Abissínia

By Claire Gledhill

abissinia

@ Aleksandra Dynas

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Wishing to take her guests on a gastronomic journey to her Ethiopian homeland without leaving Barcelona, 12 years ago Rahel opened Abissínia, named after the ancient Ethiopian Empire.

Take the journey as you sit around a low table and eat with your hands, sharing a platter with dishes such as meser kek (lentils with onion & garlic), sega wot (beef stew with tomatoes & onion) and alecha (potato & carrot with onion, turmeric, garlic, ginger & basil). All are made with high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and served on injera, a savory, crêpe-style bread made with teff flour and sourdough starter. Many dishes are flavored with berbere, a blend of 22 spices.

The tasting platter costs €15 per person; €20 including a drink, dessert and coffee or tea. For the adventurous there are specials such as kitfo, minced raw beef marinated in a chili spice mix and clarified butter. End with the award-winning fruit salad of papaya, mango, guava, mint and cinnamon.

Opening hours
Monday
20:00 – 23:30
Tuesday
– closed –
Wednesday
20:00 – 23:30
Thursday
20:00 – 23:30
Friday
20:00 – 23:30
Saturday
13:00 – 16:30, 20:00 – 23:30
Sunday
13:00 – 16:30, 20:00 – 23:30