Why Katy's Barking Gecko ?!

I love to travel, I love to cook and to try new recipes...

After returning from yet another trip to South Africa I browsed one of my Food Magazin subscriptions and

we started to envision how it might be to have a small, a very small restaurant. Somewhere in Australia or

South Africa.
Maybe 4 or 5 tables.
To be in the kitchen wearing t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops cooking for fun and nice people....

Doesn't that sound great ?!
We even came up with a name: Katy's Barking Gecko

Well there is no restaurant (so far....), but heaps of favourite recipes.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Injera East African Lounge & Restaurant

I am always looking for new Restaurants here in Cologne, a friend of mine told me about an Ethiopian Restaurant and that a couple of colleagues already recommended it to her.
A word and a blow! We reserved a table for three and wanted see it for ourselves…..

The "new" place was called Injera.
Named after the Injera, a yeast- risen- flatbread with a unique, slightly spongy texture.
A national dish in Ethiopia and Eritrea and used instead of cutlery.

So we arrived at the restaurant and were greeted with a big smile.
Soon after we have been seated the menus arrived and you could see in our faces that we had many questions.
Our Ethiopian waiter was more than happy to help us, telling us about spices and the Injera and recommended that he could do a platter for three containing different dishes from the menu.
We ordered a bottle of South African Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch and waited for our dinner.

Then we saw what we ordered, the "host" (rather than waiter) arrived back with a huge plate.
On that plate several Injeras were spread, on those Injeras was a small pile of lettuce, carrots and tomatoes in the middle.
Around that were small piles of different dishes, spicy lentils, spicy chickpeas, a stew made of cabbage, carrots and potatoes, a stew made of beef, a stew made of onions, another small plate with chicken and egg and a second small plate with fried beef in a cayenne pepper paste.
Now our "host" told us how to use the Injera as cutlery, he told us about the ingredients, about the spices and that the spices were all imported directly from Ethiopia.
We started to tuck in!
It was delicious……
So many unknown flavours. All of the dishes were spicy, but not too hot.
We even ordered a second helping of the fried beef in cayenne pepper paste.
Which came with another helping of Injeras.

After we had finished we were full and very happy.
A nice evening with good company, great food and pleasant service, in a lovely atmosphere.

Injera – Afrikanische Lounge & Restaurant
Lindenstrasse 86
50674 Köln (Belgisches Viertel)
Telefon: 0221 – 9984942
Email: mail@injera.info
Homepage: www.injera.info
Opening hours:
Monday -Thursday:  6pm- Midnight
Friday/ Saturday:     6pm- 1am
Sunday:                    3pm- Midnight

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