Mon – Sat: 8am – 9pm
Sun: 10am – 9pm
Coffee: Rainforest Certified 100% organic Ethiopian Origin
It was our last stop of our tour of Footscray, compliments of The C Word. We had already munched our way through breakfast at Guerilla Espresso near the Footscray markets, and had an incredible dessert of Melbourne’s best cannoli’s at T. Cavallaro & Sons. Our stomachs were full to the brim!
Jack, our host, couldn’t let us leave the district before we tried one of Melbourne’s more popular Ethiopian restaurants, Konjo. A husband and wife local business, with the husband Abdie heading up the kitchen and his French wife Rozenn taking care of the customers, amongst a myriad of other tasks.
Our sample of Ethiopian breakfast was twofold – first we had Ful, made of broad beans, tomato, onions, spices and gee. Next we had Silts made of scrambled eggs with tomato onions and spice. We really enjoyed silts – maybe because it was more like Western dishes in nature. These dishes were served with some simple baguettes, cut and ready for mixing by hand.
Just when we thought we couldn’t handle any more, we were offered a sample of their Epicure award winning #1 best coffee experience. How could we say no?! One of the ladies at the restaurant roasted the coffee beans out the back and brought it into the main room, overturning several Ethiopian-styled cups. The smell of the roasted coffee beans had our greedy senses switched on and alert – ready for tasting. The scent of caffeine was in the air. Adding hot water into the pot, we watched as coffee was made before our eyes. The aroma was delicious.
The coffee itself was different to what we were used to – it was weaker than Miss SL preferred and not full-bodied like Proud Mary blends. It could be described as an up market Nescafe Gold – a naturally bitter coffee bean without the flavour interruptions of fruit.
Conversely, Mr LB enjoyed the softer coffee notes. It had a similar taste to a filtered coffee, however the typical crispiness was replaced with more of a grainier and darker flavour. It’s no espresso, however the theater in the preparation and the community sense makes for a special experience.
Konjo was a very interesting place indeed. The staff were really lovely and welcoming, with a lot of Ethiopian patrons (indicating to us that the flavours are unique and true to its region!) enjoying the $15 buffet breakfast offered on Fridays and Saturdays from noon until 3pm. We would love to come back and try the breakfast on empty stomachs to see if the Ethiopian experience holds true.
Final thought: “An authentic Ethiopian experience”