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Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant [London]

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On Saturday I lunched at a marvelous little Ethiopian restaurant flying so low under the radar that it isn’t even listed on googlemaps… but I did find it on some websites after a search today, since I now have its name. I’d thus far eaten at Marathon, Kokeb, St Gabriel Café, and Asmara, and although they all had their good points, I enjoyed this the best of all. Gojo, 171a Ladbrooke Grove, is just yards up the road from Ladbrooke Grove tube station; emerge, turn right & go under the bridge, on your left is a black-railed stairway going to the basement location underneath the Select Food & Wine shop. Across the street is the back entrance to Portobello Road’s clothing market. It’s a bit dimly lit & small but pleasant. I had the yesge wot (lamb), missir (red spiced lentils), and gomen (collard greens). The really sweet server asked me worriedly if I was dining alone or was someone joining me – I laughed and said no, but not to worry, I brought takeaway containers. I must say that these were the most generous servings I’ve experienced yet, so I felt value very good. Flavors were deeper and richer than previous experiences here in London too. I just had leftovers for lunch and the slightly over-sharp acidity in the yesge wot has mellowed wonderfully; the missir is richly flavored, with a slight sweetness not discernible Saturday. There was a nice mild hotness glow from it all. All was accompanied by 2 large freshly made, soft and spongy injera. I am Most pleased and will likely return before trying another place. The only slight downsides were that it could have been served a little hotter in temperature, and if it’s busy, you might have to wait for the food to arrive. Hours are M-F 1-11, Sa-Su 12-11. Now I need to encounter the Eritrean man I met at our Caffe Nero and tell him his recommendation was a Definite HIT!!

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  1. Nice review - thanks! I love Ethiopian food, and am glad to know of any "new" spots that offer it.

      1. Thanks; I have been craving Ethiopian food and wondered if London had any. Is the restaurant in the basement? Are there signs for Gojo outside? Must try it when I'm over in that neighborhood.

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        1. re: lecker

          lecker, if you look at the first photo, you'll see their sign but it is behind the railing so a bit hard to see. Yes, it is in the basement - go down those stairs. I plan on a visit soon as I'm back in London in a fortnight or so.

          1. re: FeastFinder

            Thanks. I didn't notice it until you pointed it out; I was daydreaming and thinking about the last time I had good Ethiopian food, which may have been in Amsterdam. I wish there was a way that I could attach a photo to locations I save on my google maps.