Restaurant Mesob logo, african restaurant Oulu, Ethiopian and Eritrean food in Oulu.

An authentic and warm East African restaurant in the center of Oulu

About Mesob

Mesob is a colorful bread basket woven by hand from palm leaves, where injera bread is stored. In addition to storing injera, the mesob serves as a dining table. A large plate called meadi/gebeta is placed inside the mesob, which contains, in addition to injera, various sauces and salad. You sit around it and it means communal eating. Eating by the mesob is culturally and socially important. Mesob is widely precieved as a cultural symbol.

Restaurant Mesob is the first Eritrean and Ethiopian restaurant in Finland. Mesob is a warm, cozy, personal, family-owned restaurant in the center of Oulu, which offers authentic Eritrean and Ethiopian healthy food for non-vegetarians, vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free and lactose-free.

Our principle is to support local businesses and try to use as much as we can, organic products. That’s why we use fresh, seasonal ingredients like vegetables, chicken, beef, lamb, fish, from the local area, and our menu changes accordingly. In our kitchen, everything is made from scratch and we use quality ingredients. We do not use ready made ingredients.

Come and experience an authentic Eritrean and Ethiopian evening at Mesob! Enjoy good food, an evening and experience the relaxing atmosphere of Mesob with family, friends, loved ones and colleagues. We offer quality wines, cocktails and mocktails! A table can be booked for a group through a reservation, due to the small space.

Dinner is served twice at: 17:00-19:00 and at: 19:30-22:00. The table must be reserved for two hours. The staff of Mesob welcome you!

Exceptions and events:

  • We are on summer vacation from July 1th 2024 to August 4th 2024. However, you can freely make reservations using the reservation form for August and from August onwards.
Ravintola Mesob Oulu, afrikkalainen ravintola, Etiopialainen ja Eritrealainen ruoka.

Restaurant Mesob

Isokatu 13, 90100 Oulu

+358 4497 715 21

info@ravintolamesob.fi

You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram!

Commentary

Berbere

Eritrean and Ethiopian spice mixture. Contains more than 12 spices, e.g. chili pepper, onion, garlic, ginger, korerima, nutmeg, fenugreek and more.

Mitmita

Is a spice mix and contains chili pepper, korerima and salt. Mitmita is used to season kitfo.

Shiro

Chickpea powder containing berbere, cumin, basil, korerima and salt. Shiro powder is used to make shiro sauce.

Korerima

Is an Eritrean and Ethiopian cardamom. The spice is used in many different Eritrean and Ethiopian dishes, such as berbere and mitmita spice mixes.

Tesmi/Niter kibbeh

Is a flavored and clarified ghee butter used in Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine.

Awaze

A sauce made by mixing different ingredients, for example: berbere, water, lemon juice and olive oil.

Senafitch

Eritrean and Ethiopian mustard. It has a sour and spicy taste. Senafitch is used in various salads such as azifa.

Ajubo/Ayib

Eritrean and Ethiopian homemade cottage cheese.

Tibsi/Tibs

Food quickly fried in a hot pan. The main ingredient is a protein-based, mixed with spices and vegetables.

Alicha

It is a mild sauce that is simmered in a garlic, ginger and turmeric based sauce.

Tsebhi/Wot

Tsebhi is a stew translated into English. Tsebhi contains either chicken, beef, lamb, fish, lentils, legumes or vegetables, and berebere spice is used. It is often served with injera.

Koronsho

Koronsho is oven dried and seasoned teff injera bread.

Injera

Injera (also known as taita) is an Eritrean and Ethiopian sourdough bread. The appearance of the bread resembles a flatbread, but the taste is sour due to fermentation. Injera is the basis of Eritrean and Ethiopian food culture because you eat with this bread. There is no need for a fork and knife because the injera serves as an utensil. Injera is eaten from a large plate called meadi/gebeta, which symbolizes community and unites the group around the table. At Mesob, injera is mostly made from taf/teff flour and other natural gluten-free flours. Taf is a gluten-free grain that is full of iron and calcium. Taf flour is perfect for gluten-free eaters.

Tsebhi/wot

The most important traditional dish of Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine is tsebhi/wot (stew translated into English), which is served with a sourdough bread called injera. Typically, the dish consists of injera, tsebhi, tibsi and salad. Tsebhi contains either chicken, beef, lamb, fish, vegetables, lentils or legumes. At Mesob, our tsebhi/wot and tibsi are gluten-free and lactose-free. All our vegetarian dishes are vegan.

Bun/Buna

Ethiopia is the country of origin of coffee. According to the story, an old shepherd got unusually alert goats when the goats ate berries from a certain bush. The alertness was caused by the refreshing caffeine of the coffee bean, and thus the effect of coffee was observed in the Kaffa region of Ethiopia. Bun or buna means coffee.

Coffee is a big part of ancient Eritrean and Ethiopian culture. Eritrean and Ethiopian culture includes having a coffee ceremony. During the ceremony, the coffee is roasted, ground and served to the guests. During roasting, participants in the coffee ceremony smell the aromatic smoke of the coffee by waving the smoke towards themselves. After roasting, the beans are ground. Ground coffee is put into a traditional clay-based coffee pot called Jebena and the coffee is boiled. Brewed coffee is traditionally served with popcorn and frankincense. The coffee ceremony is consumed slowly.

Oulussa sijaitsevan ravintola mesobin Buna tarkoittaa kahvia.

Mies/Tej honey wine

Oululainen ravintola mesob hunajaviini Mies.

Mies (in Tigrinya, pronounced mess) or Tej (in Amharic) is a fermented wine made from honey, water and gesho leaves. It is a kind of honey wine. Mies strongly belongs to Eritrean and Ethiopian food culture and is prepared for special occasions, such as weddings or parties. The drink itself is over 3000 years old and goes well with our food because of its freshness.

Meadi/Gebeta – The real Eritrean and Ethiopian experience with your party!

Just like in Eritrea and Ethiopia, Mesob’s combo meads also include a generous selection of starters, salad, injera and main dishes – something for everyone. When you want to spend a nice evening in good company, the Eritrean and Ethiopian way of setting the table with several dishes at a time is perfect for this. The Eritrean and Ethiopian way of eating is communal, and we also want to encourage that in our restaurants. Mesob’s combo includes a great selection of dishes from the menu – not forgetting special diets. Mesob’s combos are served for groups of at least two people.
Ravintola Mesob Oulu, afrikkalainen ravintola, Etiopialainen ja Eritrealainen ruoka.

Tip – Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine

Injera is eaten by tearing off a piece of bread, traditionally with the right hand, of course after washing the hands. Injera has two different sides, the bubbly side, and the flat side. The bubble side is placed on top of the sauce and the sauce is scooped off with your fingers. The main thing is to use the injera as a base through which you pick up the sauce. The meal is complete when not only all the dishes are eaten, but also when the injera on the bottom is eaten. The most important part of Eritrean and Ethiopian food culture is being together, sharing food from the same plate and feeding others, which is called kulaso/gursha. This shows love, care and respect.

In Eritrea and Ethiopia, food is brought from a large plate called Meadi, always in the middle of the table to be shared among the whole party. This way you can experience different flavors and flavor combinations. Every Eritrean and Ethiopian table includes injera, salad and chicken, beef, lamb, fish, vegetables, lentil or legume sauces. For groups of more than 2 people, we recommend ready-made meadi combos, which you can find on our menu.

PRIVATE EVENT

Are you planning an occasion that you would like to spend in an atmospheric environment? Book the entire restaurant for your event outside opening hours! Our restaurant accomodates up to 35 people and we offer a three-course meal package and a wine package. Contact us by email, and we can discuss more about the details.

Events that can be organized in Mesob, for example:

For private persons:

  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • Karonkka
  • Graduation
  • Groups
  • Bachelor party

For companies:

  • Company party
  • Meeting
  • Christmas party
  • Tyky days
  • Organizations

Come and enjoy the evening at Mesob’s!

Enjoy the evening and experience the relaxing atmosphere of Mesob with family, friends, loved ones and colleagues. You can secure a table for a group through a reservation. 

Table reservations can be made using the reservation form or by phone.

Dinner is served

Friday

1. at: 17.00-19.00
2. at: 19.30-22:00

Saturday

1. at: 17.00-19.00
2. at: 19.30-22:00

Table Reservation Form

The reservation made on the form is confirmed when the Mesob staff confirms it.




    *The restaurant is open Fri-Sat from 17:00 to 22:00. Dinner is served twice at: 17:00-19:00 and at: 19:30-22:00.

    Contact

    Isokatu 13
    90100 Oulu

    info@ravintolamesob.fi
    044 977 1521

    www.ravintolamesob.fi

    Ravintola mesob oulu oiva-raportti.

    Opening hours

    FRI-SAT at 17:00 – 22:00 o’clock

    We cover dinner twice at: 17:00-19:00 and at: 19:30-22:00.

    The table must be reserved for two hours. Reservations can be made using the reservation form and by phone. The reservation made on the form is confirmed when the Mesob staff confirms it.

    Exceptions and events:

    • We are on summer vacation from July 1th 2024 to August 4th 2024. However, you can freely make reservations using the reservation form for August and from August onwards.

    Gift cards

    FRI-SAT at 17:00 – 22:00 o’clock

    You can purchase a gift card from our restaurant when we are open.