A lively FB discussion – inspired by a fellow blogger’s story about a Seddon institution and concerning the pros and cons of various Footscray African eateries – has me very much in the mood for injera and the stuff that goes with it.
But I’m not in Footscray.
I’m in Sunshine.
So I very happily hit Walia Ibex (197 Hampshire Road, 9312 3090).
This is a sister enterprise to the one a few blocks away.
That one is, I’m told, dedicated entirely these days to coffee and billiards.
If you want Ethiopian food, it’s to the Hampshire Road one you should head.
And you should.
While I continue to find it surprising that AFAIK this is the sole African eatery hereabouts, based on my profoundly enjoyable lunch, it’s at least a fine thing to know it’s a good one!
It’s a cosy place with an upstairs dining room.
Upon my arrival, the vapid nonsense of commercial TV is blaring forth.
Soon after, the audio is extinguished – leaving me and the other customers happily with just the familiar sounds of low-key, funky Ethiopian jazz.
The longish Walia Ibex menu has all the usual Ethiopian staples, and while I don’t check too closely, there may even be a few unusual items in there.
The standard vegetarian combo of yetesom beyayneto costs $12.
But I’ve a hankering for something lighter, healthier, cheaper – so foul it is.
I know there’s folks who would consider $10 a bit too much to pay for such a humble dish.
But so good is the Walia Ibex rendition that I consider it a bargain.
The creamy beans are hot and plentiful, anointed with onion, tomato, capsicum, egg, cheese and just enough chilli to make things even more interesting.
I’m provided, by request, injera instead of bread.
It’s a magical lunch.
Sometimes, often, that’s how it goes with the simplest of dishes.