Review: Selam

1620 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709

Born in Ethiopia and Somalia respectively, chefs Faiza Farah and Tsedey Seifu now call Oakland home. Together they founded the cultural project Afro Urbanites, with the aim of exposing the world to the “New African” and connecting young, creative individuals.

One way they accomplish that goal is through food. Their pop-up kitchen Selam appears every first Saturday at the Guerilla Café in Berkeley. Named after the Ethiopian word for “peace,” Selam is a place for guests to have a tranquil dining experience while tasting modern Ethiopian cuisine (with a “California twist”) lovingly made from local, sustainable ingredients.

Visit their website for event dates and to RSVP to dinner. The restaurant is cash only.

Read about more pop-up restaurants in the Bay Area.

Take BART to the Downtown Berkeley station. Walk to Shattuck Avenue.

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