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Derae Restaurant Restaurant Review: Derae Restaurant is located next to a convenience store, and its exterior doesn’t look especially fancy. And its interior, with a tiled floor and tiny dining room, doesn’t scream gourmet. The kitchen, however, produces some of the most authentic Ethiopian, Eritrean and Mediterranean cooking in Memphis. The Ethiopian food varies by the day, but platters are typically served with a couple of lentil dishes, green beans, sautéed kale, seasoned cabbage, and an occasional okra and eggplant sauté. Spongy injera acts as a vehicle for scooping up the food (no need for forks). Other dishes of note include the hanid and rice (goat meat and rice), ful (a fava bean stew served with yogurt and wheat rolls), and fish and rice (marinated kingfish steak). Derae doesn’t serve alcohol, but don’t miss the spiced hot tea.