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Named after an ancient port on the Red Sea, this coffee- and spice-scented restaurant provides a large and lovely Eritrean feast – though note that the lunchtime opening hours can be rather erratic. It’s an interesting-looking venue: lots of dark furniture, a bar-front studded with seaside rocks, and walls punctuated with little alcoves containing random finds (from Aladdin lamps to model ships to old-fashioned dial phones).

The menu has some intriguing additions too, though, sadly, the linseed stew wasn’t available on our visit. We settled for a chilli-scattered dish of crushed fava beans, stewed long in olive oil and onions and served with piles of toasted pitta.There are also fish dishes, as well as tender, fragrant ground-beef kitfo and other spicy stews. The sharing platters showcase the star turns on both meat and vegetarian fronts: little dollops of chicken or lamb stew (fried tripe, also available, doesn’t figure on these platters), spicy chickpeas or lentils, fried greens and spinach with cottage cheese.

Big-flavoured dishes like this call for a long cold drink, such as Savanna cider (from South Africa) and Tusker beer (Kenya), or there’s sweet, delicately spiced Eritrean honey wine.


Venue name: Adulis
Address: 44-46 Brixton Road
Opening hours: Dinner served 5pm-midnight Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-1am Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Oval
Price: Main courses £10.95-£13.95
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4.1 / 5

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Exquisite food, beautiful atmosphere - the vegetarian sharing platter for two is one of the best vegetarian meals I've ever had.

Tara P

As a local, I've tried Adulis on four or five occasions, but sadly it only gets 3 stars.

Why? The food is good; tasty, different, varied - no problems there.

But the service - in my experience - is invariably slow. The uncomplicated starter of hummus and flatbread has previously taken 20 minutes to arrive, the main meals much longer. I've often been left waiting for the bill with no-one in sight to let you pay. 

The atmosphere is lovely,slightly romantic, and I like a relaxed meal, but don't go to Adulis feeling hungry as you're likely to stay that way for a while! 


The food was wonderful, presented well and worth the money paid for it. Service came with a smile, and the drinks the waiter suggested to have with the meals were perfect choices. One gripe would be the time taken for the coffee course - we were told afterwards it can take a while, but the 45 minute+ plus wait meant a couple of our party had to leave before it arrived. Again, however, it was worth the wait.


I have been to many Ethiopian and Eriterian restaurants in America and also in England.To be true, I really like the Injera that Adulis makes also, the other food that is topped on it and, I have to say I have never tasted Injera made that delicious!The next time I plan to go out to eat, it's going to be Adulis!


A group of us booked a table for four last week and ended up having one of the greatest eating experiences of our lives. I have been to Eritrean and Ethiopian restaurants before and am fairly familiar with the cuisine but my three friends have never tasted the food. From the moment we arrived to the time we left, we had fun. Throughout our meal, the manager, who also happened to be the sister of the owner, was very attentive and kept on revisiting our table. Having explained in detail how the traditional honey wine is made, she offered to give us free tasters. Having tasted it, we ended up demolishing two whole bottles while my Finnish friend ended up buying two more bottles to take back home. When we finished our meal, the owner was kind enough to give us a tour of the restaurant including the newly refurbished basement area which is decorated with amazing murals. Apparently, they hold concerts of Jazz and World Music there twice a month. The food was great and the service was second to and the night, aided with loads of honey wine, was sweet. My three friends are now proper converts. Adulis, until next time then!

James Mullins

This was a surprise booking for my brother in-law who was up for any celebration after securing a dream job. Having visited the restaurant a couple of times before, I thought this would be a good way to celebrate with a touch of adventure for the in-laws as well as a couple of other friends. Adulis didn't disappoint - the ambience, the food and the superb wine list – it was an amazing experience for my ‘guests’. They thoroughly enjoyed the visit and they might have just become converts now :)

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