This spot earned a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guide in 2019 for its welcoming atmosphere, affordable prices, and unique menu that’s helmed by Tiyo Shibabaw. “The chef/owner is from Ethiopia, but she’s doing a kind of Burmese-African-fusion-inspired cuisine, which is really fantastic. She opened her roti shop Aman Cafe, next door, which is definitely a highlight of Oakland right now.” Stop by during lunch to dig into specials like Coconut Curry (with veggies or shrimp) and gluten-free Teni Spicy Noodles (with veggies, chicken, or shrimp) for just $14 or $15, or go all out for dinner with roti and dips and an array of curried options, plus Orange Saffron Lemon Cake that’s served with Coconut Ice Cream for dessert. Teni East also offers a full bar, with craft cocktails.
How to enjoy: Walk-ins only for dine in. Order online for pickup.