Kitfo House

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© Jitka Hynkova
South Lambeth

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.

Venue name: Kitfo House
Address: 49 South Lambeth Road
Opening hours: Meals served 8.30am-11pm Mon-Fri; 10.30am-11pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Vauxhall tube/rail
Price: Main courses £5.50-£7.95
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Never again! The Jungle Curry had dry chicken served with mound of overcooked rice. It was far too spicy and I like spice. The homous was bland, but fresh and the chocolate cake was dry and tasted like store bought icing. Not worth the trip and the one lady working made me wait forever to get a bill! She sat down and ate a meal just two tables in front of me after I ate my cake. I mean I think once you have dessert it is clear you are done... perhaps the worst food experience I have ever had.


My husband and I just had an absolutely fabulous meal here. Would highly recommend. We've walked by before so many times and never gone in and I regret that as we have been missing out. The family team are lovely, the locals up for some banter and the food is tasty, hearty and at a price that is very affordable!


Not only are they super friendly and welcoming, but the staff at Kitfo House will ensure that you have some superb Eritrean food! If in doubt, go for the Vegetarian Bebya'netu - an absolute hit everytime, i have friends travelling from all over london for it. That makes this a Destination Restaurant, surely?!

razia vanessa

atmosphere delicious,service very friendly an being a five min walk,from vauxhall station,very accessable.


Been there many times, really love the food and i just can't believe how cheap it is for the quality. Service is always friendly and they do some really interesting beers in bottles, and just the standard becks etc on tap. Music adds to the atmosphere and when it is packed on a weekend it really crackles with enjoyment. The sharing platter culture of the food I think really adds to the experience, but it is small so booking ahead never goes amiss, especially at weekends.


The best place for food,socialising,music and the best service good for environment for drinking and meeting people one of the best places in London with a welcoming atmosphere. I love the place