21 August 2014


137 Fortress Road, London NW5 2HR

£33.00 North African Kentish Town
  • Wine: £15.95
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 6pm-12M

Square Meal Review of Lalibela ?

Lalibela is one of the holiest cities in Ethiopia, & while this eponymous restaurant might not be a centre of gastronomic pilgrimage, it certainly has devotees. The two-floor dining area is heady with the smell of frankincense, & has African artefacts packed into every corner. Your hands are your eating implements: ideal for tearing pieces of spongy, slightly sour injera bread & scooping up highly spiced curries packed with fish, meat or veg & served in earthenware vessels. Fresh salads add some much-needed lightness. It’s all feisty, filling stuff, great for sharing with groups of friends. The ceremonial coffee pouring is a fitting way to end meals, though that’s not the only libation offered – there are surprisingly good cocktails too. Happily, meals don’t cost much more than £20.

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  1. Lalibela

    137 Fortress Road, London NW5 2HR
    Overall rating:
    Vikki P.
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 5

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  1. Lalibela, named after the Ethiopian town famed for its monolithic rock-hewn churches, is overflowing with Ethiopian chintz from vaguely religious iconography to a photo of Haile Selassie and Winston Churchill. The hard wooden chairs can be brutally uncomfortable though – especially the odd benches surrounding an oversized coffee table used for seating large groups. Service, while friendly, can be achingly slow. On a quiet day, it’s merely ponderous. But when the place is packed out on a Friday or Saturday evening, it becomes life-sappingly glacial...
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