Restaurant Review - A Taste of Ethiopia: Unique Vegetarian Dining in El Cerrito

Updated: Apr 5, 2019

Vegetarian Combination Plate
Vegetarian Combination Plate

By Vickie Lewis

West Contra Costa County is indeed rich with diversity, and as a result, there is no shortage of wonderful authentic restaurants for hungry patrons to choose from when deciding to dine out.

There are numerous Mexican and Latin American venues, as well as many Asian options—including Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Korean. There are also quite a few Mediterranean, Indian, and Pakistani restaurants in the area. But one restaurant stands out as unique among others in this area—A Taste of Ethiopia. This traditional Ethiopian restaurant located in El Cerrito serves authentic dishes and drinks and proudly introduces customers to Ethiopian hospitality. A Taste of Ethiopia restaurant is also unique in that it currently offers an all vegetarian and gluten free menu!

Ethiopia is a country in northeastern Africa which is often referred to as the Horn of Africa. It is a country rich in tribal culture and cuisines. A Taste of Ethiopia restaurant recently celebrated its fourth anniversary on February 15th. Owner Tsege Tamene, a native of Ethiopia who has been a resident of California for twenty-seven years, opened the restaurant in 2015 while she was working as a Pharmacy Technician for Kaiser in Oakland. Prior to opening the restaurant, Tsege did catering for friends and family for many years. Everyone loved her cooking and food so much that they encouraged her to open a restaurant to share her talents and flair for Ethiopian cooking. Although she’d never owned and operated a restaurant before, her passion for cooking led her to pursue their suggestion. Now, four years later, the restaurant is continuing to attract quite a following of regular customers, as well as many new customers seeking a new dining experience. Tsege spent 15 years working as a Pharmacy technician, but is now totally dedicated to the restaurant and serving her customers.