Born and raised in Ethiopia, our owner Almaz has lived all over the world. Stints in Kenya, the Ivory Coast, the Caribbean, and Southern California allowed Almaz great exposure to the world, and she has extensive experience with missionary work. Her dream of opening an Ethiopian restaurant was realized when she and her husband moved to Spokane. Today, Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine is a direct result of Almaz pursuing her dream.
Receiving an invitation to an Ethiopian coffee ceremony is a symbol of true friendship and respect. This ceremony is a core component to Ethiopian society, and a tradition we've brought to Spokane. The ceremony is traditionally performed when guests visit a friend's home. The often lengthy process of making and sipping coffee typically involves drinking three cups, as the third is considered a blessing. Completing Abol (the first round), Tona (second round) and Baraka (third round) are said to promote a transformation of the spirit.
Ethiopian dining is a communal experience, perfect for groups. We serve the dishes on a single platter, on top of a large piece of flat bread called injera. Injera is like a crepe with a spongy texture made from a fermented teff batter. Teff is a healthy grain that is high in protein, iron and fiber. We offer beef, lamb and chicken dishes, though Ethiopian cooking offers many vegetarian and vegan options. Eating the dishes involves tearing off a piece of the injera and wrapping it around a piece of the stew-like dish. Good etiquette is using only one hand for eating and avoiding touching your fingers to your mouth. Ethiopian dishes use many exotic spice blends. Berberé, a spice mix made from matured red chili pepper and other exotic spices, can range from mild to hot. Niter kibbeh is clarified butter infused with different spices. Alicha indicates a mild stew. We’t is a spicy stew infused with berberé.
We pride ourselves on excellent service and hospitality. Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine is an extension of our home. As such, you are treated like our guests. Expect warm, hospitable service when you come in to dine with us. One symbol of our hospitality is the Ethiopian coffee ceremony, an important component of our culture. This lengthy ceremony includes slowly sipping three cups of coffee. The third is considered to bestow a blessing. The coffee ceremony is a strong mark of friendship and respect.
If you have never tried authentic Ethiopian food before, you are in for quite a treat. Ethiopian food is richly flavorful and unique. We use fresh vegetables, high-quality meats and signature spice blends in our dishes, and we prepare them in an authentic way.
In addition to our fresh, flavorful dishes, you can also have a truly authentic Ethiopian dining experience at Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine. Enjoy tasty meals from our menu in a communal setting with friends and family. We serve the food on large platters with a typical flat bread called injera. We recommend eating in the traditional way- with your hands. Tear off a piece of Injera and wrap the food in it.