Oslo: Saba Restaurant

Staying in Brugata meant we were close to the ethnic side of Oslo and it seemed there were some great ethnic eateries in the area. Saba Restaurant came well-recommended and we have never tried Ethiopian cuisine before, so we headed there with a sense of adventure.

Saba Restaurant

Spanning two floors, we climbed the narrow staircase to sit in Saba Restaurant‘s quieter main dining area. The downstairs appeared to be a far more popular drinking area with generic tables and chairs packed fairly tight, though not as swish as a bar.

If you don’t speak Norwegian and have never had Ethiopian cuisine before, don’t panic. Staff can speak English and we found them helpful with describing the dishes and making recommendations.

Saba Restaurant

Saba combination. NOK159. Derho. NOK149

We ordered the Saba combination and the Derho, and both arrived together on a table sized metal platter literally covered in injera. The fermented injera had a slightly sour taste, not too different from Indian dosai and perfect for mopping up the rich sauces. To eat, peel the spongy injera with your fingers to pick up the spicy stews and creamy lentils.

Saba Restaurant

Saba combination. NOK159.

The Saba combination comes with zegni (beef stew cooked in berbere sauce), hamli (chopped greens slowly cooked in mild spices), kelwa and alicha (curried beef stew cooked in spices and peppers) and served with injera.

Derho is a chicken stew with onions cooked in berbere sauce and served with cooked egg. This was definitely my favorite dish.


Saba Restaurant
Storgata 41
0182 Oslo