Taste wonderful Ethiopian cuisine at Lucy (next to the Ethiopian National Museum)

Posted on March 10, 2015 by in Travel Deals

After indulging in Ethiopian food at Yeshi Buna and Kategna, I wanted to get my Ethiopian food fix in a more upscale setting that still delivered traditional cuisine.

Lucy is a restaurant just next to the National Museum. After negotiating for what seemed liked 20 minutes with the local taxi mafia, I found a 1950s Lada driver to huff and puff me up the steep hill.

Lucy has a beautiful garden that is set away from the noisy and polluted road. It’s a rare option to be able to sit outside.

I immediately asked for permission to peek my lens into the busy kitchen that serves both traditional and more modern dishes.

I opted for the doro wat (chicken curry) and shiro (bean curry) with Ethiopian bread (injera).

While I did not like the chicken meat itself, I liked both curries a lot. They were just the right flavor and spiciness and mixed extremely well with the sour Ethiopian bread.

After lunch, I ordered an Ethiopian macchiato and while you may not expect incredible coffee in a restaurant in the US, here in Ethiopia it is different – my coffee was fantastic; the right mix of espresso and milk.

The price tag was a bit more expensive than elsewhere, but for two orders, bread and coffee it came out to $12.

Since it’s right door to the National Museum of Ethiopia, I went to see the museum afterwards. It’s not exactly exciting but is well kept and only has a couple of exhibitions. It’s more like a run-down mini-exhibition, but it is only 10 Birr (50 cents).

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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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