Southern California might be known for fusion cuisine, the freshest seafood and produce along with some quirky inventions, but if you’re craving cuisine from Africa, you need it to be authentic. There are two mainstays in Anaheim, starting with Kenyan Café and Cuisine. With a “fun menu” offering Swahili to English translations, you’ll learn how to order like a pro and know what to expect from the injera bread to the variety of lentil dishes.
There are a number of both vegetarian choices and meat dishes. Try the wali (cooked rice) with mboga (cabbage). Fried goat in Kenyan spices served with your choice of a side is an excellent option. BBQ beef with chapatti or ugali is another favorite. Samosas with local spices are fantastic starters.
Spicing Up Anaheim
Try Merhaba Restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner and sample the foul (fava beans with tomatoes, onions and feta) in a pita or French roll. Fitt fitt is a breakfast staple featuring injera bread soaked in seasoned, hot butter and topped with herbs with yogurt on the side. A sambusa for a snack or boneless rockfish stew for an appetizer is always tantalizing.
A beef, lamb and vegetarian menu offer plenty of choices. Try the zegny bighe kiye, the most popular lamb dish on the menu, or make it a stew. Zel zel tibsy is home grilled beef strips with spices, tossed with onions and green peppers. For a little of everything, get a sampler combination platter and decide what your favorite dish is.