Betty’s Ethiopian Restaurant & Cafe, 819 Ballarat Road, Deer Park. Phone: 9363 0857
Consider The Sauce is not used to seeing fish on the menu’s of Ethiopian eateries.
And certainly, spying salmon kitfo ($17) on the menu at betty’s in Deer Park is a first.
It’s a beguiling dish.
The flavour of the chopped salmon is subtle but very present.
The fish dances atop of bed of near-creamed spinach and a base of ricotta and yogurt.
And there’s quite a high level heat provided by, according to the menu (see below), green chilli.
It’s beaut and, naturally, one of the more unusual dishes on the Betty menu.
On a visit earlier than my mid-week fishy lunch, Bennie and I tried the beyaynetu vegetarian combo ($15 per person).
It’s very good.
It has lentils three ways, the familiar mix of spud and beetroot, and cabbage/carrotconcoctions that display a bit more crunch and texture than is often the cooked-down case in the other Ethiopian places.
The beyaynetu is accompanied by a typically high-quality simple salad full of zing and crunch.
Betty’s is unusual in that it one of the very few Melbourne Ethiopian restaurants that makes its own injera – in this case with a mix of barley flour and Australian-grown teff.
Before opening their new cafe/eatery, Betty Diemsse and her husband, Beruk, ran a grocery store at the same premises alongside a small business importing Ethiopian spices and the like.
The Derrimut couple tell me that since opening recently they’ve welcomed into their restaurant all sorts of locals – Sudanese, Somalian, Eritrean; Aussies of many kinds, in truth.
Betty’s joins good Turkish and Vietnamese places, and the popular Chef Lagenda, on the the Deer Park commercial/eats strip.
With the looming arrival of Latin Food & Wines, which is moving from its long-time base at Berkshire Road in Sunshine, it could be said things are looking up food-wise in Deer Park.
Latin Food & Wines will be taking over the big premises that formerly housed Blue Cow Deli.
Their sensational sandwiches and empanadas will be joined by a range of more substantial South American dishes, an expanded line of groceries and a bottle shop.
Great news to also hear about Latin Food & Wines also moving close by, will have to try both of these places in the near future 🙂
Hi Kenny, does the move of Latin Food & Wines spell the end of La Morenita in Berkshire Rd or will that still operate at the original location?
Juz, I will be running stories as the move approaches and even, hopefully, be able invite fans/friends to a soft opening or some such. But to answer your question, the Berkshire Rd location will stay as a production site but the in-house food there will be wound down over time.
Oh I’m sad to hear that. Deer Park are in for a treat though!
nice to see they make their own injera, kenny injera is common traditional food for horn african countries,but luckily the ethiopian version can be bought while some other versions like the somali anjera is not available in australia,and that is why 90% of somali traditional food can not be found in somali restaurant!!.. it takes long to make in restaurant amount!!..i think dinknesh lucy also makes its injera,there is old somali saying,”somali home is not so somali home if there is no somali anjero” yet if u go to somali restaurant mu hardly see what most somalis eat at home hahaha.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veSvm0mk96E
Hi Maden, thanks for sharing the YouTube video about making anjero. I like the “anjero music” that the cook does when they mix the batter 🙂
u welcome juz,.it is nice somali food blog link that youtube
u welcome juz, http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/18/africa/ethiopian-superfood-teff/