Zara 2001

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 10 reviews )

25 Rue de Lausanne (at Gare Conavon area), Geneva, Switzerland

Serves meat, vegan options available. This Ethiopian restaurant is not vegetarian but has a vegetarian menu which includes lentil dishes, a chickpean dish, spinach dish and potato. Tangy, soft flat bread (injera) is served with food.

Categories: Ethiopian, Non-veg

10 Reviews

First Review by Lu

Ethiopian vegan treats - Edit

This was my first time eating Ethiopian food.
A quiet casual restaurant in Geneva and was one of the few places open at 7pm on a Monday night for dinner.
The staff were friendly and spoke enough English to help us ensuring these was no dairy I our meal.
We had the house special which was an Ethiopian crepe with 3 side dishes, Dahl, fried spinach and another type of dipping sauce that I couldn't figure out what it was made from.
The meal was filling but a bit on the oily side for me.
Reasonably priced Geneva.

Pros: open late, vegan options

Cons: slightly oily

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Tasty food and big portions :) - Edit

A nice place with friendly staff and a laid-back atmosphere. The vegetarian dishes were delicious and to my understanding also vegan. The vegan assortment or three different dishes was huge, enough for the next day's lunch as well, as there was no problem packing the rest of it in boxes to take away. :9 Would definitely go again!

Pros: delicious food, friendly waiter, not too expensive

Cons: the bathroom was not very tidy

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Excellent vegan food - Edit

Having never tried Ethiopian food before I was really looking forward to trying the food at Zara. I am vegan and my husband is veggie so we both had the vegetarian plate which comes with a selection of dishes and injera bread.
The portions were huge and all very tasty. We ended up leaving some of the food (which is rarely done) as there was so much.
Each dish was delicious and the lady who served us plated it properly for us and demonstrated how to eat it using the injera to scoop the food into our mouths.
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for some different, delicious food.

Pros: Excellent food, Good value, Huge portions

Cons: Staff do not speak english

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Restaurant in poor condition - Edit

From outside the restaurant looks in poor condition, old and dirty. The menu on the door is faded and dirty, so we decided not to enter. It is close to the station.

Pros: Vegetarian menu

Cons: Old and dirty, Station, People inside

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Not the best Ethopian place in Geneva - Edit

Well, its good but really not the best Ethopian restaurant I visited in Geneva. I will say its classic, friendy, and conventient because it open until late.

Pros: Open late, Near train station, Friendly

Cons: Not very clean, Old style

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Great sense of community and great food - Edit

Since I speak almost no French I was a little nervous to visit this place after reading the existing reviews, but my wife was able to convey our vegan-ness to the staff using a little rough French and our 'Vegan Passport'. The meal itself was fantastic-- the gentleman who waited on us suggested the vegetarian combination, and it arrived with three Ethiopian dishes we're very familiar with, Misser Wot (spicy, stewed red lentils), Kik Alicha Wot (mild yellow split peas), and Tikel Gomen (curry-ish cabbage, carrots, and potatoes). I want to clarify a previous reviewer's mention of price: Geneva is among the top 5 most expensive cities in the world, so expecting to eat an enormous meal for $10US per person is unrealistic. Everything, down to the smallest bag of potato chips, is much more expensive than elsewhere. That said, Zara 2001 is quite a bargain. two servings of the vegetarian combination, plus two lagers, was 57 Swiss Francs, but included a huge portion-- much more than my wife and I were able to eat between us. As any vegan who's been to Geneva can attest, it's extremely hard to find enormous portions of good, hot vegan food, regardless of the price.

In terms of atmosphere, there was a great, very vibrant community of folks playing cards at the table behind us, which we really enjoyed. It really felt as though there's a huge community of regulars!

So, to summarize, friendly staff, huge portions, tasty, and cheap for Geneva!

Pros: Great food, Huge Portions, Nice atmosphere

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Great food! - Edit

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful ethiopian style meal at Zara 2001. The place is very informal and many locals came and went to hang out with the owner(s.) Our food was fresh, flavorful and not too spicy. The primary language is french, which I speak, so translating could be a challenge for some guests. There were english speaking guests at the restaurant that could assist in ordering. The vegetarian plate on the ethiopian menu has no butter and Is completely vegan. If ordering from their Indian style food menu, be aware they may use ghee. I will say this was the best ethiopian food I have eaten in a long time.

Pros: Excellent Food, Fresh, Even still yummy to eat as a leftover at 3 am

Cons: A bit pricey

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Good Eritrean food - Edit

The staff at Zara 2001 was very friendly and it is clearly the Eritrean hangout in Geneva.

Overall, the food was good, maybe a bit too spicy at times--but be careful as a vegan, as some items are made with ghee.

Like everything in Geneva, it is pretty expensive, but what can you do?

Worth a visit if you like Ethiopian/Eritrean food!

Pros: Portions, Friendly Staff, Good food

Cons: Ghee, A bit chilly

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first timer Ethiopian food - Edit

I was skeptic about the hole in the wall restaurant when I searched in Geneva for a vegetarian place to eat. I'd read the other review before I ordered, so I went with the spinach dish. When it arrived, the nice man showed me how to eat it, bcz, I had no idea. Perhaps he saw that on my face when he served it to me. The wait time was not bad, not super quick, but not too long.
Cleanliness was ok, there were smokers watching the football game behind me, even though there is a no smoking sign. But the food was worth the wait. Fun to eat and yummy, filling to boot. I ate at 4, late lunch, won't need dinner.
That's about all.

Pros: close to main train station, reasonably priced, yummy

Cons: smoking, I could imagine it would be loud if full, no vegan options

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Yum! - Edit

My husband's vegan and I'm vegetarian, we ordered the veg ethiopian platter and I ate all the spinach (cooked with butter). It was super tasty. We also got the shuro as well which was just a little on the spicy side. We are big eaters and were very full for a decent price. Though, we both ordered "limonade menthe" for our drinks, expecting a traditional sort of lemonade with some fresh mint added, and instead it was just like a mint syrup in water. We should've asked instead of assuming - but don't order it unless you want to suck your after-dinner mint through a straw.

Pros: Right amount of spicy, good service, very filling!

Cons: wtf mint lemonade, tiny bathroom

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