Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Makan-Makan Mardi - Let's Ethopia

Last week I had a great dinner in one of restaurants not far from Grand Place, Brussels. It is an Ethopian restaurant.
I have never known African cuisine nor ever dream of going into such restaurant. Seriously what can you eat at Ethopia? However, amazingly it was a great discover and thus would like to share with you.

The restaurant is called 'KoKoB'. I don't know what it means though..
The menu is quite elaborate. That for sure answered my question as to what Ehtopian eat! Their vegetarian menu has a lot of variety.
The decoration is nice, the ambiance is very cheerful and nice. Apparently the restaurant is a place to host some expositions. I expect the arts and paintings on the wall changes each time there is new exposition from new artist. Also, sometimes, there are live bands, but when I was there there was no live bands. The restaurant surface is long in depth. With different composition of seatings as you go inside.

If you look at their menu (in pdf format) there are so many choices.
There were 5 then 4 of us. We ordered Menu Decouverte. Like this we have a bit of everything. There are 2 great things about eating here. First, the food is served on a round tray covered with 'injera'. This is a staple food a pancake-like made from teff flour.
From Wikipedia:
Teff or taf (Eragrostis tef (Zucc.) Trotter), Amharic ጤፍ ṭēff, Tigrinya ጣፍ ṭaff) is an annual grass, a species of lovegrass native to the northern Ethiopian Highlands of northeastern Africa

Then the waitress put in bit of portions of everything for everyone. Most of them are with bit of sauce, then there is salad and cheese made from yoghurt. With this, it came with a basket of rolled injera. In order to eat it, you tear the injera, then scoop different items on the tray. It is best to eat with your hand, though I saw people eating with fork and knife.

This is what it looks like (Photo courtesy of KoKoB Facebook):

If you ever come down to Brussels, then do not hesitate to go to Kokob, situated at Rue des Grands Carmes, 10 - 1000 Bruxelles.
It's about 50m from MannekinPis :)

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