Those of you who enjoy ethnic foods may have noticed that over
the past decade Portland has developed a long list of Ethiopian
restaurants, rivaled only by the famous Adams Morgan District in
Washington DC! What you might not know is that Ethiopia, much like
the United States, contains many distinct cultures, each with its
own variation of culinary influences and traditions.
The Horn of Africa, located at 3939 NE Martin Luther King Boulevard
and at Portland's Saturday Market, is an Ethiopian restaurant offering
food from the Eastern Region of Ethiopia, close to the geographic
"horn" bordering Somalia. The food is highly influenced
by the spices and tastes of Indian cuisine, adding spicy curries
and complex flavors to the familiar Ethiopian fare.
Khadija Yousuf, the restaurant's talented Chef, combines longstanding
family traditions with fresh ingredients and love to provide healthy,
hearty food for the soul. Mohamed Yousuf, the restaurant Manager,
will be sure to make you feel welcome and comfortable, much like
an old friend welcoming you for a long awaited, much anticipated
visit. Be forewarned, Mohamed will not be satisfied until you have
eaten enough to threaten the seams of your clothing. I have learned
to dine at Horn of Africa only when clad in clothing with elastic
waistbands. The food is delicious and the prices are surprisingly
moderate. I recommend ordering Shafut as an appetizer; youll
need something to hold you while the smells from the kitchen tantalize
your senses. Many of the meat dishes are prepared with Halal meat
(complying with the standards of compassion and cleanliness required
by Islam), and the menu also includes a range of vegetarian options.
Be sure to save enough time to browse in the adjoining store, which
carries a wide variety of international and local foods, spices,
and beauty items. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday,
from 11:30am - 3pm, and Monday through Saturday, 5pm -10pm. Food
can also be ordered for take out by calling 503-331-9844.