There’s a childish sense of fun about a restaurant that allows you to eat the tablecloth that the food is served on: the injera pancake upon which Eritrean cooks set out their wares becomes hearty stuff once the sauces have got into the grain, and a pleasure to tuck into. Proprietor Tsige Haile is a heroine back home – she wrote the first Eritrean cookbooks – and her restaurant bridges the gap between eaterie and chill-out room with its painted tables and zebra rugs. Our falafel starter seemed strangely meagre, and main courses mingle together, so make sure you choose contrasting stews; zigni derho is fiery, with a jerk chicken edge, while alicha lamb is mellowed by lentils. The weekend buffet offers the best of all worlds.
|Venue name:||Zigni House||Contact:|
330 Essex Road
|Opening hours:||Meals served 8am-4pm daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: Angel tube/38, 56, 73, 341 bus|
|Price:||Main course £4.50-£8.95. Unlicensed no alcohol allowed.|
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