This was my first Ethiopian cuisine experience (I know, finally catching up) and since we live in East Bay, we decided to stay close to home base and check out Café Colucci in Oakland. As you arrive, you take in the quaint and leafy patio vibes which transports you to a small exotic town. This family-owned restaurant founded in 1991 makes you feel at home with their friendly staff and incredibly prompt service! Fun fact: They stay true to their roots by importing their spice blends directly from their processing plant in Modjo, Ethiopia. Also, they were Michellin Guide 2017 recommended! Amazing!!
We opted for the following dishes:
Vegetarian Sambusa- Sautéed whole lentils, fresh garlic, jalapeno, fresh cilantro and green onions (As seen in the image below...similar to the Indian's samosa)
Assa Gored Gored- White boneless fish sautéed with fresh rosemary, onions, garlic, lemon juice, jalapeño
Meat Sampler- Self explanatory
Doro Tibs- Boneless marinated chicken sautéed with onions, jalapeno, fresh garlic & tomato
Mitten Shouro- Imported chickpea flour seasoned & cooked with garlic
Begue Tibs- Fresh Lamb meat sautéed with onions, jalapeno & fresh rosemary**** (MY FAV!)
------> Pro tip: Ethiopian cuisine is usually served family style without utensils as seen below which is a unifying and humbling experience in its own way. If this doesn't appeal to you, the restaurant also does offer individual plates if you prefer to not share. (It's okay, we won't judge!)
All in all, the juicy and tender meat, seafood options, and their $5 house wine (ALL DAY LONG) made this a spot that I would recommend and cannot wait to return to. Have any other Ethiopian recommendations for us? Shoot us a line below!
Let's dig in,