Peter Harper, a professional saxophonist, and his wife Enushu (singer/chef) have brought a point of difference to Johnston Street since opening in 2007. Built on the foundations of solid, authentic Ethiopian cuisine and live music, The Horn has established itself as a leading, northside Ethio-eatery. Well, there’s not that much competition, but if there were, The Horn would surely have it covered.

With live music performances (including residencies) playing out from Thursday to Sunday, owners Harper and Enushu also pull off their aprons and take to the stage with their Ethiopian jazz, funk, hip-hop ensemble The Black Jesus Experience. So it’s clearly all happening here. It’s the sort of place you’ll find first-timers, locals and even Ethio-jazz godfather Mulatu Astatke hanging when next in town.

There are some rather offbeat opening times at The Horn, but when they’re flying all is forgiven with Ethiopian red stew (Kye Wot) and lamb ribs fried with green chillies worth waiting for. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and organic options are all available. There’s a courtyard down back, a diverse range of African beers to swig and organic, single blend Sidamo Ethiopian Coffee for pep. Group and party bookings are popular as are traditional Ethiopian Coffee ceremonies. Interesting, huh?