Global cafe and bar – Flavours of Ethiopia

I just had this for lunch before I caught my 3.5hr bus ride to Sydney, so I thought: before I start snoring and drooling on a strangers arm, I am going to blog about it.

I had come to Global cafe and bar a year or two ago and I’m quite impressed it is still here since they have little advertisement and are in a hard to park location but their competitive lunch specials and unique Ethiopian food must have helped them keep their doors open.

Lunch special~
Three curries with rice or injera (sour pancake) $8.00. Choose between the six choices of curries- beef, chicken, stir fried vegetables, lentils, split peas and pumpkin. I could not make up my mind between three of them so the very nice lady let me try four (that is also what she let me do last time, I’m an indecisive person) and I went half rice half injera, I was trying to taste most of the menu. I really wanted a samosa but none were available. I don’t know if lunch is just the special and dinner is al a carte.
I chose pumpkin, beef, chicken and lentils, despite having similar colours, the sauces and textures were rather different. The beef was the ‘hottest’ curry, it won’t make your eyes water (unless you never eat hot food) but there is enough kick to let you know it’s there. I found the chilli flavour balanced out the injera. The other three might have been more similar with a rich onion based sauce but definitely different textures. A rather quite filling and satisfactory lunch.




I added a water to this meal and the whole thing only cost $10! Bargain!
A quick and easy meal if you work in the area or plan to catch a Murrays bus.

I dedicate this post to the small screaming distressed child at the back of the bus who jolted me back to reality after almost falling asleep while writing this post.

Global cafe and bar


I have some work friends who are also keen foodies and we wanted to go out for lunch. We decided against Asian as we had it the last few times and we wanted to try something different, but when you take out Asian it really cuts down on your options.

Ethiopian- we’ve all eaten it and probably have eaten at the same two restaurants: Fekerte’s and Ethiopian Down under. So when I mentioned that I had seen a new (well new to me) Ethiopian restaurant near the Jolimont centre, we quickly google street mapped to stalked down Global cafe and bar.

From the website:

Most traditional Ethiopian curries are mild, so they can be enjoyed by people who like the flavours of exotic spices without the heat. However, extra chilli paste is available on request to those who prefer hot curries.”

We didn’t realise they had a lunch special, it was just a happy coincidence!

A selection of meat curries, lentils and vegetables. You get a choice of rice or Injera an Ethiopian bread. We decided to get rice for the table and everyone gets their own bread.


Alicha Watsplit yellow peas with garlic, ginger and tumeric.

Vegie tosspan fried cabbage, carrot and green beans.

Duba Wat spiced pumpkin stewed with tomato and burbere sauce.

Kik Watred lentils slowly simmered in a spicy sauce.


Doro Watchicken slowly simmered with tomato, paprika and hard boiled egg.

Key Watbeef hotpot slowly simmered with tomato, paprika and traditional flavours.

Like every other meal, I found it very hard to choose which 3 curries I wanted so the lady who was serving us kindly let us try four.

All the different combinations the table had:

Pumpkin, yellow lentils, beef and chicken curry.

Red lentils, vegie toss, chicken and beef curry.

Chicken, beef, pumpkin and red lentils.

Red and yellow lentils with a chicken and beef curry.

A chilli paste that I was not daring enough to try.

Some Iced tea to wash it all down.

Service was very casual and friendly and with everything already cooked you can have a cheap fast lunch here with little effort. The curries were somewhat flavoursome and it was great to see such a variety in flavours but not working in the city and having to find a car park,  I don’t think it was that fantastic that I would come out of my way to eat here again, even if it is $8.00 for the lunch special.

Venue: Global cafe and bar

Address: 63 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City

Phone: (02) 6247 4104

Opening hours:

Lunch Monday to Friday: 11am – 3pm

Dinner Monday to Friday: 5pm – 8pm

Delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options also available

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