Words: Shamim de Brún
In the next couple of weeks the restaurant are going to add a ‘Gursha Shop’ selling Teff-based products and Sidamo Coffee.
Their first products will include Teff Pancake and Waffle Mix, and Sidamo Coffee. During the months to come, they plan to add teff Crisps, Teff Cereals and als Ethiopian Spices (Berebere and Shiro).
In Ethiopia, gursha refers to a mouthful of food that one hand-feeds to another as an act of friendship and community. It’s a bonding ritual, an affirmation of affection. Since so much of the taste and enjoyment of food is about texture, your hands function as another way of exploring the feel, the consistency, the make-up of your food. Of course, they also offer a knife and fork, though most diners tend to opt for the traditional approach.
Gursha is very much a hands-on family affair. Mel, who moved to Dublin from Ethiopia in 1995 and grew up in Bayside, had been working in a bank until a visit to Ethiopia in 2018 sparked the idea of introducing Dublin to Ethiopian cuisine. Mel then enlisted his cousin Ciara Moore to help him run the legendary supper club, which is still talked about in reverent whispers among the few who got their hands on the seemingly golden tickets.
Gursha got a permanent venue a few years later and has been a mainstay since. Head to their Instagram for more information on their latest evolution.
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