Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant

★★★★★
  • 2600 Poplar Ave Ste 115

    Memphis, TN 38112

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  • 901-321-0082

About Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant

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Mon. - Sat. 11am - 10pm;Sun. CLOSED

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i don't know where to start about this restaurant. first of all the somalian (the cook) employee told us that these people do alot of illegal stuff in the restaurant like paying the lady who do the inspection money beause they don't clean

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★★★★★

i don't know where to start about this restaurant. first of all the somalian (the cook) employee told us that these people do alot of illegal stuff in the restaurant like paying the lady who do the inspection money beause they don't clean

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This is not fancy dining. Its a hole in the way, in the bottom of an old office building, and if you weren't looking for it you wouldn't even notice it. The decor is not new or fancy, but it has a very ethnic feel. The food is very good, but its not for everybody. The flavors are different from what most people are used to, but that in itself is not a knock on the cuisine, which is always excellently prepared and is also extremely affordable. When you go its best to realize that the meal is not served with utensils. Also, the smell inside is very pungent, so don't bring any sort of jacket or anything like that in which doesn't need to pick up the smell or that can't be washed easily. For this reason this is probably not the best place to go if you have a big evening planned after wards, as you will retain the smell of the restaurant where ever you go.

2
★★★★☆

This is not fancy dining. Its a hole in the way, in the bottom of an old office building, and if you weren't looking for it you wouldn't even notice it. The decor is not new or fancy, but it has a very ethnic feel. The food is very good, but its not for everybody. The flavors are different from what most people are used to, but that in itself is not a knock on the cuisine, which is always excellently prepared and is also extremely affordable. When you go its best to realize that the meal is not served with utensils. Also, the smell inside is very pungent, so don't bring any sort of jacket or anything like that in which doesn't need to pick up the smell or that can't be washed easily. For this reason this is probably not the best place to go if you have a big evening planned after wards, as you will retain the smell of the restaurant where ever you go.

Pros: Great Value, Great Food, Great experience of ethnic cuisine

Cons: Smell is pungent and will follow you around, the building its in is less than desireable in apperance.

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Spicy lentils, yellow split peas, caramelized carrots and green beans, cabbage...ugh, everything is so delicious and it's on top of a spongy bread called Injera. Instead of a fork, you use the injera to pick the food up and eat it. Now, I'm not one to rave about the above ingredients, but used in traditional ethiopian dishes...Wow! Not only does it taste great, but it's also filling and inexpensive. The people there are warm and friendly. My four year old son refused to try the food, but we finally got him to give the yellow split peas a shot and he loved them. I mentioned it to the owner (who also waits and cooks) and she went back and got him his own little bowl of it. He ate every last bite (a major accomplishment for him). I'm not a vegetarian, however my husband is. So we always share the vegetarian combination plate and this is one place where I don't miss the meat at all, even though they have plenty of meat options available. It's always busy when I visit...so I seriously hope it isn't under threat of going under as previous reviewers have suggested. I don't know where I would go to get my fix!

2
★★★★★

Spicy lentils, yellow split peas, caramelized carrots and green beans, cabbage...ugh, everything is so delicious and it's on top of a spongy bread called Injera. Instead of a fork, you use the injera to pick the food up and eat it. Now, I'm not one to rave about the above ingredients, but used in traditional ethiopian dishes...Wow! Not only does it taste great, but it's also filling and inexpensive. The people there are warm and friendly. My four year old son refused to try the food, but we finally got him to give the yellow split peas a shot and he loved them. I mentioned it to the owner (who also waits and cooks) and she went back and got him his own little bowl of it. He ate every last bite (a major accomplishment for him). I'm not a vegetarian, however my husband is. So we always share the vegetarian combination plate and this is one place where I don't miss the meat at all, even though they have plenty of meat options available. It's always busy when I visit...so I seriously hope it isn't under threat of going under as previous reviewers have suggested. I don't know where I would go to get my fix!

Pros: Friendly staff, fantastic food, great vegetarian selection

Cons: Parking (though I read somewhere that there is parking in the back).

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This place, like most Ethiopian restaurants, is very modest and not too busy at dinner, although the lunch buffet is popular, so I hear.
I ate here twice at dinner, and the food is delicious. The quantity is very generous, and as always, the manner in which Ethiopians prepare vegetables, lentil, and of course injera is good.
Here is the surprise..this place had absolutely the best, freshest Salmon that I ever had in any Restaurant! Caution, it is in a spicy sauce, but man is it excellent!

2
★★★★☆

This place, like most Ethiopian restaurants, is very modest and not too busy at dinner, although the lunch buffet is popular, so I hear.
I ate here twice at dinner, and the food is delicious. The quantity is very generous, and as always, the manner in which Ethiopians prepare vegetables, lentil, and of course injera is good.
Here is the surprise..this place had absolutely the best, freshest Salmon that I ever had in any Restaurant! Caution, it is in a spicy sauce, but man is it excellent!

Pros: great food, friendly service

Cons: small, easy to pass by

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This little restaurant is tucked away in an over-sized business tower on Poplar, so you'd never know it was there.

But the folks inside are always pleasant and serve some of the best Ethiopian I've ever tried.

The interior is small and clean, and the walls are decorated with African objects.

But the food is fresh, perfectly seasoned and the right price.

Try something new and eat with your hands at Abyssinia.

4
★★★★☆

This little restaurant is tucked away in an over-sized business tower on Poplar, so you'd never know it was there.

But the folks inside are always pleasant and serve some of the best Ethiopian I've ever tried.

The interior is small and clean, and the walls are decorated with African objects.

But the food is fresh, perfectly seasoned and the right price.

Try something new and eat with your hands at Abyssinia.

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Get over the humble exterior, Abyssinia has amazing food with the friendliest service possible. It is family owned. It's a great place to try something new in a comfortable setting. Try ANY of the entrees - they're all amazing. Add a glass of guava juice for a great contrasting taste. They're on memphis menus. com if you need a preview.

4
★★★★☆

Get over the humble exterior, Abyssinia has amazing food with the friendliest service possible. It is family owned. It's a great place to try something new in a comfortable setting. Try ANY of the entrees - they're all amazing. Add a glass of guava juice for a great contrasting taste. They're on memphis menus. com if you need a preview.

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This wonderful, family owned and run restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Mon-Saturday. Yilma and Sabla (forgive the spelling) greet you warmly if its your first or fiftieth visit. While the buffet is great if you want to sample. Please talk with Sabla and tell her what you generally like, spicy, mild, light, heavy etc. and she will give you a great recommendation. I HIGHLY recommend going and giving yourself time to look at the many artifacts on the walls and around the restaurant. Order a "traditional" meal and practice taking small piece of Ethiopian bread (a sourdough pancake really, made with the world's smallest grain, teff) and pick up your food and pop it in your mouth, but don't touch your fingers to your mouth, that's bad manners! They will usually give you silverware unless they know you :) They used to have wine, but seem to have stopped that recently. Go, enjoy and tell them I sent you! Their menu is online at http://www.memphismenusonline.com/abyssinia.html and they always post 2 or 3 coupons a month. That makes an already inexpensive meal, extra reasonable. Caution: each entree EASILY serves 2! But we like leftovers for breakfast, yum!

PROS: outstanding food, inexpensive, excellent service, cultural info
CONS:

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★★★★★

This wonderful, family owned and run restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Mon-Saturday. Yilma and Sabla (forgive the spelling) greet you warmly if its your first or fiftieth visit. While the buffet is great if you want to sample. Please talk with Sabla and tell her what you generally like, spicy, mild, light, heavy etc. and she will give you a great recommendation. I HIGHLY recommend going and giving yourself time to look at the many artifacts on the walls and around the restaurant. Order a "traditional" meal and practice taking small piece of Ethiopian bread (a sourdough pancake really, made with the world's smallest grain, teff) and pick up your food and pop it in your mouth, but don't touch your fingers to your mouth, that's bad manners! They will usually give you silverware unless they know you :) They used to have wine, but seem to have stopped that recently. Go, enjoy and tell them I sent you! Their menu is online at http://www.memphismenusonline.com/abyssinia.html and they always post 2 or 3 coupons a month. That makes an already inexpensive meal, extra reasonable. Caution: each entree EASILY serves 2! But we like leftovers for breakfast, yum!

PROS: outstanding food, inexpensive, excellent service, cultural info
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It's a tiny restaurant in a non-descript building but don't let that fool you. The food is excellent and the hospitality unbeatable. Owned by a couple from Ethiopia, you're treated like family. The spices used are perfect and the food is served in the traditional style with no utensils. Do it. You won't regret it.

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★★★★☆

It's a tiny restaurant in a non-descript building but don't let that fool you. The food is excellent and the hospitality unbeatable. Owned by a couple from Ethiopia, you're treated like family. The spices used are perfect and the food is served in the traditional style with no utensils. Do it. You won't regret it.

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Great place to eat. Order the veggie lentils plate. Excellent service and great food. Atmosphere is so-so, but price is very reasonable for the quanitity and quality of food. Please eat here and keep unique ethnic places like this open in Memphis (go out for BBQ another time).

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★★★★★

Great place to eat. Order the veggie lentils plate. Excellent service and great food. Atmosphere is so-so, but price is very reasonable for the quanitity and quality of food. Please eat here and keep unique ethnic places like this open in Memphis (go out for BBQ another time).

Pros: Inexpensive, great food

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This is another in a long line of hidden gems in Memphis. Memphis has slowly become quite a good place to enjoy international cuisine. I had never had ethiopian food until I was told I had to eat here. This is some of the tastiest food this side of the Mississippi. Everything is eaten on a huge plate using Ethiopian bread as your utensils. Dont be afraid, the host/owner will take good care of you. This is the type of place that Memphians love, but dont patronize enough to keep it open. Please dont let that happen!

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★★★★★

This is another in a long line of hidden gems in Memphis. Memphis has slowly become quite a good place to enjoy international cuisine. I had never had ethiopian food until I was told I had to eat here. This is some of the tastiest food this side of the Mississippi. Everything is eaten on a huge plate using Ethiopian bread as your utensils. Dont be afraid, the host/owner will take good care of you. This is the type of place that Memphians love, but dont patronize enough to keep it open. Please dont let that happen!

Pros: FOOD, OWNER

Cons: Parking

 

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