17 Restaurants in London: Ethiopian

Foodies loving Ethiopian restaurants in London

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.

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Lalibela

Kentish Town
Ethiopian££££
5.3/6227
Lalibela

Harar Restaurant

Vauxhall
Ethiopian££££
5.5/64
Harar Restaurant

Bisha Eritrean Restaurant

Holloway
Ethiopian££££
5.3/66
Bisha Eritrean Restaurant
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Balageru

Finsbury Park
Ethiopian££££
6.0/61
Balageru

Addis Ababa Restaurant

Falconer Walk
Ethiopian££££
6.0/61
Addis Ababa Restaurant

Massawa

Highgate
Ethiopian££££
4.3/64
Massawa
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Enset Ethiopian Restaurant

Lambeth
Ethiopian££££
Enset Ethiopian Restaurant

Wolkite Kitfo

Holloway
Ethiopian££££
5.7/630
Wolkite Kitfo

Mesi's Kitchen

Islington
Ethiopian££££
6.0/65
Mesi's Kitchen

Blue Nile

Finsbury Park
Ethiopian££££
5.7/63
Blue Nile

Marathon Restaurant

Barnsbury
Ethiopian££££
5.0/61
Marathon Restaurant

Orit Ethiopian

Wandsworth
Ethiopian££££
Orit Ethiopian

Red Sea Restaurant

Camberwell
Ethiopian££££
Red Sea Restaurant

Nile Restaurant

Stockwell
Ethiopian
Nile Restaurant

Asmara

Brixton
Ethiopian££££
Asmara

Adulis

Wandsworth
Ethiopian
Adulis

Flamingo

Shepherd's Bush
Ethiopian
Flamingo
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    History of Ethiopian restaurants in London

    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.
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    Essential Ethiopian dishes

    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, , chunks of beef sauteed in butter or oil with onion, rosemary, garlic and hot peppers, alongside shiro be kibbe a delicious legume stew, and dishes brimming with lentils, greens and cottage cheese. Another certainty to be found in any London Ethiopian restaurant is the spice mix berbere made from dried chillies, fenugreek, nigella seeds, false cardamom and a plethora of other herbs and spices, as well as niter kibbeh a clarified butter infused with fenugreek, cardamom and nutmeg.
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    Not only for meat-lovers: vegetarian and vegan friendly Ethiopian dishes

    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.
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    No visit to an Ethiopian restaurant in London is complete without coffee

    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.
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    How to find the best Ethiopian restaurants in London

    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.