Echye's Restaurant, Victoria Park

A couple of weeks ago I caught up with some high school friends for dinner at Echye's Restaurant in Victoria Park. It was a chilly night so we were looking forward to some warm food. Echye's is a relatively new restaurant along Albany Highway serving African cuisine, more specifically Eritrean cuisine. I have never tried African food before so I had no idea what to expect but I was really looking forward to checking it out after hearing some good things about it.

The restaurant had a simple clean look to it with, naturally, an African theme to the decor. The atmosphere was relaxing and the noise level was perfect. All the tables could have their little conversation without shouting over other patrons.
Regardless of what you ordered you were provided with unlimited Enjera (Photo above). It's a kind of flatbread that is rather spongy in texture and tastes a bit sour. You basically treat Enjera like a dipping bread. It took a little while to get used to the sourness of the bread but it's quite nice when eaten with the dishes.

I can't remember exactly which dishes we ordered but they were all very tasty. Different dishes had varying levels of spiciness but we had a few eaters who couldn't tolerate hot and spicy food, so we went for the mild dishes.
Mild lamb stew
Alicha, was a mild stew of potatoes, carrots, green beans, zucchini with turmeric,
ginger & herbs.
 Pan fried beef pieces in a hot pot served with some vegies. 
Tumtumo was a lentils dish, slowly cooked and flavourful light sauce with a blend of spices.

Overall, I really enjoyed my dining experience, the service was good, the food was different and quite nice. The prices were pretty decent as well, it came down to around $14 per person for dinner, that is by far one of the cheapest restaurant dinners I've had in a while. If you're game for trying something new and different I would recommend this little restaurant the next time you're in Victoria Park wondering what to eat.


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