called Injera. Instead of a fork, you use the injera to pick the food up and eat it. Now, I'm not one to rave about the above ingredients, but used in traditional ethiopian dishes...Wow! Not only does it taste great, but it's also filling and inexpensive. The people there are warm and friendly. My four year old son refused to try the food, but we finally got him to give the yellow split peas a shot and he loved them. I mentioned it to the owner (who also waits and cooks) and she went back and got him his own little bowl of it. He ate every last bite (a major accomplishment for him). I'm not a vegetarian, however my husband is. So we always share the vegetarian combination plate and this is one place where I don't miss the meat at all, even though they have plenty of meat options available. It's always busy when I visit...so I seriously hope it isn't under threat of going under as previous reviewers have suggested. I don't know where I would go to get my fix!
Very surprising Ethiopian and vegetarian food – This place, like most Ethiopian restaurants, is very modest and not too busy at dinner, although the lunch buffet is popular, so I hear.
I ate here twice at dinner, and the food is delicious. The quantity is very generous, and as always, the manner in which Ethiopians prepare vegetables, lentil, and of course injera is good.
Here is the surprise..this place had absolutely the best, freshest Salmon that I ever had in any Restaurant! Caution, it is in a spicy sauce, but man is it excellent!
Damm good! – Great place to eat. Order the veggie lentils plate. Excellent service and great food. Atmosphere is so-so, but price is very reasonable for the quanitity and quality of food. Please eat here and keep unique ethnic places like this open in Memphis (go out for BBQ another time).
EAT HERE PLEASE! – This is another in a long line of hidden gems in Memphis. Memphis has slowly become quite a good place to enjoy international cuisine. I had never had ethiopian food until I was told I had to eat here. This is some of the tastiest food this side of the Mississippi. Everything is eaten on a huge plate using Ethiopian bread as your utensils. Dont be afraid, the host/owner will take good care of you. This is the type of place that Memphians love, but dont patronize enough to keep it open. Please dont let that happen!
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