Arabella Stewart

Indiana Spur is the first of its kind restaurant in Ethiopia; the first franchise for the country and one of the most sophisticated restaurants I have yet to encounter here in Ethiopia. Perfect for relaxed family dining, it is equally ideal for the professional lunchtime crowd, high school friends gathering or intimate table for two! You might indeed wonder if you have been transported to the USA with its American diner style appearance and comfortable seating in a spacious setting, open plan kitchen and attached kiddies play area. The menu booklet is as colourful as it is plentiful with food to suit everyone and very generous helpings. The chain specialties are steak and ribs but vegetarians or non red meat eaters will still have a variety of options. My companion could not resist the “Warrior Combo” meat platter and went for a plate of ribs (the best ever he commented), steak, beef sausage and a quarter chicken and he was not disappointed. The meat was tender and succulent.  I went for the chicken enchilada platter with accompaniments, which was equally tasty. For desert we enjoyed the house specialty Malva pudding  – a light sponge cake with a creamy caramel sauce and apple pie a la mode, which were both delicious.

Spur Corporation is not from America as you might think but from South Africa; in 1967 founder and executive chairman, Allen Ambor, opened the Golden Spur in Cape Town. Spur went on to earn a global reputation for tasty, nutritious, and value-for-money meals. The internationally recognised brand has over 275 local and 43 international restaurants in countries including Australia, Namibia and Mauritius. And now Ethiopia!

Cucina Trading plc has taken on the franchise for Ethiopia and hopes that the Abyssinia Mall Spur is the first of several restaurants to open up over time all across the city.

Not many restaurants invite you to see their kitchen and bathrooms but GM Mulugeta Demissie and Deputy GM Mekdelawit Kebede were very keen for me to not just taste their food but to see everything behind the scenes. The open plan kitchen has an excellent exhaust system so while you can enjoy seeing food being prepared you do not have to smell it!  I like their approach to staff as well; there is a chance to excel at what you do and be promoted up the ladder thereby offering real incentives for junior staff members to achieve success.  Readers might not be aware that Ethiopia rears more cattle than any other country in Africa and all the meat from Indiana Spur is sourced from a specific breeder in the country ensuring that the whole production process meets quality standards thus ensuring that the meat you eat is the finest quality available.  They have every reason to be proud of this new franchise – well managed on all levels in addition to delicious food and a pleasant dining ambiance and environment.

Open for breakfast lunch and dinner with plentiful selections from 8-10 every day

Location: Abyssinia Mall (behind Bole Medhanialem Church), Mezzanine Floor

+251 913 328 000/098 422 2222