Queen of Sheba

  • Restaurants
  • Ethiopian
Critics' choice
Kentish Town

This tiny restaurant is the perfect destination for those unacquainted with the joys of Ethiopian cuisine; the smiley, chatty staff will happily talk you through the menu and, if necessary, offer tactical advice on eating with injera, the sour, spongy pancake that comes with every meal. And you won’t be disappointed if you do know your kitfo (raw beef marinaded in spices; available in two varieties here) from your doro wat (chicken and egg stew): the food isn’t dumbed down, although the heat setting is dropped for local palates.

We loved the gomen injera (spinach and crumbly cottage cheese rolled in injera), while zilbo stew combined collard greens with tender strips of lamb and a heady mix of ginger and garlic. The lentil and cabbage stews in the vegetarian platter were slightly underwhelming – we’d have liked more of a kick – but the well-balanced use of turmeric and ginger enlivened the platter’s third component, a yellow split-pea dal.

Ethiopian trinkets, furniture and art make this an atmospheric place for a leisurely meal, and it’s great to see St George – Addis Ababa’s favourite beer – on the menu. The coffee is served authentically: slowly, ceremonially and very, very strong.

 

Venue name: Queen of Sheba
Contact:
Address: 12 Fortess Road
London
NW5 2EU
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Sat. Meals served noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Kentish Town
Price: Main courses £7-£13.50. Set meal £30-£40 (2-3 people)

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 1 star:1
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Kameal Celestee

I'm usually quite critical of restaurants, but I wouldn't hesitate to give this place 5 stars. I have eaten in many Ethiopian restaurants around Europe and this is really one of the best. The girls are always very friendly and customer service is excellent. I am a regular at this particular restaurant and have taken many friends and family, so far everyone loves it.

Sofia

Wonderful experience...Lovely staff, great atmosphere, delicious food, very well cooked indeed, and Amazing coffee!

crystal

These reviews are a joke. After reading all of your amazing comments I travelled across the length of London for dinner here last night. 40 minutes after ordering we were told our food was coming. 20 minutes later we were told they had run out of the flat bread the dish is served on & would be given rice instead so that we wouldn't have to wait any longer. After one hour the food arrived. I was shocked that 1 chicken & 1 minced lamb dish (which we were told would be chunks of lamb) took this long to arrive. the chicken dish tasted like a microwave meal. It was in no way authentic Etheopian cuisine (which I have eaten before). By the time it arrived I had lost my appetite & was so disappointed with the food that we ate & asked for the bill within 10 minutes. To top it all off the waitress thought she'd try & con us with an "offer of gratitude"- The bottom of the menu states an additional service charge of 12.5%. Our 2 dishes came to £20.50. so with service charge that would have made it £22.50. When she brought the bill over it stated that with service charge it would have been £33, but that this would have been optional for us as we had waited so long for our food. So all of a sudden the service charge shot up to £12.50 because she knew damn well we had no intention of paying it? You may be fooling all of your polite middle class twits who think they know good food, but you didn't fool us! What a shame.

Cheryl

The food was tasty and exotic, the service was very attentive and the lady server was extremely sweet to us. I am already looking forward to my next visit! Oh and I need to mention that the Ethiopian coffee ceremony is a must to cap off you meal. Fantastic!

Teggan

this is a great place - delicious food, friendly family run business. our favorite in north london and a great change from the usual 'standard fare' offered by most other restaurants. If you haven't been try it out.