Giovanna is of Ethiopian decent (she’s also Carla’s, our photographer’s mum if you really want to know everything); she now lives in Geneva since quite some time and like many expats, she sometimes misses her home country. So when she feels nostalgic, she takes us to Awash and nowhere else.
The speciality of her native country is made up of a traditional pancake-like bread called “enjera” and a sauce containing onions and various spices “berbere”, called “wot”. The enjera is prepared from flour and served with wot. It is tasted either with chicken or lamb, beef, or with vegetarians dishes, in particular the red lenses and yellow pea mashed potatoes.
The berbere, the Ethiopian paprika, is a combination of various spices, such as green pepper, ginger, cinnamon and garlic. Its characteristic lies in its single, specific preparation to each household, transmitted from one generation to the other.
But let’s admit it, what we prefer is eating with our hands! Every Friday, while you taste this spicy cuisine, you can also enjoy a show of traditional dances.
Little tip: always book your table in the traditional part of the restaurant.
Rue du Valais 9, 1202 Geneva
Mon to Sun 11am-midnight