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Ras Teferi Restaurant

Ras Teferi Restaurant

Ethiopian Cuisine

Welcome to the Ras Teferi Restaurant. As we are the only Ethiopian restaurant in the Sacramento area, we hope to make your visit with us as memorable as possible.

Traditional Ethiopian food consists of injera and wot. Injera is a thin crepelike flat bread made of teff, an iron rich grain grown only in Ethiopia, although entrepreneurs have started growing it in this country to serve the large Ethiopian community in the United States. Wot is a spicy sauce that can be made with beef, lamb, chicken, fish (pork is not eaten in Ethiopia) or any number of vegetables such as lentils and split peas. The main ingredient is berbere, a spice that combines red peppers, cumin, cardamon, ginger, coriander and other similar spices. Every family prepares its own berbere by first sun drying the peppers and then combining the other ingredients. The berbere we us in our restaurant is prepared by our families back in Ethiopia.

The meal is normally served on a mesob, a large plate on a colorful woven basket table, with a variety of wots arranged on the injera. Family and friends sit around the mesob and share the communal serving by tearing off pieces of the injera and scooping up the various wots with it. Silverware is not used at all; instead one uses the original fork - one's fingers. Although the food is finger-licking good, it's considered bad manners to lick one's fingers because diners are sharing a communal plate. It's both customary and proper to wash one's hands before and after eating.

About our name: Ras Teferi is the name of the late Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, when he was the Regent of the country back in the 20's. His given name was Teferi Mekonnen, and ras literally means head, and is a title used to mean head of state. When Ras Teferi became emperor he adopted the name Haile Selassie. At that time, Jamaica was an English colony and Jamaicans used to have to say 'Hail to the King', meaning the King of Britain. Jamaicans clamoring for independence didn't appreciate doing that. When they heard of Ras Teferi's coronation they started to pledge allegiance to a real African king and they became known as Rastafarians. Presently, there are still Rastafarians in Jamaica and elsewhere. So much for the history lesson.

As for our restaurant, we sincerely appreciate your patronage, and please do not hesitate to ask any of us for help with our menu. Enjoy your dining.


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Ras Teferi Restuarant
1009 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Lunch Mon.-Fri. 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner Mon. - Fri. 5:00 - 9:00pm; Sat. 5:00 - 10:00pm
Closed Sundays

All You Can Eat Vegetarian Buffet & Salad Bar 11:30am - 2:00pm

All Major Credit Cards Accepted.

Available For Catering

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