2715 E. Cherry-B
Seattle, WA 98122

(206) 328-0404

Directions to Cafe Selam


10 AM to 9 PM



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  Contact: Abebu Wondem 206-328-0404

Cafe Selam Prepares Ethiopian Cuisine Using Organic Ingredients While Infusing a Unique Middle Eastern Twist

(Seattle, WA.) – Abebu Wondem, one of Seattle’s original Ethiopian cooks, opened Cafe Selam in Seattle’s historic Madrona neighborhood in 2003. “Cafe Selam” translated to Amharic means “Cafe Peace.”

cafe selam ethiopian restaurant seattle pressThe restaurant is located at 2715 E. Cherry St. Hours are 10AM to 9PM. The Menu includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner selections.

Cafe Selam is a distinctive member of a growing number of Ethiopian-owned establishments in the Seattle area that have positively impacted the city’s culinary lifestyle and nightlife.

An immigrant from Ethiopia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and finally the United States, Ms. Wondem brings a Middle-Eastern influence that establishes her uncommon signature as a culinary artist (sample the fava bean and feta cheese based dish “Foul”).

A chat with Ms. Wondem reveals a few reasons why her menu stands apart:

*Ingera (the spongy bread that is the Alpha and Omega of Ethiopian Cuisine) should always be made in the traditional two-day method. Quick-rise agents frequently used by many Ingera makers ruin flavor and encourage indigestion.

*As in Ethiopia, ingredients should be organic whenever possible. Using non-organic ingredients may cut costs, but will also diminish the flavor, texture, and purity of the food (sample the Vegetarian Combination platter that features all organic spiced lentil dishes).

*Ethiopian Food should be prepared and served fresh. Generally we find that after sitting for hours (or days), food simply doesn’t taste good. Ms. Wondem is dedicated to serving fresh food with good ingredients—using choice meats, olive oil, etc. (sample the Beef or Lamb Tib platters).

In summary, Cafe Selam provides a welcoming and casual environment. Unique food is served at an affordable price that rarely grants one such high quality ingredients and treatment.