If you’re unfamiliar with Ethiopian cuisine (and given its scarcity in Dubai you’d be forgiven for being so), Gursha is an excellent place embark on your education.
On the Palm, the restaurant affords pretty views over the water and there’s a laid-back vibe, which fits with the style of dining.
Gursha roughly translates as “mouthful” and is also the act of eating with your hands, and sharing food. This creates a connection with your meal, making you focus more on what you’re eating – traditional Ethopian food.
The staff happily step in to guide us through the menu, even showing us a YouTube video on how injera (a staple of the cuisine) is made – it is, in essence, a gluten-free sourdough bread that’s kind of an egg-free crêpe.
We start with BuTicha, a chickpea dip, spiced perfectly and scooped up with injera.
We move onto a vegetarian platter (there’s a plethora of meaty dishes on the menu, too). Azifa (vinegar-soaked lentils), a delicious beetroot salad, a tangy chickpea stew, fosolia (sautéed green beans) and a sunflowery, tomatoey dish with a punch are all eagerly dipped into.
Not everything will suit everyone’s palate. Some of the dishes are overly tangy and sharp for our taste, but for a bite of something new, it’s certainly worth a visit.
The bottom line Traditional, tasty and an experience to try.