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My name is Workneh Engida. My wife, Yeshi Belihu is the chef at our beautiful restaurant, Yeshi Buna.

Yeshi Buna is on Beaudesert Road, Moorooka, a suburb six kilometres south of Brisbane City.

Buna means coffee in Amharic. Yeshi Buna translates to Yeshi’s Coffee.  We have many different condiments that are essential for a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony in our restaurant and we occasionally hold these traditional ceremonies at Yeshi Buna.  Coffee started in Ethiopia and is a very prominent part of its culture. It was discovered in a region called Kafa, that is why almost everyone calls it ‘Coffee’. There are many restaurants and coffee houses in Ethiopia.

Yeshi Buna was inspired by another restaurant with the same name in our home city Addis Ababa and, of course, inspired by my wife our excellent cook.  Addis Ababa is a modern, yet very ancient city.  As a young man and later, as a young couple, Yeshi and I enjoyed going to jazz clubs and listening to the great Ethio-Jazz musicians. So here, at Yeshi Buna, I play many tunes from those same jazz musicians that captivated me as an adolescent.  On Saturdays I often like to have good Ethiopian musicians at the restaurant to play softly as our customers enjoy their meals.  Sometimes Yeshi will do a coffee ceremony on a Saturday night.

We arrived in Australia on Australia Day 1999, and we love to celebrate our arrival to this beautiful country with Australia Day celebrations.

We started Yeshi Buna 9 years ago and we have continued to serve our traditional Ethiopian cuisine and fine cultural coffee. It is a great place for people to get together, enjoy good food and conversation. We also take great pleasure in showing Australians the side of Ethiopia that the world doesn’t often portray; the beautiful and wholesome side.

Location

Shop 1, 131 Beaudesert Road

Moorooka, QLD 4105

Contact Yeshi Buna

M:  0423 746 634

E:  workeb@hotmail.com

See the Yeshi-Buna Menu

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