GeBeta Cafe and Restaurant, 1/578 Barkly Street, West Footscray. Phone: 0432 523 921
The word GeBeta, Tamrat Achamyeleh tells us, is about Ethiopian food.
Not just the platters on which the stews and pan-fried goodies are served, nor the injera with which they are accompanied or the gathered hungry folks.
Nay, it is all of the above – a sort of “let’s all eat together” statement of purpose.
We’re totally down with that, especially when it comes to trying a brand new Ethiopian eatery in West Footscray.
That’s right – West Foostcray, rather than the more typically Ethio/African precincts of the singularly named Footscray near the other end of Barkly Street.
After sampling the GeBeta food, we reckon the locals around here will love supporting this colourful addition to their eating palette, one that is otherwise tilted towards Indian food – though not quite as much as is sometimes claimed.
GeBeta is being run by Tamrat Achamyeleh and Tiruzer Ahunem, whose food we enjoyed on many occasions at Ras Dashen on Nicholson Street.
We admire their smarts in moving up the road where there is much less competition of the Ethiopian variety.
The menu – see it at the place’s website here – features a line-up of reliable Ethiopian regulars.
We are in a meaty mood so share a lovely spread of doro w’et – “the national dish of Ethiopia” – and kh’ey tibs at $15 each.
The doro w’et is rich, oily and all delicious, its single chicken drumstick and hard-boiled egg quite sufficient in terms of heft.
The kh’ey tibs is light on the menu-nominated “berbere infused curry”, but is still very good, the just-cooked onions adding welcome crunch and texture.
All is abetted by a nice salad studded with green chilli slices.
GeBeta serves injera made with teff at the weekends, but the regular hybrid version at other times.
Tamrat tells us they hope in the future to have on the menu the beef bone soup we loved at their Footscray establishment.
At the moment, the restaurant is a cash-only proposition.