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 London’s 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. Do yourself a favour and reserve a table at London’s Lalibela – you won’t be disappointed.
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.
London’s 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. London’s 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! London, Lalibela is where you want to be heading as soon as you can.
The food, service and atmosphere was really good. The staff were attentive and looked after us. I will definitely return and would recommend this restaurant.
We went to celebrate our wedding anniversary with our daughters & we were not disappointed. Food & service were very good. It was lovely to try food from a country you haven’t tried before. We will definitely come again.
Easy booking process and lovely atmosphere once you get to the restaurant: good is always tasty and staff welcoming. Taken so many different friends here and EVERYONE loved it!
Delicious and authentic food from Ethiopia in a cosy African setting. No cutlery! Have eaten there many times and will do so again - a favourite with our family.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).