WELCOME to authentic Ethiopian dining!
Our restaurant has been a vision of mine since we moved here to Fort Collins in 1991. I’ve always had the passion for creating delicious recipes using the freshest and most authentic spices of Ethiopia. After taking time out to raise my three daughters and complete my education, Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine was born on September 24, 2004.
Here at Nyala, we offer authentic Ethiopian cuisine served in a traditionally warm and inviting atmosphere. We pride ourselves in using organic, locally grown ingredients and a one of a kind assortment of fresh Ethiopian spices. To make that a possibility, my family back home helps to prepare the necessary ingredients, so that I am able to recreate some of the most traditional and classic Ethiopian dishes I grew up with.
Before you begin your dining experience, here are a few terms to familiarize yourself with.
Injera is a flat, spongy, pancake made from a cereal grain called Teff, which is a member of the grass family Eragrostis or ‘love grass.’
Teff is the smallest grain in the world. Its small size means the germ and bran, where the nutrients are concentrated, account for a much larger volume of the seed compared to more familiar grains. Besides its nutritional value, Teff is also the only grain to have symbiotic yeast, which does not require adding any yeast in the preparation of injera.
Our entrees are comprised of meat and vegetable stews, called Wot (pronounced We-t), as well as sautéed dishes called Tibs, both of which vary by the type of spices used to give them their exotic taste and East African flair.
You will have the opportunity to dine comfortably in our traditional seating area with great service and most of all, excellent food! We look forward to making your dining experience at Nyala one that is full of adventure and excitement!