Cheap eats – Global Cafe (Civic)

Alexandra Craig 19 April 2016 5

I’d heard of Global Cafe before but had never been there or even noticed it in the street until recently. It’s tucked in between the late night pharmacy and the Jolimont Centre on Northbourne Avenue, and despite having been to both those places about a billion times I still hadn’t spotted Global Cafe.

When I arrived there was one person seated inside and a lot of empty tables which made me nervous, but it seems this place makes its money from takeaway. There were two people ahead of me in line and two behind me and they all took their lunch to go.

One of the ladies in front of me ordered “the usual” which makes me think this place definitely has a regular customer base.

Global Cafe serves Ethiopian food and being a big fan of this particular cuisine I couldn’t wait to tuck in. I ordered an $8 lunch special which consists of your choice of up to three ‘flavours’, as they put it on the menu, with both meat and vegetarian/vegan options.


I decided to go with the pumpkin dish and the chicken dish. You also get a choice between rice or injera (traditional Ethiopian bread – it looks a bit like a giant pancake with a spongy texture) and I opted for the rice. I immediately regretted my rice decision – what was I thinking, I love injera!

Even though it’s only a standard take away container, they cram a lot of food in there. I have to say, this is amazing value for $8. The food was amazing! Perfectly cooked pumpkin, tender chicken, and so much flavour. Even though I wish I’d opted for the injera, the rice was great too – cooked properly and not gluggy or hard like some places do rice.

As of this review, I am a huge fan of Global Cafe and I will definitely be back!

What: Global Cafe
Where: 63 Northbourne Avenue (next door to late night pharmacy)
Opening hours: 11.00am – 3.00pm (lunch, Mon-Fri) 5.00pm – 8.00pm (dinner, Mon-Fri)

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5 Responses to Cheap eats – Global Cafe (Civic)
batmantrilogy batmantrilogy 4:22 am 05 Jan 16

Nice place to hit for the people who love hot and spicy food.

ginger_sunshine ginger_sunshine 3:39 pm 16 Nov 15

A little late to the party, but since I love Global Cafe I thought I’d add my two cents. I, too, love injera – it’s like a spongy, sourdough crepe. So tasty.

If you do eat there, they serve your selections on a platter, either for yourself or to share. Under the curries and rice, they lay injera, so the bread gets all soaked with the sauces, and is one of my favourite parts of the meal. I’ve only ever eaten there with friends, but I’m assuming they do the same on your own.

I also have a friend who adores spicy food, and she was super impressed with them, as when she asked for extra chili, not only did the lady serving us slice up and add fresh chili to the curry, we were also given a dish of chili powder as well. My friend was absolutely thrilled, she never actually gets enough of the extra chili she asks for, usually.

zllauh zllauh 5:01 pm 07 Sep 15

one of the best place for cheap tasty eats with the guys at the end of the month :p

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 1:45 pm 03 Sep 15

I do love this place, great cheap lunches when I do get into Civic. Injera bread is a tad odd for the uninitiated, the taste can be described as a pancake soaked in beer with the texture of a sponge… But oh so good.

Mess Mess 12:43 pm 02 Sep 15

I love this place one of the best places in Civic to grab lunch along with the Burmese Curry place.

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