London is famous for being a cultural melting pot – not only in terms of those living or visiting the city, but in terms of its culinary culture as well. Throughout the city you will find unique restaurants dedicated to broadening the gastronomic minds of Londoners with their spectacular cuisines. One such cuisine is Ethiopian, and London restaurants specialising in this rich, vibrant and deeply historic cuisine have garnered themselves loyal followings of London foodies in love with their unique dishes. Whether it’s to partake in Ethiopian dining traditions like gursha which is the practice of feeding close friends and family a bite during the meal, or to indulge in some unique dishes or drink a traditional Ethiopian coffee, you’ll find all this and much more at Ethiopian restaurants in London – start your search now.
So, how did Ethiopian restaurants end up in London? In 1974, the first wave of Ethiopian immigration began due to civil unrest, with many being political refugees. Following this, in 1991, another wave of Ethiopian refugees relocated to the United Kingdom, which resulted in an increase in community groups and networks forming, leading to this East African community becoming a strong and extremely well-integrated group within the UK, and specifically London. As a result of this immigration and community support, restaurants began to spring up throughout London, and Ethiopian restaurants in London began as a way for refugees and immigrants to feel closer to their home and heritage, and spread their rich culture and delicious cuisine to foodies throughout London.
Ethiopian restaurants in London certainly pay homage to the traditional techniques and dishes of Ethiopian cuisine, and at any space you’re guaranteed to find the classic dish, injera. Made from teff, an ancient grain high in protein, calcium and iron, teff is a large, naturally gluten-free flatbread topped with various stews or dishes, that you tear into with your hands, and use it to scoop up individual mouthfuls, always with your right hand mind you. Dishes that generally go atop injera, that you’re sure to find in London’s Ethiopian restaurants include wats, spicy stews and curries,
Ethiopian cuisine boasts a unique culinary history steeped in tradition. As a result, it is not only one of the world’s healthiest and most flavoursome cuisines, it also is one of the best choices for those following a plant-based diet. One example of why this is the case, is that, during Lent the vast majority of people follow a strictly vegan diet, omitting all meat and dairy from their meals during this time, which has resulted to a large variety of veggie options on all menus, which has carried through to London Ethiopian restaurant menus. One dish we recommend you indulge in when visiting an Ethiopian restaurant in London, is bayenetu, a colouful smorgasbord of vegetarian dishes arranged on a round of injera brimming with flavour and health benefits making it the perfect choice for those avoiding meat-based choices.
It’s certainly no secret that Ethiopia grows some of the best coffee in the world. In fact, it’s been said that there are thought to be several varieties still undiscovered. Ethiopians are fiercely proud of this fact and one very common phrase is buna dabo naw that translates to ‘coffee is our bread’, so when visiting one of London’s Ethiopian restaurants it’s simply a must that you sample one of their rich, thick and powerful brews.
Finding an Ethiopian restaurant in London has never been easier. With Quandoo, all you have to do is filter your search by cuisine type, in this case Ethiopian, choose the area you want to dine, select your price point and we’ll do the rest by showing you the best Ethiopian restaurants London has to offer. So why not try something a little different for once? This rich, diverse and immensely flavoursome cuisine has a lot to offer, and we have a feeling you’re going to love it. So book one of London’s best Ethiopian restaurants with Quandoo and prepare your tastebuds for a meal they certainly won’t forget in a hurry.