Asmara

Brixton

In common with London’s other Eritrean restaurants, this low-key Brixton café named after the capital of Eritrea and decorated with a few East African touches, trades on its novelty value. Staff are efficient and well-versed in the ‘have you eaten Eritrean food before?’ schtick.

The chicken dishes are particularly popular – well-seasoned ghee sauce seems to complement the meek white meat with aplomb. But we opted for the vegetarian mosob meal for two, consisting of red and green lentil stews, spinach, fried and sauced mixed vegetables and a smooth, spicy dish of ground chickpeas. The injera was plentiful, and also lighter and less spongy than others we have sampled. True to tradition, it serves as both plate and fork (scoop up the stews with torn-off pieces of bread, but try not to lick your fingers in the process – this is food to be shared).

The set menus include the much-vaunted coffee ceremony, with its attendant waftings and frankincense burning. The coffee is excellent: roasted (under your nose) to perfect richness and tinged carefully with cardamom and cloves. A big bowl of fresh, warm, salty popcorn ensures that no one feels cheated by the absence of puds.

 

Venue name: Asmara
Contact:
Address: 386 Coldharbour Lane
London
SW9 8LF
Opening hours: Dinner served 5.30pm-midnight daily
Transport: Tube: Brixton
Price: Main courses £7.20-£9.80. Set meal £30 (2 people) vegetarian, £32 (2 people) meat

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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Daniel D

Fantastic resturant in th heart of Brixton. Very friendly servce, and the food was delicious.

Marie-D

This is a really cool authentic place to eat, I'd recommend the meat platter for 2, to share, which comes served on sourdough pancakes, (various stewed meats and veg), and more sourdough if you run out, and extra chillis if you need them. Afterwards there is a cute plate of popcorn and delicious coffee served. The local beers taste good, the house wine is also very tasty. It is one of my fave restaurants in Brixton. Regarding the comment below, the bread is sourdough, so that is how it is supposed to taste, it is by far not the worst place ever....maybe you should go to Mcdonalds or KFC next time, Jen.

Beck

Lovely relaxed place to eat with friends - ideally very hungry ones. The vegetarian options are good. Make sure you allow enough time after your meal for coffee and popcorn - the roasting etc takes a while but is a lovely experience. A really special and authentic place to eat.

BON

The food was really tasty and not like anything I had ever tried before. I would go back and spend another evening there. It was open late, so we did not leave until after 11pm when we had to rush off to the Ritzy cinema. The staff were polite and the atmosphere was relaxed.