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Global Cafe lunchbox. $10 lunch review

johnboy 3 March 2011 30

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Global Cafe is a new little player up next to the Kremlin Bar on Northbourne Avenue.

As an Ethiopian Cafe one imagines the coffee could be worth a try, but this is a lunch review series.

The world is roughly divided into those who’ve tried Ethiopian cuisine and like it, and those who’re still making jokes based on a 30 year gone famine.

If you’re in the latter camp then it really is time to get with the program.

For $8 Global Cafe will fill up a tub for you with either rice or injera and a choice of stews or vegetables.

They do amazing things with lentils so that’s highly recommended. I also went with the vegetables and a beef wat.

Filling, very tasty, and very fast.

(For more sub $10 lunches in Civic check the tag, if you’ve got recommendations let me know.)

UPDATE: The Global Cafe folk have been in touch to let us know they now have a website.


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colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 3:13 pm 15 Feb 11

johnboy said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Why? If JB enjoys the meals what is the problem? Or have you found some great big cash for comment conspiracy? Quick, quick, get onto media watch.

I even pay for the lunches!

You’re doing it wrong.

Davo111 Davo111 2:58 pm 15 Feb 11

yeah, thats exactly how JB pays for the site, $10 cash-for-comment lunches. *rolls eyes*

People suggest (good) places for him to eat, hes enjoyed the meals so far. I dont really see an issue here.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 2:35 pm 15 Feb 11

johnboy said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Why? If JB enjoys the meals what is the problem? Or have you found some great big cash for comment conspiracy? Quick, quick, get onto media watch.

I even pay for the lunches!

Can you write them off as work-related tax deductions?

If so, you might want to think about a series of reviews of some *cough* slightly more expensive meals.

johnboy johnboy 1:57 pm 15 Feb 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Why? If JB enjoys the meals what is the problem? Or have you found some great big cash for comment conspiracy? Quick, quick, get onto media watch.

I even pay for the lunches!

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 1:54 pm 15 Feb 11

Mysteryman said :

I’m still waiting to see you try something for under $10 and report that it was crap.

Why? If JB enjoys the meals what is the problem? Or have you found some great big cash for comment conspiracy? Quick, quick, get onto media watch.

Mysteryman Mysteryman 1:28 pm 15 Feb 11

buzz819 said :

Mysteryman said :

Ian said :

johnboy said :

Mysteryman said :

I’m still waiting to see you try something for under $10 and report that it was crap.

And I keep answering, why would I eat a crap lunch?

In the interests of research? Providing a service to the rest of us? Taking one for the team?

All of these.

Interestingly, I’ve eaten at many of the places you’ve reviewed and my experience with a few was that the food was not very good.

Wow, if your not happy with it, you don’t have to read it. I mean he isn’t charging you to give his opinion. You go eat Macca’s meals for the $10 feed and I will continue to read the articles and pick and choose where I want to get food.

The point of a review is to give an honest opinion. If that’s what johnboy has done, then more power to him. I was just making an observation, not criticising.

And yes, johnboy, I probably am a bit harder to please than you.

Mess Mess 1:27 pm 15 Feb 11

I’ve been walking past that place for months thinking that I must try it and, after reading this review, I was inspired. I had the chicken with Injera, and it was fantastic. I will be going back there regularly. I also recommend trying That Pizza Place, $4 per slice, and two slices is more than enough for a filling lunch.

buzz819 buzz819 1:03 pm 15 Feb 11

Mysteryman said :

Ian said :

johnboy said :

Mysteryman said :

I’m still waiting to see you try something for under $10 and report that it was crap.

And I keep answering, why would I eat a crap lunch?

In the interests of research? Providing a service to the rest of us? Taking one for the team?

All of these.

Interestingly, I’ve eaten at many of the places you’ve reviewed and my experience with a few was that the food was not very good.

Wow, if your not happy with it, you don’t have to read it. I mean he isn’t charging you to give his opinion. You go eat Macca’s meals for the $10 feed and I will continue to read the articles and pick and choose where I want to get food.

johnboy johnboy 12:59 pm 15 Feb 11

Well then go write your own reviews then.

Or possibly learn to read between the lines. Not every review has actually been positive.

On the other hand given the nature of this interaction I’m guessing you’re a bit harder to please than I am.

Mysteryman Mysteryman 12:54 pm 15 Feb 11

Ian said :

johnboy said :

Mysteryman said :

I’m still waiting to see you try something for under $10 and report that it was crap.

And I keep answering, why would I eat a crap lunch?

In the interests of research? Providing a service to the rest of us? Taking one for the team?

All of these.

Interestingly, I’ve eaten at many of the places you’ve reviewed and my experience with a few was that the food was not very good.

johnboy johnboy 12:37 pm 15 Feb 11

more useful to seek and out and praise the good.

Ian Ian 12:18 pm 15 Feb 11

johnboy said :

Mysteryman said :

I’m still waiting to see you try something for under $10 and report that it was crap.

And I keep answering, why would I eat a crap lunch?

In the interests of research? Providing a service to the rest of us? Taking one for the team?

johnboy johnboy 11:38 am 15 Feb 11

Mysteryman said :

I’m still waiting to see you try something for under $10 and report that it was crap.

And I keep answering, why would I eat a crap lunch?

Mysteryman Mysteryman 11:32 am 15 Feb 11

I’m still waiting to see you try something for under $10 and report that it was crap.

Keijidosha Keijidosha 9:24 am 15 Feb 11

troll-sniffer said :

Keijidosha said :

I’m a bit gunshy about Ethiopian cuisine after average experiences at two other Canberra restaurants. Might give this one a wide berth.

Why? Seems a pointless attitude. There’s nothing to indicate this place would have any unwanted effects on you. Still, each to their own. You might be the type who won’t allow sunlight to fall upon any part of your skin because you believe the latest crop of skin cancer ads, if so there’s a cotton wool factory somewhere waiting for your business. 🙂

Who said anything about “unwanted effects”. My average experiences pertained to the flavours, which after trying two seperate restaurants I still did not find appealing. I’m pretty open minded about food, but Ethiopian hit well wide of setting my tastebuds alight.

Thanks for the free psychoanalysis though, you’ve saved me a trip to the therapist.

Mickle Mickle 11:34 pm 14 Feb 11

Davo111 said :

I second this – the food was very nice. Not sure if it was under $10 though?

It most definitely was under $10 for a fancy sandwich.

Davo111 Davo111 10:09 pm 14 Feb 11

Mickle said :

Another under $10 suggestion for you – the Blue Olive on Alinga St (next to PJ O’Malleys).

I second this – the food was very nice. Not sure if it was under $10 though?

Davo111 Davo111 10:07 pm 14 Feb 11

johnboy said :

and those who’re still making jokes based on a 30 year gone famine.

*opens mouth to speak* … errr nevermind 😛

Mickle Mickle 6:57 pm 14 Feb 11

That sounds pretty good – I didn’t realise there was a new place open on Northbourne. Will have to try it out.

Another under $10 suggestion for you – the Blue Olive on Alinga St (next to PJ O’Malleys). Huge menu for sandwiches, a big choice of bread, and delicious to boot. Not too sure they do takeaway, but I have eaten in and enjoyed some nice sandwiches there.

Nightshade Nightshade 6:53 pm 14 Feb 11

Global Cafe is great! It’s run by a lovely young Ethiopian woman, and I started going there after buying her food at the Multicultural festival a couple of years ago – I think that was soon after she opened and I thought the food so good that I made a point of finding the cafe. I have never been there at lunchtime since I don’t work in Civic, but it’s on my circuit of regular Friday night dinner places. It is usually open till around 8pm on Fridays. You can get individual dishes with injera or rice, or a meat/vegetarian platter, where you get some of all the dishes arranged on a large piece of injera (as Evan James described in #5), with some extra injera on the side. This is my favourite Ethiopian restaurant in Canberra. Food preparation tends to take a while on Friday nights, so we just don’t go there when we’re in a hurry.

bigfeet: yes, the injera is really good.

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