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The Ethiopian diners eating tilapia and listening to the latest sounds from Addis look very happy at Abyssinia, and the friendly welcome and lovely smell of frankincense help you forgive its rather dark, drab decor. After considering such delicacies as kitfo (spicy, raw minced beef) and doro wot (a stew of chicken and hard-boiled eggs), we settled on the assa wot (fish stew), which had a similar texture to mince but lacked the spice for which Ethiopian food is famous. However, the dish worked well with the injera flatbread with which almost all main courses are served. The tej (honey wine, similar to mead) was tasty, but the highlight of the meal was the Ethiopian coffee, served at the end after an elaborate roasting ceremony.
Venue name: Abyssinia
Address: 9 Cricklewood Broadway
Transport: Tube: Kilburn tube
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Dinesh Santhiagu

I went to this Ethiopian restaurant last night with my family. We are Indians, as you all know that we always prefer to go to Indian restaurants. We have been to Chinese, English and Italian restaurants, but this was the first time wanted to try a different traditional meal which was overall satisfactory. We had never tried Ethiopian food before and really enjoyed it. The service was good and friendly.Food arrived on a huge communal plate with a giant pancake and different types of cooked vegetables and meat. It was amazing, mouth watering and can never forget this huge meal. I bet if two can finish eating the whole meal. We Indians have this sort of pan cake which we called Dosa. Usually South Indians makes this regular for morning breakfast with vegetable sambar and chutney. But this was AMAZING!, and we payed around £13.85 for 3 of us after Taste card discount. Then again, you need more patience for your meal to arrive because they take time to cook freshly which is important. Guys try this once and you will really like it and you would not be disappointed. Trust me!


This has been our favourite local restaurant for 15 or more years. During this time it has changed hands 5 times and food quality fluctuated. A year or so it became Eritrean rather than Ethiopean and quality was hit and miss and the number of customers dropped including those from the eritrean community. Since the start of 2013 it has changed hands and the new owners have both Ethiopean and Eritrean heritage. Food is back to top standards. Time out critics should review this again as the place needs more custom if it is to survive

Ali H.

Lovely place, great food, delightful friendly people. Great to take friends, as you really do share the food! Wear clothes you can wash, eating with injera and fingers gets messy. ;) Ethiopian beer very good, and the decent wine, too.