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Best Ethiopian restaurant in London?

Peaches to Poutine Aug 25, 2010 04:38 AM

Going to in London for a week in late September and am looking for what you would consider the best Ethiopian restaurant in the city. I live in Montreal and sadly, there is no consensus between the two apparently lone restaurants here. My husband puts it like this, "If they're both aggressively mediocre, then it probably wouldn't be reflective of how good a meal we could have."

No search on CH comes up with what I am looking for you so I ask you: suggestions?

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    baboon Oct 26, 2011 08:15 AM

    Kokeb on Roman Way, five mins from Caledonain Road tube. As someone who has been to Adulis tens of times, I can say that Kokeb has a wider, more interesting menu (and I love Adulis). Dishes I haven't seen at other Ethiopipan or Eritrean restaurants, and very friendly, very chilled out.

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      Tash Aug 19, 2011 02:01 PM

      I would try Abyssinia Restaurant in Cricklewood. Maybe Kilburn is a bit of a trek when you are on holiday but the food is good. It has been my only experience of Ethiopian food but the meal was very memorable and stands out.

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        ShekhaV Aug 25, 2011 07:49 AM

        Similarly far is Muna's I went there a couple of years ago and she is super helpful and everything was really delicious. Not sure if it still is but if it's still her doing all the cooking then im sure it's good. Its 88 Green Lanes in Harringay.

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          Colin4May Aug 30, 2011 01:15 AM

          I've only ever been to one, Dahlak in Brixton. So not got much to compare it with, but it seemed friendly and the food was tasty and different!

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        jacksojp Aug 18, 2011 08:15 PM

        Mosob, Maida Hill.

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          brokentelephone Aug 25, 2011 08:32 AM

          I tried Mosob a few years back and didn't come off thinking I was too keen on eating Eritrean food again soon.

          We sat on the floor and shared this big injera covered with all sorts of veggie and meat curries, and everything tasted very much the same. I recall preferring the veg over the meat dishes -- perhaps even liked the vegetarian options -- but still wasn't super impressed.

          The service was stellar tho -- they are really proud Eritreans and bring around books and photo albums filled with pictures of the capital city Asmara which happens to be some art deco experiment by Mussolini.

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          lacemaker May 4, 2011 02:45 AM

          My sole non-food cart ethiopian experience is at Wabi shebele, near Elephant and Castle, but I was really impressed with it - good range, great prices, appeared to be very focussed on the food. The area is pretty awful for anything other than ethnic eats, but if you were nearby for some reason (Imperial War Museum, say) I'd give it a try.

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            Nii May 4, 2011 11:00 AM

            Wabi is no longer there - it's now a Turkish restaurant. I think the same guys who ran WB have reopened as Enat Guada further along the Old Kent Road, which is an Ethiopian takeaway.

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              lacemaker May 4, 2011 11:44 AM

              That is bad news - thanks for the heads-up.

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                amarradia Aug 18, 2011 01:29 PM

                by WB do you mean wabi shebele? if so i'll have to venture down to try out Enat Guada. Shame though if its only takeaway.

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                  Nii Aug 19, 2011 09:10 AM

                  Yes, Wabi Shebele has closed.

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                    amarradia Aug 26, 2011 09:03 AM

                    Yeah, I was sad to see it closed. So is Enat Guada definitely the same people as wabi shebele?

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                  amarradia Oct 23, 2011 03:08 PM

                  This place is now back to ethiopian, called Habesha. Could well be the same outfit as the old Wabi Shebele. Anyone been?

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                kennaez May 3, 2011 09:25 AM

                Queen of Shebah in Kentish Town is wonderful. I've not tried the others mentioned here, but this place definitely deserves a mention.

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                  cathodetube Apr 8, 2011 01:09 PM

                  Anyone tried Zeret Kitchen in Camberwell, on Camberwell Road? Heard good things.

                  http://www.zeretkitchen.com

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                    mollybolt May 1, 2011 04:11 AM

                    Have been to Zeret a number of times. Great food, great service. Friday nights are particularly jolly - always full of locals. We've been to Eritrea and Zeret's food is certainly authentic (assuming that Ethiopian and Eritrean food are very similar!). Would v much recommend.

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                    gembellina Aug 25, 2010 08:33 AM

                    Kitfo House in Vauxhall was delicious, but like t_g i have nothing to compare it to. And I think it's Eritrean. And only open for dinner.

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                      Nii Aug 25, 2010 03:49 PM

                      Asmara and Dahlak in Brixton are both good with the latter being Eritrean. There was an Ethiopian/Italian place in Oval, but I'm not sure if it's still there. There's also the Red Sea in Walworth. I haven't been to Wabi shebele in Elephant and Castle, but the consensus is that it's great for pure Ethiopian food!

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                        daisyK Aug 26, 2010 05:03 AM

                        I do a supperclub, A to Z of cuisines and it was E for Ethiopian this week. We went to Merkato and overall everyone loved it - we just asked them to bring out anything and everything. Some found the sour-ish bread you eat your food with a little offputting - I loved it. We said heavy on the spice please, and it was - lamb was v good, chilli toast starter great. Beef was rather dry. Lovely people, definitely worth going to.

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                          Hasan Aug 26, 2010 05:39 AM

                          I would guess the former is Eritrean too given the name, As mentioned above the cuisines are fairly similar, Eritrean restaurants tend to have more seafood options. Merkato was very enjoyable when i went, but that was about 3 years ago.

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                        themags Aug 25, 2010 04:55 AM

                        Adulis near Oval tube (Northern line) is great - however it's Eritrean, not Ethiopian but it's similar in that it's served with injera. http://www.adulis.co.uk/ There's a couple of Ethiopian places I've been meaning to try - particularly one on the Caledonian Road called Merkato - maybe I should go and report back asap?!

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                          Peaches to Poutine Aug 25, 2010 07:49 AM

                          Sure! That would be cool!

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                            t_g Aug 25, 2010 08:10 AM

                            ive been to merkato and really enjoyed it! but thats the only ethiopian place ive ever been to so...

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                              themags Aug 25, 2010 08:57 AM

                              From what I understand there's little difference between much of Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisines except a language difference - the bits around the borders of the two countries have gone back and forth so many dishes are similar. Some Eritrean cuisine does have an Italian colonial influence. I can't say I know Ethiopian food super-well - I have been to a few places in the States (Blue Nile in Detroit was particularly good - the can't remember the name place in Wash DC less so). I've made injera at home with some spicy wat and stewed greens which tasted great but never having been to the country I don't know how authentic they were.

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                                t_g Aug 25, 2010 01:33 PM

                                this eritrean place has been reviewed on a few blogs, ppl seem to like it - http://www.zignihouse.com/index.php

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                                  themags Aug 25, 2010 05:28 PM

                                  I don't rate this place at all. They were super pushy to have us all have the buffet - I wanted to order off the menu but they weren't having it! This was a couple of years ago so possibly it's changed but to be honest it was so terrible I won't be going back ever.

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                              cathodetube Aug 25, 2010 01:54 PM

                              Adulis was recommended to me by some Ethiopians I met who sell food and delicious coffee at the Elephant and Castle market on Sunday. Haven't been there yet though.

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