From Greek Mythology to Ethiopian Restaurant

Restaurants could generally be either cheap but unsatisfactory or satisfactory but expensive. Eros, on the other hand, offers the best of both worlds. It provides patrons and newbies alike with a heightened dining experience that does not weigh customer’s pockets too much. With an interior design that cost almost 13 million Br and cuisines few could find unoriginal, it is the latest classiest addition to Addis Abeba’s eaterie.

Sara Lilay, 32, is a business owner who finds herself on the third floor of Rakan Business Centre where Eros Addis is located, along Cape Verde Street, next to the EU Delegation Office, two or three nights a week.

With a lighting system dominated by subdued red and blue, except for a brightly illuminated kitchen that never distorts the overall colour composition, the restaurant offers dozens of seats up for grabs every day. With a front desk reception, a transparent kitchen, a massive front door and sitting areas which in their design offer a touch of personal space, the restaurant’s interior is unique.

For Sara, who admires the interior design and the service of the restaurant, the meals are a tad better. She likes the smoked salmon salad and the steaks they serve.

She also likes the main dish of the house.

“The chicken-shiro-pasta is the best,” she testifies.

For Efrem Ogbaye, 35, owner and head chef of the Restaurant, it is his signature dish, a result of an endless experiment in food fusion. Efrem can be found scampering around. He does not just fix the meal but has to make the circuitous journey through his cosy restaurant to get the opinion of customers and to socialise.

“It’s intended to bring people from all walks of life together,” says Bizen Tekley, the restaurant’s Sudanese born, but American raised, general manager. “The restaurant is meant to create the ambience for romance.”

Indeed, the full name of the restaurant translates to ‘Love Addis’, according to Efrem and Bizen. The name Eros is Greek, and in ancient Greek mythology, it was the name given to the god of love.

Read more at: Addis Fortune