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The Arada Gebeya, one of the great spice markets of Africa, is located in central Addis Ababa. And now its namesake restaurant, Arada Ethiopian Restaurant, has brought the true flavor of Ethiopian cuisine to the center of Santa Fe Drive. The menu is simple but authentic, offering a dozen-odd entrees all carefully prepared and beautifully spiced, and served with - and sometimes on - injera, a slightly sour, squishy, soft, white flat bread made from fermented teff that acts as side dish, silverware and plate all at the same time.
We went to this place about a year ago and had the absolute worst service and food ever. The Ethiopian restaurants on Colfax are much friendlier, better priced, and much better quality than our parties experience at the Arada.
The Arada Gebeya, one of the great spice markets of Africa, is located in central Addis Ababa. And now its namesake restaurant, Arada, has brought the true flavors of Ethiopian cuisine to the center of Denver, introducing a flock of customers to its deliciously authentic fare. Although this city has a surprisingly large number of Ethiopian restaurants, Arada is the best of the bunch. In its relatively new digs on Santa Fe, the dining room is small but lovely. But once the food arrives, all... More »
Last year, Arada moved out of its home on East Colfax and into a small, comfortable space on Santa Fe surrounded by taquerías and art galleries, in just the right area for catching hungry adventurers looking for an interesting dinner on a Saturday night. It's a nice place with scratchy tablecloths and no silverware, strong, sweet black coffee served in tiny demitasse cups, a full bar and a modern kitchen, and decor dominated by a large map of Ethiopia. But the important thing here is the menu, ... More »
When I reviewed Arada last summer ("Stranger in a Strange Land," June 29, 2006), Ethiopian food was still new to me. Somehow, I'd managed to miss this incredible, uncorrupted African mother cuisine for years — even here in Denver, where African... More »
By Thursday, the calls and e-mails had already begun -- the complaints, the disputes, the polite thank-yous from winners and strange, ominous silences from those shut out of the Best of Denver 2007. In the interest of democracy and spirited... More »
It had taken me almost four years to get here, to this small, comfortable storefront surrounded by taquerías and art galleries, in just the right area for catching hungry adventurers looking for an interesting dinner on a Saturday night. Arada... More »
Q:About a year ago, Westword raved about an Ethiopian restaurant. Is it still worthy? A:Denver has a surprising number of Ethiopian eateries, and Arada Ethiopian Restaurant (3504 East Colfax Avenue, 303-329-3344) remains one of my favorites.... More »
Wot's happening: Arada Restaurant (see review above) isn't the only Ethiopian eatery in this town that's generous with the berbere. There's also the Ethiopian Restaurant (2816 East Colfax Avenue), which has good food--it takes special pains with... More »
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