EMPRESS TAYTU ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT
6125 St. Clair Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44103
One check for groups of six or more
Setting charge (with no food order)  $5 per person
Extra serving of Injera $2

Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant Menu

  • Starters

  • Sambusa

    • Four (4) pastries $6.00

    4 crisp pastry triangles filled with choice of lentils or beef, includes a spicy dipping sauce

  • Ambasha

    • Ayib $7.00
    • Collard greens $6.00

    Traditional home-made skillet-baked bread served with your choice of  Home made cottage cheese, spiced (Ayib) or Collard greens 

  • Appetizer Combo

    • Two lentil and two beef $13.50

    Two lentil sambusas, two beef sambusas, Ayib, Gomen and ambasha bread, a flavorful treat. Sepcify if vegan or vegetarian.

  • Shorba (soup)

    • Cup $4.00
    • Bowl $7.00

    Homemade lentil and onion soup served with ambasha on the side. Gluten Free (without ambasha) and Vegan.

  • Foule

    • Mild $10.00

    Hearty broad bean dish spiced and garnished with fresh diced tomatoes green peppers and onions. Served with ambasha bread. Choice of olive oil or butter. Mild

  • Kai’sir (beets with potatoes)

    • One serving $6.00

    Cold salad of beets, potatoes, onions, fresh lemon, olive oil, house special vinaigrette.

  • House Salata

    • With vinaigrette dressing $7.00
    • With chicken or beef $12.00

    Spring mix garden salad with house vinaigrette dressing. With chicken or beef extra.

  • Timatim Salata

    • Bowl $8.00

    Fresh red tomatoes mixed with chopped onions, laced with jalapenos and house vinaigrette dressing. Vegan, Gluten Free.

  • Yetesenega Karya

    • Each $4.00

    Seasonal hot pepper split and stuffed with jalapeños, tomatoes and onions, hot pepper and spice sauce--peppers with peppers with peppers! Vegan, Gluten Free.

  • Avocado Salata

    • Bowl $10.00

    Avocado salad with tomatoes, jalapeños and onions. Vegan, Gluten Free.

  • Buticha

    • Combo $10.00

    Chick pea pâté with onions, jalapeño, garlic, and olive oil. Vegan, Gluten Free.

  • Che-chebsa

    • One serving $10.00

    Kita (thin bread) with berberé, flavored with spiced butter or olive                                                              

  • Combination Entrees

  • Vegetable Combination

    • Combo $15.00

    Combination of five vegetable dishes: kik (yellow split pea), misir (lentils), gomen (collards), tikil gomen,(cabbage), and kai’sir (beets & potatoes). Vegan, Gluten Free

  • Double Meat Combination

    • Combo $17.00

    Combination of two meat stews: Dorowat (chicken) and segawa (beef).

  • Meat and Veggie Combo

    • Combo $20.00

    Combination of two meat dishes –  dorowat and sega tibs – and three vegetables: kik-alicha, misir, and tikil gomen.

  • Vegan Entrees

    Includes injera and one side dish. Choose either misir, kik-alicha, tikil gomen, gomen, kai'sir or buticha

    Add side salad with house dressing  $4.00

  • Misir

    • Medium $ $14

    Red split lentils cooked in berberé sauce and fine herbs, and blended with chopped onions. Medium.

  • Tikil Gomen

    • Mild $$13

     Lightly spiced Ethiopian-style cabbage, carrots, and potatoes. Mild

  • Shiro

    • Medium $$16

    Mixed legumes prepared with ginger root, rue seed, bishop’s weed, and garlic cooked with berberé sauce. Medium-Spicy

  • Kik-alicha

    • Mild $$13

    Yellow split peas flavored with turmeric, green peppers, and various spices. Mild 

  • Gomen

    • Mild $10.50

    Chopped collard greens cooked with onions, garlic, ginger, lightly laced with jalapeños.Mild.

  • Timatim Fit-fit

    • Medium hot $$13

    Chopped tomatoes, jalapeno, lemon, Awaze sauce, olive oil, onion, and  pieces of injera. Mild or Spicy.

  • Meat Entrees

    Includes injera and your choice of either misir, kik-alicha, tikil gomen, gomen, kai'sir, or buticha

    Side salad with house dressing available for $4

     

  • Segawat

    • Spicy $$17.50

    Tender beef cubes, stewed with berbere sauce and flavored with onions, garlic, and ginger root. Spicy.

  • Fer-fer

    • Medium $$14

    Pieces of injera deliciously drowned in segawat (berberé beef wat) Medium. Please specify if gluten free or vegan, both options are available.

  • Bozena shiro

    • Medium $$17.50

    Mixed legumes with beef prepared with ginger root, rue seed, bishop’s weed, and  garlic cooked with berbere sauce. Medium

  • Dorowat (chicken) — house special

    • Spicy $$20

    Premier Ethiopian ceremonial dish fancy-cooked homestyle. A piece of chicken breast and drumstick marinated in lemon, sautéed in spiced butter, stewed in berbere sauce with onion, garlic, ginger root, and served with hard boiled egg, homemade cottage cheese, and collard greens. Spicy

  • Sega Tibs

    • Specify spicy, med or mild $$16

    Lean beef cubes sautéed in spiced butter, green peppers, onion, and rosemary. Specify spicy, medium or mild

  • Chicken Tibs

    • Specify hot or mild $16.00

    Cubes of chicken breast sautéed in spiced butter, green peppers, onions and rosemary. Specify spicy, medium, or mild.

  • Shrimp Tibs

    • Specify spicy, med or mild $$21

    Shrimp sautéed in spiced butter, green peppers, onions and rosemary. Specify spicy, medium, or mild

  • If You Dare

  • Kitfo

    • Specify: raw, slightly cooked, hot, med, mild $$20

    Ethiopian favorite, raw or slightly cooked diced lean beef spiced mitmita, cororima, and spiced Ethiopian butter, served with homemade cottage cheese on the side.

  • Gored-gored

    • Specify: raw, slightly cooked, hot, med, mild $$20

    Cubes of raw or slightly cooked lean beef spiced with mitmita, cororema, and spiced Ethiopian butter served with homemade cottage cheese on the side.

    Note: Specify: raw (teré)* or slightly cooked (leb-leb)*, and hot or mild

     Raw beef may be dangerous to your health.

  • Taytu Special Tibs Dinners

    Served with yetesegena karya (hot stuffed pepper)

  • Sega Tibs Dinner (beef)

    • Specify hot or mild. $$25

    Choice cubes of lean beef sautéed with homemade spiced Ethiopian butter or oil, tomatoes, onions, peppers, rosemary. Served sizzling in a clay charcoal-heated shekla. Served with a stuffed jalapeño on the side--substitutable for kai'sir, or tikil gomen. Please specify spicy, medium or mild.

  • Yebeg Tibs Dinner (lamb)

    • Specify hot or mild. $$28

    Choice cubes of lean lamb imported from Australia, sautéed with homemade spiced Ethiopian butter, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and rosemary. Served sizzling in a clay charcoal-heated shekla. Specify spicy, medium, or mild.

  • Inguday Tibs Dinner

    • Specify hot or mild $15.00

    Mushrooms sautéed with spiced butter, onions, garlic, ginger and berbere, served steaming in clay charcoal grill. Note: choice of butter or olive oil  Specify hot or mild   

  • Desserts

  • Missionary’s Delight

    • One serving $$6

    Vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup or mango juice.

  • Peanut-Butter Injera with Organic Honey

    • One serving $6.50

    Taytu original: rolls of injera with peanut  butter and sugar inside

  • Taytu Cake

    • Cake and ice cream $$7

    Homemade cupcake served warm with ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. Ask about cupcake flavors of the week.

  • Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

  • Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

    • For 1 or 2 $14.00
    • For each additional person $3.00

    Special after-dinner treat, a traditional, leisurely ceremony starting with the roasting of green coffee Ethiopian beans in the kitchen, the smoking pan of aromatic beans brought to your table. The coffee is served from a jebena (clay pot), poured into small traditional coffe cups, with incense burning on the side. Served with ambasha bread. (Decaf available).

     

    Historical note: coffee originated in the Ethiopian province known as Keffa where it grows wild.

Appetizer, Soups, and Salads

1.   Sambusa                                                                    2.   Ambasha
Crisp pastry triangles filled with choice                      Traditional skillet-baked bread,
of Lentils or Beef spiced with onion,                           served with the choice of:
garlic, ginger, and coriander     $5.00                            a) Home made, spiced
cottage cheese (Ayib)   $6.00
b) Collard greens (Gomen)   $5.00

3.   Appetizer combo                                                       4.   Shorba (soup)
Two lentil sambusas, two beef sambusas,               Lentil & onion homemade soup,
cottage cheese (Ayib), and collard greens                    a) Cup      $3.50
with ambasha      $12.00                                                   b) Bowl      $4.50

5.   Foule                                                                            6.   Kai’sir  (beets with potatoes)
Hearty broad bean dish spiced and                             Cold salad: beets, potatoes,
garnished with fresh diced tomatoes                           onions fresh lemon, olive oil,
green peppers and onions. Served with                      house special vinaigrette $6.00
ambasha bread. Choice of olive oil or
butter. Mild      $9.00

7.   House Salad                                                        8.   Tomato Salad
Spring mix garden salad with                                         Fresh red tomatoes mixed     with a colorful variety of crisp,                                                                                  fresh chopped onions, laced with jalapenos.
vegetables with special house                                       Vinaigrette dressing     $7.00
vinaigrette dressing     $6.50
Added beef or chicken     $11.50

9.   Yetesenega Karya
Seasonal hot pepper split and stuffed with jalapeños,
tomatoes and onions mixed with ‘kotchkotcha’ (hot pepper
and spice sauce) — Pepper with peppers with peppers!        $3.00 a piece

Combination Dishes

Kik-alicha (yellow split pea), misir (red lentils), gomen (collard greens), tikil gomen (cabbage), segawat (spiced beef cubes), minchetabish (ground beef with spice blend), and dorowat (spicy chicken sauce).

Side salad with house dressing
available for $3.00

10.   Vegetable Combination                                           11.   Double Meat Combination
Combination of four vegetable dishes:                          Combination of two meat
kik (yellow split pea), misir (lentils),                                stews: Dorowat (chicken)
gomen (collards),                                                               and Minchetabish (beef)
and tikil gomen (cabbage)      $13.50                             Medium      $15.00

12.   Meat and Veggie Combo
Combination of two meat dishes –  dorowat and kai
minchetabish – and three vegetables: kik-alicha, misir, and
tikil gomen      $17.50

Vegetarian Entrees

Served with your choice of kik-alicha, misir, and tikil gomen.
Side salad with house dressing      $3.50

13.   Misir                                                                              14.   Tikil Gomen
Red split lentils cooked in berbere                                  Lightly spiced vegetable stew of
sauce and fine herbs, and blended with                        cabbage, carrots, and potatoes.
chopped onions. Medium. $11.00                                   Mild.      $9.00

15.   Shiro                                                                             16.   Kik-alicha
Mixed legumes prepared with ginger                              Yellow split peas flavored with
root, rue seed, bishop’s weed, and                                 tumeric, green peppers, and
garlic cooked with berbere sauce.                                   various spices. Mild.      $10.00
Medium.      $13.00

17.   Gomen
Chopped collard greens cooked with onions,
garlic, ginger, lightly laced with jalapeños.Mild. $10.00

Meat Entrees
Served with your choice of kik-alicha, misir, gomen, and tikil gomen.
Side salad with house dressing available for $3.00

18.   Minchetabish                                                               19.   Segawat
Savory chopped top ground beef                                     Tender beef cubes, stewed with
cooked with a tasty combination of                                  berbere sauce and flavored with
seasoning and spices. Mild.   $12.00                             onions, garlic, and ginger root.
Spicy.    $15.00

20.   Fer-fer                                                                            21.   Bozena shiro
Pieces of injera deliciously soaked .                              Mixed legumes with beef prepared
with segawat (berbere beef wat)                                     with ginger root, rue seed, bishop’s
Medium.      $11.00                                                             weed, and  garlic cooked with
berbere sauce. Medium.   $15.00

22.   Dorowat (chicken) — House Special
Premier Ethiopian ceremonial dish fancy-cooked homestyle. A piece of
chicken breast and drumstick marinated in lemon, sautéed in spiced butter,
stewed in berbere sauce with onion, garlic, ginger root, and served with hard boiled
egg, homemade cottage cheese, and collard greens. Spicy.      $18.00

23.   Sega Tibs
Lean beef cubes sautéed in spiced butter,
green peppers, onion, and rosemary. Specify hot or mild.      $16.00

24.   Chicken Tibs                                                                 25.   Shrimp Tibs
Cubes of chicken breast sautéed in                                Shrimp sautéed in spiced butter.
spiced butter, green peppers, onions,                             green peppers, onions, and
and rosemary. Specify hot or mild.   $16.00                    rosemary.
Specify hot or mild. $17.00

If You Dare

26.   Kitfo                                                                                 27.   Gored-Gored
Ethiopian favorite, raw diced lean beef                           Cubes of raw lean beef spiced with
spiced with awazé (hot) sauce, jalapeño                       awazé sauce (hot), jalapeño peppers,
peppers served with home made cottage                      served with home made cottage
cheese. $17.00                                                                    cheese. $17.00

Note: Specify: raw (teré) or slightly cooked (leb-leb), and hot or mild.

Taytu Special Tibs Dinners
Served with yetesegena karya (hot stuffed pepper)

28.   Sega (beef)                                                                   29.   Yebeg (lamb)
Choice cubes of lean beef fried with                               Choice cubes of lean lamb fried with
spiced butter, onions, rosemary, and                             spiced butter, onions, rosemary, and
served still cooking in clay charcoal                                served still cooking in clay charcoal
grill.                                                                                         grill.

Specify hot or mild.   $24.00                                              Specify hot or mild.   $26.00
Double order – add $17.00                                               Double order – add $18.00

30.   Inguday Tibs
Mushrooms sautéed with spiced butter, onions, garlic,
ginger and berbere, served steaming in clay charcoal grill.
Note: choice of butter or olive oil
Specify hot or mild      $15.00

Desserts

30.   Missionary’s Delight                                                    31. Peanut-Butter Injera
Vanilla ice cream with chocolate                                       Taytu original: rolls of injera with
syrup or mango juice. $5.00                                               peanut butter and sugar inside. $5.00

32.  Taytu cake
Home made chocolate or vanilla cake with ice cream.   $6.00

33. Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony:

Special after-dinner treat, a traditional, leisurely ceremony starting with the roasting of green
coffee Ethiopian beans in the kitchen, the smoking pan of aromatic beans brought to your
table. The coffee is served from a jebena (clay pot), poured into small traditional coffee
cups, with incense burning on the side. Served with ambasha bread. (Decaf available).
For 1 or 2 people      $12                                                                                                                         For each additional person      $3

Historical note: Coffee originated in the Ethiopian province known as Keffa,
where it grows wild.