Addis Ababa Restaurant Review: Jewel of India

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

After a few nights of Ethiopian food (mostly room service!), my colleagues and I decided we wanted to take a break.  We decided to try instead Jewel of India, a restaurant boasting more than 150 menu items. The menu certainly was extensive and spanned South Indian, North Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine, with a pretty good vegetarian and vegan section.  The one thing I really wanted, however, was the “fasting” Thali, so I was disappointed when I was told that that was served only for lunch. 

Instead I ordered some pakora, black dal, and bhindi masala, with rice. I had to ask the waiter to make sure that the dishes were “fasting.” To drink I ordered fresh lime soda.

Black Chickpea Salad

Black Chickpea Salad

To start, the restaurant served on the house a dish comprised of what looked like black chickpeas, with onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and chili peppers, seasoned in what tasted like lots of salt and lemon juice.  It was delicious. I had to stop myself from shoveling it down. Okay, I did shovel it down. 

Pakora

Pakora

The pakora (potato fritters) were served alongside ketchup.  With a mango or other fruit chutney, they would have shined! They were still pretty tasty otherwise though.

Black Dal

Black Dal

The black dal was great, comprising black lentils and kidney beans. It was very spicy and very garlicky, but very very good.

Bhindi Masala

Bhindi Masala

Finally the bhindi masala was probably the best I had ever had.  The fresh okra was surprisingly sweet, balanced by a tomato and onion sauce that was loaded with chilies.

One thing is clear: the chef of this restaurant likes his food spicy! I left the restaurant with my mouth still burning from the heat of the food. It was good though; I don’t think I would have had it any other way! 

If you’re in Addis, it is definitely worth a visit.

Location: Gabon St. near Olympia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Hours: Open for lunch and dinner

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