Addis Ababa Restaurant Review: 2000 Habesha

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Travel | 0 comments

If you have never seen traditional Ethiopian dancing, you have to at least once.  The shoulder-popping, head-spinning extravaganza is pretty unique, unlike anything else I’ve seen.  In Addis there are a huge number of “cultural” restaurants that serve traditional cuisine, along with an hours-long shows packed with dancing and singing.  My colleagues and I got our dancing and food fill from 2000 Habesha.

Dancers at 2000 Habesha

Dancers at 2000 Habesha

This is one of Addis’s better-known cultural restaurants. We made a reservation for 7pm and when we got there the large restaurant was pretty empty. Within an hour it had filled to capacity, mostly with local Ethiopians, which we took as a pretty good sign.

The buffet at 2000 Habesha is pretty extensive, but the vegan selection was not great.  I was happy they had dark injera, but there were only two “fasting” wots, one of them cabbage and carrot (atkilt wot), the other carrot and green beans (fasolia). I was hoping for at least one lentil dish! There were, however, plenty of vegan salads.

Dinner!

Dinner!

You can see I loaded up my plate with veggies! The food was pretty good, but it was not exceptional.

The dancing was great though, with frequent costume changes (some of them very showy), showcasing dancing from different regions of the country.  In between acts singers took the stage, one of which sounded a lot like the opera singer in the Fifth Element!

Popcorn!

Popcorn!

We finished off the night with popcorn, which is usually served in Ethiopia alongside coffee (although we skipped the latter).  

Check out that string instrument!

Check out that string instrument!

We had a lovely night, but if I were to go back to Addis I would try one of the city’s other cultural restaurants before going back to 2000 Habesha. 

Location: Tele Medhanialem road across the street from Atlas Hotel
Hours: 11am – Midnight

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