Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Restaurant takes diners on a journey through India


If you go to Indian Safari Exclusive canteen and ask for a menu, you would be told there is none. Instead, you are told to seat back, relax and take a culinary journey into India. This surly seems like an absurd treatment considering the place is a foreign eatery. The new restaurant called Indian Safari Exclusive Restaurant just became a pioneer in introducing this new concept.

Located on the first floor of Yoly Building near Atlas Hotel, the restaurant works with the motto that customers are like gods and as such they will be treated. The restaurant opened on Sunday, March 20 in the presence of the diplomatic and Indian community.
Greeted with flowers at the entrance, invited guests were escorted to their tables and wait to experience exotic tastes. Dishes started being served, delicious food after delicious food. Guests also enjoyed unlimited glasses of wine.

What made the opening day special is the presence of India’s top celebrity chef Meraj-Ul-Haque. His extensive experience includes handling catering operation for The Golden Jubilee anniversary of Lok Sabha [the House of the People of the Indian Parliament] members headed by the Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at the State Function.

He also handled the function of other various dignitaries of the Indian Member of State Parliament. Furthermore, he was part of the delegation that went to Malaysia accompanied by the former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in 2003.

Chef Miraj ul Haque

Meraj-Ul-Haque’s career has taken him to different countries for work such as the US, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Cape Town.

I have enjoyed cooking in Addis and seeing people eat the food.

“I have enjoyed cooking in Addis and seeing people eat the food. I get a lot of compliments from them, it is fulfilling,” he said during the opening day. Although the master chef will not be at the restaurant to run it, the other chefs that work in the kitchen have been trained by him. This, it is said, will guarantee that the taste of the food will remain the same and authentic.

The Indian Safari Exclusive restaurant, besides serving the best Indian food in Ethiopia as it owners claimed, hopes to evoke curiosity about India, aims to tell a story of one of the most colorful cultures in the world. If you are tired of going through menus and trying to figure out what to eat and if you are particularly up for an exotic adventure, this restaurant may give you an option. If you decide to give it a try, do not forget your wallet; a dish can cost over 300 birr.