When we were in Italy, my kids never ate hamburger. I mean, they never ate hamburger in the fast food chains: my fight against junk food was fierce and resolute. I still remember Marvelous Girl at a birthday party, organized in a famous fast food restaurant, that after tasting some french fries told out loud: “This is not quality food!”.
In Addis I don’t have the problem to fight against the multinational companies of fast food: here they are not yet arrived. So the idea to eat an hamburger could be the occasion to taste it in a milk bun with a wonderful homemade barbecue sauce and onion in a cosy environment, where also the children can enjoy the food and have fun. This place is Sishu.
At the moment, Sishu is closed due to legal issues regarding the house. The management is planning to open in a new location soon. If you want to receive updates, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org
The food is good, the ingredients are fresh and you can see the cooks working in the open kitchen while they prepare the dishes. The place is relaxing and inviting, you have books and games at your disposal and the children can play in a room full of toys made of papier maché (there is also a real castle to climb on!). For me, it is the ideal place for a weekend brunch.
What I usually eat
…or better, what I don’t eat? Hamburger, cheese burger, barbecue burger, tuna sandwich, omelet, salads, all accompanied with a fresh lemonade.
The strawberry jam is a must: they serve it with omelet or scrambled eggs accompanied with toasted bread, but I could eat a jar simply with a spoon! Unfortunately they don’t sell jam to take away, but they are planning to do so.
What I don’t like
To park the car in the small courtyard is often a challenge. During the weekend, if you arrive after noon is almost impossible to find a table: better to make a reservation calling 0920 061063 or 0911 145358.
Sishu is near the national bank, on Churchill road. If you come from the railway station, you have to turn left at the junction of the national theater, on the road that goes up beside the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (the round building). Then you turn left on the first road (you have the Ministry of Building and Construction at your left) and again left on the first street. You find Sishu at your right. The restaurant is now closed, because it is moving to a new location (still unknown, but stay tuned, I will post updates).