Red Sea

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  • North African
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© Thom Atkinson
Shepherd's Bush

The Red Sea is one of those London secrets you almost don’t want to share, lest it should shed the ramshackle appeal of its MDF tables and workman caff aesthetic for mainstream respectability. The menu offers an intriguing mix of Eritrean, Ethiopian, Somali and Yemeni cuisine, plus the odd bit of Italian (African spag bol anyone?), and the food is an eccentric delight. Here you’ll find one of the broadest Horn of African choices around, at almost unreasonably good value. Our selections of spring lamb served with a special pilau rice, and lamb stew with okra and onions, were two of the more conservative options. The four-page menu (a whole page of which is dedicated to ‘Abyssinian’ cuisine) offers innards in spiced butter, among other delicacies. Customers are a blend of young, urban expats, veiled women of various nationalities sipping on refreshing lemon milkshakes (like a creamy freshly squeezed lemonade), and single men enjoying the hearty cooking of home. Service is languid, the decor a kitsch collage of Eritrean landscapes and London skylines, and there’s no drinks licence (but many non-alcoholic options). Still, at such prices these are minor grumbles.

Venue name: Red Sea
Address: 382 Uxbridge Road
W12 7LL
Opening hours: Meals served 11am-11pm Mon-Thur, Sun; 11am-midnight Fri, Sat.
Transport: Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market tube
Price: Main courses £5-£7. Unlicensed no alcohol allowed.
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4.7 / 5

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Delicious & great portion sizes. Very relaxed atmosphere and was 10 pounds a head. If you enjoy spicy food try this.


I went to Red Sea this afternoon and had a wonderful meal. Great service and value for money. I had a sea bass grilled as a main course, it was a bit burnt but well seasoned. My son grilled chicken and rice was also very tasty. Only area for improvement is the spicyness of the chilli sauce; it is too mild. Otherwise a great place to eat. Will most definitely return.


I go to this restaurant at least once a month, and i order mostly Ethiopian food, which i think is absolutely tasty! My daughter and grandson love the food, the people are friendly and the service is good.