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Lalibela

Kentish Town · African · ££££
Excellent
5.2/6
155 Reviews

About Lalibela

Do you want to take your date somewhere out of the ordinary, where dining isn’t just about flavour, but rather about sharing a cultural experience? At Lalibela Ethiopian restaurant, the food is experienced with all of the senses, enhanced further by eating with the hands and soaking up all of the delightful flavours with injera, a sourdough flatbread. Located on Fortress Road in London’s Tufnell Park, the restaurant is easily accessible by public transit, so there’s absolutely no excuse not to give this tasty cuisine a try.

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Address

Lalibela
137 Fortress Road, Kentish Town
London NW5 2HR

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 6:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Chef's Choice

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Starters

Ye Shiro Fitfit

Rolls of injera soaked in a citrusy sauce with fresh tomatoes, onions and traditional spices
£3.95

Qategna beh Aubergine

Crispy grilled injera served with a creamy aubergine paste
£4.50

Lentil Samosas

Samosas filled with lentils spiced and seasoned with green chilli, coriander and lemon
£4.70
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Mains

Muiser Kik and Alicha Kik

Lentils cooked in a delicious hot sauce accompanied by a mild split peas sauce.
£7.95

Bozona Shiro

Lean prime beef, finely chopped in a smooth blend of chickpeas, shallots and hot spices cooked in a
£9.50

Beg Awaze Tibs

Lamb Fillet cubed and cooked in a traditional spiced chilli paste and cooked in red wine.
£11.95
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Desserts

Baklava

A sweet and flaky pastry made with layers of filo pastry, chopped pistachios, walnuts and honey
£3.55

Chocolate Gateau

Chocolate sponge cake layered with a thick chocolate sauce and light and airy chocolate mousse
£3.95

Tiramisu

Ladyfingers soaked in a blend of premium Ethiopian coffee, cocoa, marscapone cheese and marsala wine
£4.55
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Further Information

If you’re a newbie to Ethiopian cuisine, then London’s Lalibela is the ideal place to experience it for the first time. Usually consisting of a variety of wot (thick stews made from vegetables or meat) served atop a sourdough flatbread called injera, this cuisine is enjoyed best with the hands, utilizing the injera as a sort of eating utensil. Although the touch, taste and smell of the food is likely enough to make you a lifelong fan, this Tufnell Park restaurant’s beautiful décor is the icing on the cake, featuring intricate wood carvings and tapestries that give the interior a cosy yet refined atmosphere.

Lalibela has an extensive menu consisting of options for vegetarians, omnivores, and even coffee lovers. Decide between ordering platters to share, or getting something on your own, like the Duba (Pumpkin) Wot, a stew made with chunks of pumpkin slow-cooked with tomatoes. Lalibela on Fortress Road has a number of great desserts for a sweet conclusion, as well as coffee served in the traditional way. If you’re up for a culinary adventure, this Tufnell Park restaurant is sure to please!

155 Lalibela Reviews

"Excellent"6/6
Elena B.7 days ago · 1 review

GREAT FOOD, LOVELY ATMOSPHERE! returning to Lalibela very soon to spend another lovely evening enjoying delicious food. Joined by 3 vegetarian friends who also managed to make the mostwith the options available to them.

"Excellent"6/6
Miles E.17 days ago · 1 review

This was my second time at Lalibela and both times the food has been outstanding. The restaurant has a good, friendly vibe and the service is great. Top marks

"Excellent"6/6
simon y.a month ago · 1 review

A fun restaurant, new flavours and textures. Recommended. Service was a little slow and there was no alcohol on sale but the latter is temporary.

"Excellent"6/6
Estefania D.2 months ago · 1 review

Excellent service and fantastic food. Can't wait to visit again and try new dishes. Service was very attentive and the food so different to anything I'd tried before.

"Great"5/6
Jenny H.a year ago · 4 reviews

Lovely restaurant that has an authentic feel - staff were very polite and friendly and the food was very interesting and full of flavour. For starters we tried the grilled injera with smoky aubergine paste, which was really crispy and went well with the smokiness of the aubergine. I did find it slightly oily though and only had a little (one portion provides three pieces) despite the addictive nature of the snack. We ordered a sharing platter as a main, as it was our first time trying Ethiopian food in a restaurant. This gave us a variety of dishes to try, served on a fermented pancake (injera). The idea is to break pieces of the injera with your hands and use it to wrap the different dishes in. It was a different experience and the food was well seasoned without it being too spicy. We also tried an Ethiopian beer which was light and refreshing and went well with the food. We couldn't resist trying a dessert and the fluffy balls of fried dough with a sweet sticky sauce caught our eyes on the menu immediately. They were served fresh and warm and rounded off the adventurous dinner perfectly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an all-round authentic Ethiopian experience.

"Great"5/6
Sam R.2 years ago · 1 review

We enjoyed our visit to Lalibela on 23rd April - though we were a little disappointed that they were not celebrating St George' Day (given that he is patron saint of Ethiopia as well as England). They were out of St George beer too - a delivery hadn't turned up - but the alternative Ethiopian brew, Amber, turned out to have a picture of George and the Dragon on the label anyway, which pleased me. Lots of fascinating things to look at downstairs and the food was great too. We will come again when next in Tufnell Park!

"Excellent"6/6
Lydia G.2 years ago · 1 review

Lalibela is a wonderful place to eat. Their food is delicious, flavorful, and healthy. They are able to cater to many different dietary requirements including soy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. The air is scented with frankincense from the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and the atmosphere is conducive to good conversation. Lovely, friendly staff and an overall warm experience. Highly recommended! But do plan to spend some time there enjoying the full experience, as everything is prepared from scratch and this takes time.

"Excellent"6/6
Davide R.a year ago · 2 reviews

I went to Lalibela with my date after one of my customers advised me to try it, and I must say I'm very surprised. The atmosphere is very nice, and the food is definitely worth a visit, I loved every bit of it. At some point someone in another table had a coffee ceremony and I think things got a little out of hand with the incense, but apart from that everything was very satisfying and I will visit again.

"Excellent"6/6
Efua A.2 years ago · 1 review

We had a fantastic time at Lalibela, the food is second to none, the ambiance is great and the staff understand the meaning of good customer service. They are SUPERB. Please, Please Lalibela sort out your toilets and you will be one of the best restaurants in the Land. I love the place.

"Excellent"6/6
Ruth D.6 months ago · 1 review

We had a brilliant dinner here, quick service and it was really well priced. We shared lentil samosas and citrusy injera for starers although turns out we probably didn't need any as the mains are huge! We had a whole injera bread with pumkpin and lamb tibs, aubergine and chickpea spicy wot and spinach complete with injera rolls to scoop the mains up. Having had no experience of Ethiopian food, I have no idea how authentic it was but it tasted amazing and we ate with our hands so it felt like the rustic experience! For a round of drinks, starters, two mains and a side it cost £40 (£44 with service charge).

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