In an unassuming building among the red-brick residential houses on Leeds’ Ashley Road is some of the Midland’s finest Ethiopian food. Called Abyssinia, named after the ancient East African Kingdom, this laid-back restaurant serves up a wide variety of Ethiopian specialties at affordable prices. Huge portions and amazing flavours make this restaurant’s cuisine stand out, and the friendly staff makes guests feel just like family. Healthy and filling, the cuisine at Abyssinia in Harehills is out of the ordinary, in the best possible way.
Vegans and meat lovers alike are raving about the unique specialties on offer at Leeds’ Abyssinia on Ashley Road. The perfect cuisine for sharing, food from the Ethiopian kitchen is healthy and delicious. With a variety of dips and stews served atop an amazing sourdough flatbread called injera, it makes for a unique dining experience which allows guests to feel comfortable eating with their hands. Best shared with great friends or family, Ethiopian is ideal for sampling due to the large portions and the many different options.
The decor in Abyssinia is simple but charming, allowing diners to fully focus on the food in front of them rather than their surroundings. Vegans and vegetarians feel well taken care of at this cosy establishment, with plenty of veg-friendly stews and wat on offer. For meat eaters, tibs are a common specialty. Made of sauteed meat with vegetables, ranging from mild to spicy, it’s perfect for eating with a large helping of injera. The perfect restaurant for showing your date how cultured you are, a trip to Abyssinia in Leeds’ Harehills makes for an exciting culinary experience that won’t soon be forgotten.
a unique and completely different experience. Great value for money for the amount of food provided. Very friendly service. We were made to feel very welcome.
Lovely little hidden gem. Food was incredible, so tasty and unique. Get the Abyssinia Special which is the big shared plate, we had 2 of them between 4 of us but struggled to finish, so I reckon one of them would feed 3! The owner was really friendly and laid back. Good value food and nice atmosphere. We'll be back.
Had a great time, lovely food and fantastic service. The feast option is recommended, you get to try a bunch of different dishes and it's a lot of fun.
Lovely food. 3 of us had the sharing platter (£25) and ordered one extra dish (ribs, £8), which turned out to be a bit too much (but we took the leftovers home in a doggy bag). With 4 soft drinks (£1 each) and coffee (£5), the bill came to £42, which we felt was amazing value. By the way, they don't serve alcohol.
Having won the best in Leeds award I was expecting something special. Ethiopian food is a mystery to us so we were studying the menu to try find something suitable for us. The very pleasant owner suggested that we try the platter. The problem was that there was too many varied things on it. some of which we liked and others we didn't. In retrospect we should have persevered with our own choices. the décor and general cleanliness of the place left a little to be desired, but the food was fresh and tasty (even if we did struggle with some of it). it is worth giving this place a try but don't make it a special night out.
Very friendly and welcoming place, with good music and lively decor. We had a 'tasting platter' of various vegetarian and meat dishes. The lentil and lamb dishes were the best. We struggled a bit with the inerja bread and resorted to forks in the end. The coffee was outstanding. Good, attentive service too.
Great experience with friendly host. I'd recommend the sharing platters to get an idea of this unusual cuisine. The coffee ceremony is great fun with beans roasted freshly for you. Worth a visit.
Great food and great service! The food is presented in an authentic style, the coffee was awesome! Budget meal out with a real difference, I will be back.
A lovely meal - and probably the best Ethiopian food I've had - here or in Ethiopia! And the coffee was superb. We'll be back!
Food was very good spice just write need to offer forks at least Coffee nice but £7 very expensive £24 for meal ok but won't be going again