DEMERA – “Tradition Served Family-Style”
Demera opened its doors in November of 2007, and quickly rose in both popularity and prestige, winning awards and recognition from local and national publications alike. Over a decade later, Demera Ethiopian Restaurant has grown to become one of Chicago’s favorite Ethiopian restaurants and a staple of the Ethiopian-American community of Chicago. Situated within the vibrant and colorful neighborhood of Uptown, Demera serves Chicago residents and visitors daily, allowing guests to experience Ethiopian hospitality and a whole lot of flavor.
ABOUT TIGIST REDA
Demera’s owner, Tigist Reda, was born and raised in Ethiopia and has lived in Chicago for the past 20(+) years. She learned the secrets of traditional Ethiopian cuisine from the elder women in her family, by helping them to prepare family meals and banquets. As an adult, Tigist discovered that she had a passion for entertaining guests and for sharing herself and her family’s culture with them. Several months later, with the help of her former husband, Tigist opened Demera Ethiopian Restaurant and began serving authentic Ethiopian cuisine to the public.
For many of the guests experiencing Demera Ethiopian Restaurant, for the first time or as repeat customers, what impresses and fascinates them the most is not only the exciting flavors, excellent service, and exotic traditions of Ethiopia but also the experience of communal “family-style” hand-eaten meals shared among family and friends.
Demera has been recognized and received excellent reviews from the Chicago press, such as: Eater 38 Essential Chicago Restaurants, Hungry Hound, Yelp, Zagat, Check Please!, And Michelin Guide Recommended, among others.
Came here two days ago for a small birthday dinner. So delicious! For a table of 5, we ordered the sambussa sampler and the family style platter sampler, and had so much food we were stuffed to the gills by the end. With shared plates, you can always tell what the best dishes are by what disappears fastest, and for us that was first the Ye-Asa Wot (tilapia), then the Kik Alicha (split yellow pea) and third was the Tikle Gomen (cabbage and carrots). I love Ethiopian food and am typically an Ethiopian Diamond loyalist but I think I'll make this place one of my regular spots.
First time here at an Ethiopian restaurant in Chicago. I like that there is plenty of seating and the decor is a nice nod to the Ethiopian culture. I got the four meat special: Yebeg wot (lamb), Doro wot (chicken), zilwa ribs and the beef ribs. All spicy and good. I had enough injera too. Even though I usually like the real teff dark grey injera. I was full and the salad was good. It is more than enough for sure. I wish I had a little bit more sauce/wot in all of them. I liked the woven basket the injera was served in. Especially the doro wot (chicken with boiled egg) The staff was friendly and I did not have to wait long for my food. I went around 7pm on a week day so it was not too crowded and I had ample seating. I liked the decor, and also that they were playing Ethiopian music which to me just adds to the true experience and culture. I wish they sold the berebere chili powder to you can buy it and take some home:) I have seen that sold at other restaurants.
Came here for a date night and we were pleased. We heard the wait is long, but it was well worth the 20 minute wait for them to get our table ready. We started with the sambusa. Crispy and flakey on the outside with a nice flavorful filling. Similar to an Indian samosa, which I love, so this hit the spot for me. Our main course was the vegetarian platter. We tried a variety of the vegetarian dishes. It wasn't like other Ethiopian places where all of the dishes tasted the same. They all had their own distinctive taste. My only complaint was that I wish some of them were spicier, but that's just my personal preference. Service was great and our waitress was very attentive. Definitely recommend trying this restaurant!