This little licensed caff in Vauxhall serves fry-ups for breakfast, then switches to a Thai menu for lunch, prepared by a Thai chef. But it’s in the evening that it really comes into its own as an Eritrean restaurant.
The owners used to run the Abrehet Café in Kilburn and are now creating a similar menu of more than 30 Eritrean dishes in their new venue. Unless you really know your dorho (spicy chicken stew) from your kitfo (finely chopped rare beef seasoned in ghee with herbs and paprika), we recommend sharing any of the ‘special platters’, which feature a dazzling variety of dishes selected from the à la carte. We discovered that just one special platter feeds two people easily.
These dishes are served on a huge crumpet-textured pancake of injera, a slightly sour bread which you
tear off with your right hand to mop up the juices as you eat the moist stews. Carefully melded spices are the norm in Eritrean food, yet dishes aren’t too chilli-hot. If you have some change spare, try the Eritrean coffee ceremony at £7 for two people. Be warned though – it’s rocket fuel.