Shewhat Cafe & Restaurant

Price: $$$

Restaurant Details

Shewhat, which opened in August 2018, is an Eritrean and Ethiopian restaurant in Oakland serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Owner Abby Dair and her sister Selam learned to make Eritrean food from their mother, Shewhat, after whom the restaurant is named. The homestyle approach to cooking is key to Shewhat’s success — and what better way to feel at home than with a comforting Eritrean-style breakfast? Be sure to try the ge’at, or barley porridge, served with berbere-scented butter and tangy yogurt. It’s a stiff, dense yet smooth porridge that’s so thick you can cut it with a spoon. For lunch and dinner, the chicken and spinach tibsy is an excellent choice, as is the vegetarian combo. End the meal with a traditional Eritrean coffee service. The coffee is darkly roasted in house and brewed in a clay pot called a jebena. The coffee has a hint of ginger flavor, and is perfectly smooth without any unpleasant bitterness.

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Price: $$$

Hours: Wed.-Mon. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.