My First Ethiopian Experience in Helsinki – Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant

I have never been to Ethiopia. I have only a little experience when it comes to African cuisine. I had had no idea about Ethiopian food until I went to Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant (in Finnish, "Kuninatar Saba") yesterday. A friend of my from yoga class told me about the restaurant the other day and she also said she hadn't had known about Ethiopian food till she went there ๐Ÿ™‚ A friend who went there with me said it might come with sour bread from her African food experience in London.

ใ‚จใƒใ‚ชใƒ”ใ‚ขๆ–™็†ใƒปใƒปใƒปใจ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚Œใฆใ‚‚ใพใฃใŸใใƒ”ใƒณใจๆฅใชใ„ใ—ใ€ใ‚ขใƒ•ใƒชใ‚ซๆ–™็†ใ‚’้ฃŸในใŸใ“ใจใ‚‚ๆ•ฐๅ›žใ—ใ‹ใชใ„๏ผˆ็ขบใ‹ๆ–ฐๅฎฟใซใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚ขใƒ•ใƒชใ‚ซๆ–™็†ใฎๅบ—ใซไฝ•ๅ›žใ‹่กŒใฃใŸใ—ใ€ใƒขใƒญใƒƒใ‚ณใซ่กŒใฃใŸใจใใฏใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใƒขใƒญใƒƒใ‚ณๆ–™็†ใ‚’ใ„ใŸใ ใ„ใŸ๏ผ‰ใ€‚ใ‚ขใƒ•ใƒชใ‚ซๆ–™็†ใ‚’ๆ•ฐๅ›ž้ฃŸในใŸใ“ใจใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใจใ„ใฃใฆใใฎๆ„Ÿใ˜ใŒใ‚จใƒใ‚ชใƒ”ใ‚ขๆ–™็†ใซใ‚‚ๅ…ฑ้€šใชใฎใ‹ใƒปใƒปใƒปใพใฃใŸใไธๆ˜Žใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ€€ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใฏใƒ˜ใƒซใ‚ทใƒณใ‚ญใซๆ–ฐใ—ใใ‚ชใƒผใƒ—ใƒณใ—ใŸใ‚จใƒใ‚ชใƒ”ใ‚ขๆ–™็†ใฎๅบ—ใ€€Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurantใ€€ใงใ‚จใƒใ‚ชใƒ”ใ‚ขๆ–™็†ใƒ‡ใƒ“ใƒฅใƒผ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ€‚ใƒจใ‚ฌๅ‹ใฎใŠ่–ฆใ‚ใงใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€‚ๆ˜จๆ—ฅไธ€็ท’ใซใŠๅบ—ใซ่กŒใฃใŸๅ‹้”ใจใฏใŠๅบ—ใซ็€ใใพใงใซใ€ใ‚จใƒใ‚ชใƒ”ใ‚ขๆ–™็†ใฏใฉใ‚“ใชใ‚‚ใฎใชใฎใ‹ใจใ„ใ†่ฉฑใง็››ใ‚ŠไธŠใŒใ‚Šใ€ๅฝผๅฅณใŒใƒญใƒณใƒ‰ใƒณใง้ฃŸในใŸใ‚ขใƒ•ใƒชใ‚ซๆ–™็†ใฏใ™ใฃใฑใ„ใƒ‘ใƒณใจไธ€็ท’ใซๅ‡บใฆใใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚จใƒใ‚ชใƒ”ใ‚ขๆ–™็†ใ‚‚ใใ‚“ใชๆ„Ÿใ˜ใชใฎใงใฏใชใ„ใ‹ใจใ„ใ†ไบˆๆƒณใ€‚

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I had already decided what to eat before going there. I wanted to try "Ater Kik Alitsa", Split peas cooked with onion, garlic and herbs and seasoned with turmeric! It's vegetarian and herbs and turmeric sound definitely yummy! (Or I should say my kinda' food!) And my friend chose "Doro Wot", The national dish of Ethiopia. Chicken stew with a boiled egg seasoned with Ethiopian spices and berber. One had to try the national dish to experience authentic Ethiopian food! And I was glad that she chose it as I could also taste it from her plate! Why not?!  ;-) 

ใŠๅบ—ใซ่กŒใๅ‰ใ‹ใ‚‰Webใฎใƒกใƒ‹ใƒฅใƒผใ‚’่ฆ‹ใฆใœใฒ้ฃŸในใฆใฟใŸใ„ใจๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใŸใฎใŒ"Ater Kik Alitsa", ใ‚ฟใƒžใƒใ‚ฎใ€ใซใ‚“ใซใใ€ใƒใƒผใƒ–ใ€ใใ—ใฆใ‚ฟใƒผใƒกใƒชใƒƒใ‚ฏใงๅ‘ณไป˜ใ‘ใ—ใŸๅนฒใ—ใ‚จใƒณใƒ‰ใ‚ฆใ€‚ใƒ™ใ‚ธใ‚ฟใƒชใ‚ขใƒณใ ใ—ใ€ใƒใƒผใƒ–ใจใ‚ฟใƒผใƒกใƒชใƒƒใ‚ฏใจใ„ใ†ใฎใŒใ„ใ‹ใซใ‚‚ใŠใ„ใ—ใใ†ใ€‚็งๅฅฝใฟใงใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใใ—ใฆๅ‹้”ใฏใ‚จใƒใ‚ชใƒ”ใ‚ขใฎไผ็ตฑ็š„ใชๆ–™็†ใจใ„ใ†่ชฌๆ˜ŽใŒใคใ„ใŸ "Doro Wot", ใ‚†ใงๅตใฎๅ…ฅใฃใŸใƒใ‚ญใƒณใ‚ทใƒใƒฅใƒผใ€‚ใ“ใกใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใƒใƒผใƒ–ใŸใฃใทใ‚Šใ€‚2ไบบใงๅ…จ็„ถ้•ใ†ใ‚‚ใฎใ‚’ใ‚ชใƒผใƒ€ใƒผใ—ใŸใ‹ใ‚‰ใ‚‚ใกใ‚ใ‚“ใŠไบ’ใ„ใฎๆ–™็†ใ‚’ๅฐ‘ใ—ใฅใšใŠๅ‘ณ่ฆ‹ ๐Ÿ™‚

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As the friend guesses, our foods were served with slightly sour bread. It was really soft and served in rolls. The national dish was spicy but it came with cottage cheese and boiled egg. Chicken was really well cooked and super tender.  (the picture on the top) 

ๅ‹้”ใฎๆƒณๅƒ้€šใ‚Šใ€ใŠๆ–™็†ใฏใกใ‚‡ใฃใดใ‚Šใ™ใฃใฑใ„ใƒ‘ใƒณใจไธ€็ท’ใซๅ‡บใฆใใŸใ€‚ใƒ‘ใƒณใฏใจใฃใฆใ‚‚ๆŸ”ใ‚‰ใ‹ใใฆใพใ‚‹ใงใƒญใƒผใƒซใ‚ฑใƒผใ‚ญใฟใŸใ„ใช้ฃŸๆ„Ÿใ€ใงใ‚‚็”˜ใใชใใฆใกใ‚‡ใฃใดใ‚Š้…ธใฃใฑใ„ใ€‚ใƒใ‚ญใƒณใ‚ทใƒใƒฅใƒผใฏใ‚นใƒ‘ใ‚คใ‚นใŒ็ตๆง‹ๅŠนใ„ใฆใ„ใฆใกใ‚‡ใฃใจ่พ›ใ‚ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ไธ€็ท’ใซใคใ„ใฆใใŸใ‚ณใƒƒใƒ†ใƒผใ‚ธใƒใƒผใ‚บใจไธ€็ท’ใซ้ฃŸในใ‚‹ใจใ‚ˆใ„ๆ„Ÿใ˜ใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ‚†ใงๅตใ‚‚่พ›ใ•ใฎ็ทฉๅ’Œใซใ€‚๏ผˆไธ€็•ชไธŠใฎๅ†™็œŸ๏ผ‰

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I liked my dish at my first bite. Herbs!!! It tasted great : ) I didn't expect the dish to be that good even though a friend of mine had told me they served good food. Both my veggie dish and friend's Ethiopian national food were really tasty with herbs. 

ใใ—ใฆ็งใŒ้ ผใ‚“ใ ่ฑ†ๆ–™็†ใ€‚ไธ€ๅฃ้ฃŸในใŸใ ใ‘ใง็งใฎใŠๆฐ—ใซๅ…ฅใ‚Šใซใƒฉใƒณใ‚ฏใ‚คใƒณ๏ผˆ็ฌ‘ใ€‚ใƒใƒผใƒ–ใŒๅŠนใ„ใฆใฆใชใ‚“ใจใ‚‚ใ„ใˆใชใ„ใŠใ„ใ—ใ•ใ€‚ใพใ•ใ‹ใ‚จใƒใ‚ชใƒ”ใ‚ขๆ–™็†ใŒใ“ใ‚“ใชใซใŠใ„ใ—ใ„ใชใ‚“ใฆใƒปใƒปใƒปใŠๅบ—ใ‚’ๆ•™ใˆใฆใใ‚ŒใŸใƒจใ‚ฌๅ‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใŠใ„ใ—ใ„ใจใฏ่žใ„ใฆใŸใ‘ใฉใ€ใ“ใ‚“ใชใซใŠใ„ใ—ใ„ใจใฏใญ๏ผ6ๆ™‚ๅ‰ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ™ใงใซใŠๅบ—ใŒใปใผๆบ€ๅ“กใชใฎใ‚‚็ดๅพ—ใ€‚ใŠๅบ—ใฎWebใซใฏไบˆ็ด„ใ‚’ใ—ใŸใปใ†ใŒใ„ใ„ใจๆ›ธใ„ใฆใ‚ใฃใŸใ—ใ€‚ใŠใ„ใ—ใ„ใ ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใใฆๅ€คๆฎตใ‚‚ใŠๆ‰‹ใ”ใ‚ใ€‚ใ“ใฎ่ฑ†ๆ–™็†ใฏ9โ‚ฌ.ใ€€ใ“ใฎๅ€คๆฎตใงใŠใ„ใ—ใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใŒ้ฃŸในใ‚‰ใ‚Œใ‚‹ใฎใฏใƒ˜ใƒซใ‚ทใƒณใ‚ญใงใฏใ‚ใšใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใ€‚ๆฌกๅ›žใฏใ‚‚ใฃใจๅคงๅ‹ขใง่กŒใฃใฆไฝ•็จฎ้กžใ‹ใฎๆ–™็†ใ‚’ใจใฃใฆใ‚ทใ‚งใ‚ขใ—ใŸใ„ใช๏ฝžใจๆ€ใฃใŸใ‚Šใ™ใ‚‹ใ€‚

No wonder the restaurant was already quite full before 6pm and it was recommended to make a reservation in their web page. In addition to yummy food, the dishes are inexpensive. My meal was only 9โ‚ฌ. You know how much you usually have to pay to get tasty food in Helsinki! This is one of a few places you could get inexpensive but yummy food! At this restaurant, I think it would be much nicer to go with a couple of more friends to order several dishes and share them so that we could enjoy the variety!