Demera Ethiopian Restaurant offers traditional Ethiopian cuisine in a cozy and casual atmosphere and offers a great selection of African and American beer and homemade Ethiopian honey wine. Our food is prepared using the freshest ingredients, gathered, whenever possible, from local producers. We offer a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes and can accommodate gluten allergies with 24 hour notice. Please, join us for a truly unique dining experience, the best coffee in Chicago and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
2 large fried dumplings with spinach, & Demera's Sambusa Mix.
2 large dough shells filled with spinach.
A five piece combination of each of our sambussa options.
Traditional mildly sweet skillet baked bread served with a choice of: A. Ayib be Mitmita - ethiopian cheese with Mitmita and spiced butter. B. Ayib be Gomen - ethiopian cheese flavored with collard greens.
Combination of sambussa sampler and ambasha.
Ethiopian tomato salad with onions and sliced and seeded jalapenos served with a fresh lime vinaigrette.
Romaine lettuce, onion, tomatoes, sliced jalapenos, and cucumber served with your choice of pan seared cubed chicken breast or tilapia.
Kay Seer Selata
Chopped beets, potatoes, sliced onion, and seeded jalapenos served with fresh lime vinaigrette.
Lentils sautéed with sliced onions, and seeded jalapenos in a fresh lime vinaigrette.
Diced tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and shredded pieces of injera with a fresh lime vinaigrette.
Demera Tibs Selata
Prime beef sautéed with onion, garlic, and cardamom served on romaine lettuce with our delicious honey wine based dressing.
Select from vegetarian options lists. for one: choice of any four vegetarian options, for two: choice of any six vegetarian options, Choice of any six vegetarian options. C. Beyanetu - combination of all nine of our Vegetarian options
Beyanetu (for One)
Beyanetu (for Two)
Selections from meat options list. for one: choice of any four meat options; for two: choice of any six meat options
Vegetarian & Meat Messob
Vegetarian and meat options lists only. for one: choice of two vegetarian and two meat options; for two: choice of three vegetarian and three meat options
Demera Messob options lists only. for one: choice of four options with at least two vegetarian; for two: choice of six options with at least three vegetarian
Vegetarian Messob Sampler
Three-course dinner option with sambussa, messob, and dessert.
Vegetarian & Meat Messob Sampler
Three-course dinner option with sambussa, messob, and dessert.
Chef's selection platter of vegetarian, lamb, beef, chicken, and seafood for groups of: Group of 3 to 4 individual, Group of 5 to 7 individual, Group of 8 or more individual
Split red lentils stewed in our deliciously rich berbere sauce with onions, garlic, and ginger.
Ground chickpeas shaped into dough pieces and cooked in our special berbere sauce.
Yellow split peas prepared with onion, garlic, ginger, and turmeric.
Mixed legumes prepared with ginger root, rue seed, bishops weed and garlic and cooked with our Demera seasoning.
Chopped collard greens sautéed with onions, garlic and ginger and then lightly mixed with sliced and seeded jalapenos.
Chopped spinach sautéed with onions, garlic, ginger, and Demera seasoning.
Cabbage and carrot cooked with onion, garlic and ginger and seasoned with seeded jalapenos.
Ye-Dinich ena Carrot Alicha
Potatoes and carrots stewed with onions, garlic, ginger, tumeric, and special Demera seasoning.
Kayseer Ena Carrot Tibs
Beets and carrots cooked with onion, garlic, ginger and special Demera seasoning with a hint of seasoning and finished off with seeded jalapenos.
Tender pieces of cubed and bone-in lamb marinated in onions, garlic, and ginger root and stewed in our special Demera spicy sauce.
Tender pieces of cubed and bone-in lamb marinated in onions, garlic, sliced, and seeded jalapeños and ginger root stewed in our Demera mild sauce
Tender pieces of cubed lamb sautéed in olive oil seasoned with onion, fresh tomatoes, garlic, sliced jalapenos, awazé, and rosemary.
Savory cubed lamb dry-sautéed with onions, sliced, and seeded jalapenos in special Demera seasoning.
Sizzling platter of lamb ribs grilled with a blend of onions, tomatoes, and sliced, seeded jalapenos.
Two chicken drumsticks marinated in lemon then stewed in a delicious spicy berbere sauce with onions, garlic and ginger root, served with hardboiled egg and a side of ayib cheese.
Two chicken drumsticks marinated in lemon and stewed in a special mild sauce of onions, garlic, ginger, sliced jalapeños and rosemary; served with hardboiled egg and a side of ayib cheese.
Chicken breast cubes marinated in lemon juice and garlic, then sautéed with onions, tomato, sliced jalapeños and rosemary; spicy, medium or mild.
Beef stewed with our spicy berbere sauce, flavored with onions, garlic, and ginger root.
Beef stewed in our mild sauce of onions, garlic, ginger root, and turmeric.
Michetabish (Spicy or Mild)
Beef pan-fried with ginger, onion, cardamom and white pepper until golden brown, then sautéed in your choice of berbere or alicha sauce.
Ethiopian style steak tartar seasoned with herbed butter sauce (q'bbé) and hot-spiced chili powder (mitmita). served tere (raw), lublub (rare) or tibs (well done) with a side of ayib cheese.
Kitfo mixed with ayib cheese and gomen.
Kitfo in a sizzling shiro bowl topped with jalapenos and served with a side of ayib.
Kitfo mixed with onion, sliced jalapenos, and ayib cheese.
Prime beef sautéed with onion, garlic and sliced, seeded jalapenos.
Ye-Awazé Tibs (Spicy)
Prime beef sautéed with awazé, onion, tomatoes, garlic, and sliced jalapenos.
Lean cubed beef simmered in a blend of red pepper and herbed butter and awazé; served tere (raw) or lublub (rare).
Strip of tender beef marinated in awazé sauce, seasoned with onions, sliced and seeded jalapenos and fresh rosemary; served medium or well done.
Ethiopian style beef jerky stewed in berbere sauce with pieces of injera.
Extra Vegetarian Side
Extra Stew Side
Extra Tibs Side
Gluten Free Injera
Ayib (Ethiopian Cheese)
Ambasha (Ethiopian Bread)
Boneless tilapia fillets cooked in spicy berbere sauce with onion, garlic, and ginger roots.
Pan-fried whole fish with onion, garlic, jalapeños, ethiopian spice, and awaze.
Sautéed shrimp marinated in honey wine, rosemary, awazé sauce, jalapenos, onions, and tomatoes.
Shrimp in spicy berbere sauce with onion, garlic, and ginger roots.
Fillets of tilapia sautéed with onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, with mitmita, and jalapenos.
Vanilla ice cream; choice of rich chocolate sauce or sweet mango juice toppings.
Basil Lime Sorbet
Fresh basil and freshly squeezed lime transformed and sweetened into a refreshing vegan and gluten free treat.
Sweet pastry filled with with almonds, walnuts, cardamom, rose water, and saffron served over our very own raspberry sauce.
Rich pastry made from layers of phyllo dough filled with honey, walnuts, and pistachios.
Ethiopian Style Tiramisu
Ladyfinger cookies in our organic buna (coffee) and brandy layered with mascarpone cheese.
Vanilla ice cream, hibist, lemon sauce, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves.