What is Rakeb telling us? When something is still in its creator’s time, everything is gorgeous! Since the beginning, they have had good relationships with many tour operators. Their customers include tourists, local employees, businesses that set up working lunches, expats, and government officials, many of whom come back often. David Mulchi Panico, who is the Honorary Consul of Ethiopia to the Kingdom of Spain, is one of these customers. He has eaten here many times during his seven-year trips to Ethiopia.
He explains as he tucks into an appetizing-looking starter that, in addition to his interest in art and artists (he helped organize an exhibition in Madrid), the great menu, homemade pasta, and excellent service are the reasons he keeps coming back. A supper at the Makush Gallery would undoubtedly be out of most city residents’ price range; three dishes plus beverages would cost at least 400 Birr. Pastag, a recently opened Italian restaurant in the Haya Hulet neighborhood next to the Addis Hiwot Hospital, would be a more inexpensive choice.
Owner and chef of Pastag, Asasahegen Asefa, is known for his meals’ genuineness. He received his training as a chef in Italy and lived there for 13 years before returning to Ethiopia earlier this year. His restaurant offers a homey atmosphere, and during the lunchtime rush, you’d be lucky to get a table because there’s only room for about 25 people!