You’ll find a few African restaurants scattered across the suburbs, but Jambo Jambo is Sydney’s only Ethiopian one. Jambo Jambo (“hello hello” in Swahili) has been open for a year now, tucked away in the complex that time forgot, Crows Nest Plaza.
Inside the Jambo Jambo dining room
The primary yellow, red and green walls offer a burst of Ethiopian patriotism, and it’s hard not to get into the spirit of things with the colonial-style high backed chairs, litany of tourism posters and tribal artefacts on the wall.
Goden tibs grilled beef ribs $24
[Clockwise from bottom left] Misr wot split lentils $19; kitffo beef cooked in spiced butter $24.50; doro wot chicken $24.50; key wot lamb stew $24; gomen collard greens and alicha curried vegetable stew provided as complimentary extras
Kitffo raw lean beef with spiced butter $24.50
Our favourite dish of the night is the kitffo - lean beef that’s chopped finely and cooked in spiced butter. Ignore the rare or medium options and eat it how Ethiopians traditionally do it – raw. It’s the African version of steak tartare or Korean yukke, the raw beef macerated in a spiced clarified butter (Bekele makes his own). Do it. It’s amazing.
Roasting Ethiopian coffee beans
Jebena clay coffee pot
Prices can seem a little steep at first sight, with each main the size of a single ladle, but the injera is unlimited, presented as little scrolls in wicker baskets. There’s no need for cutlery here. You simply unroll a section of injera, tear it off, and use it as a scoop for the curry.
Ethiopian kitffo raw beef with spiced butter, curries and injera
Ethiopian curries on injera bread
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Shop 16, Crows Nest Plaza
103-111 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9439 3277
Dinner Tuesday to Sunday 6pm-1pm
Lunch hours vary, phone ahead to check
BYO only. Corkage $2.50 per person
This article appeared in the September 2013 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This! [Read online]
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