Opened in 2006 by Eritrean immigrants Rahel Ogbaghiorghi and Vittorio Silvestro, The Aybssinian brings traditional flavours from the Horn of Africa to Kensington. Best enjoyed with friends, everything on the menu is served in mounds on traditional injera flat bread prompting you to flex your fingers for a hands-on sharing experience as you’ll find no utensils here. Children will love the saucy, drip-down-your-neck meals including chicken casseroles and chickpea curries and there are plenty of vegetarian options too. We recommend the Chef’s Poultry, Lamb, Fish & Veggie Combination which will satisfy everyone on your table. Service is quick; the food is authentic and the miss-matched furniture, straw ceilings, and African art will have you feeling like you’ve stumbled into an Ethiopian village.
Moving against the grain of traditional gold and red, fire-breathing-dragon Chinese restaurants is Ruyi which means ‘as you wish’ and stems from a Chinese talisman of good fortune. Owners Sheng Fang and Qian Qian Lou-Fang were inspired by their own spiritual, family heirloom to create a place where you can enjoy ‘beautiful food with friends and family.’ The décor is understated with a muted palette of grey, olive and blonde-wood furniture and fixtures, and has been arranged to ensure maximum Feng Shui. The seasonal menu provides a modern take on provincial dishes and there are gluten-free and vegetarian meals available. Try the Peking Duck Cone or Two Flavoured Whole Snapper.
Ruyi, 16 Liverpool Street, Melbourne, VIC, Australia +61 03 9090 7778