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Abissinia: Ethiopian Restaurant in Barcelona

Written by Brian S

In Barcelona, just across the Mediterranean from Africa, a collection of cultures combine to create a colorful and varied gastronomic culture. There are so many types of restaurants in the city, including those featuring delicious Ethiopian cuisine. Just because you’re not in Addis Ababa doesn’t mean you can’t try some authentic Ethiopian food right here in Barcelona. In fact, you can find some of the very best in the city at Abissinia Restaurant.

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About Abissinia

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One of Barcelona’s only Ethiopian restaurants, Abissinia Restaurant is perfectly placed in Gracia and worth stopping by for the food lovers wanting to try something a bit different. At Abissinia, there are no formal tables, standard linens, or silver utensils, but rather traditional Ethiopian ottoman-style stools with food served on top of hourglass-shaped straw tables and picked up by hand.

Both their meat and vegetarian dishes carry a flavorful kick with each bite. Their recipes date back 2000 years and use exotic spices and traditional Ethiopian bread. Diners tear off the bread and dip it into the flavors to soak in the meat and veggies before eating. It might get a bit messy, but it’s well worth it for the taste. The restaurant is open from 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM  on Mondays and Wednesdays to Saturdays.

The Food

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At Abissinia, you can try a variety of  Ethiopia’s delicious meals such as wat, a curry with chicken, lamb, or beef alongside vegetables and Injera bread. Shahan ful is fava beans mixed with chopped onions, peppers, and tomatoes, olive oil, feta cheese, and yogurt. Shiro, ga’at, and fir-fir are other common Ethiopian dishes to consider when choosing what you’ll have. The staff is friendly and the decor will take you out of Spain momentarily. The restaurant is even perfect for vegetarians. The prices may be a bit on the higher side, but they offer a ton of bang for your buck regardless.

Address: Torrent de les Flors, 56, 08024

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Want to try out something new? Come to Gracia and taste one of Africa’s finest cuisines at Abissinia. It is unlike any other restaurant in the city for those who have never tried authentic Ethiopian food.

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About the author

Brian S

Brian Susbielles is a freelance writer who loves global politics, foreign movies, and Led Zeppelin

1 Comment

  • You have got to be kidding me. Abysinnia is one of the worst Ethiopian restaurants I’v e been to. Overpriced, tiny portions and the rudest customer service I have encountered in Barcelona!

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