We know they’re rated really highly on Tripadvisor and in every guidebook, and we are definitely of the opinion that you should try anything once – but you can’t say that you’ve experienced real food or culture after spending a night there.
Yes they’re cool – you get to see singing and dancing and the food is fine. But they’re totally staged, it’s contrived culture.
And yes, the guidebooks tell you that locals are present – and there are Ethiopians there but they aren’t locals. They’re diasporas – that is, Ethiopians who have been outside of Ethiopia for years and are back visiting.
But where does the staff go to eat as soon as the show is over? Well that’s why AddisEats is here – to show you these local places that make authentic food where the locals eat.