Stepping into Balageru Restaurant along Blackstock Road is like stepping into a traditional Ethiopian village, with the unmistakable aroma of that quintessential East African stew, wot, laden with a hint of spice, acting as a prelude to the meal ahead. This Finsbury Park restaurant is special in north London for it’s family-friendly and family-run vibe, given a boost by a menu that takes in all the classics, vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
Starters and side dishes at Finsbury Park’s Balageru Restaurant are essential to prepare for the typically filling next course. A simple habesha salad, with onion, tomatoes, and green chillies dressed in olive oil and lemon juice is already a fiery way to begin – many Ethiopian and East African dishes make liberal use of hot chilli peppers – while the milder palates of timid London might enjoy the Arabic-tinged puree of chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini sauce, olive oil and garlic (otherwise known as hummus) served with pita bread.
Turning to Balageru Restaurant’s main courses, you can choose between chicken stuff, lamb stuff, or beef stuff – perhaps one of the most comprehensive and well-catalogued selections of meaty stuff in this part of London. Try stews like the chicken yedero wot be-fitfit, the lamb-based derek yebeg tibs, or the beefy special kitfo. To cap all this hot stuff off, Balageru’s Blackstock Road premises are easily reached from Finsbury Park station.