Restaurants, Ethiopian Brondesbury
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The Ethiopian diners eating tilapia and listening to the latest sounds from Addis look very happy at Abyssinia, and the friendly welcome and lovely smell of frankincense help you forgive its rather dark, drab decor. After considering such delicacies as kitfo (spicy, raw minced beef) and doro wot (a stew of chicken and hard-boiled eggs), we settled on the assa wot (fish stew), which had a similar texture to mince but lacked the spice for which Ethiopian food is famous. However, the dish worked well with the injera flatbread with which almost all main courses are served. The tej (honey wine, similar to mead) was tasty, but the highlight of the meal was the Ethiopian coffee, served at the end after an elaborate roasting ceremony.


Venue name: Abyssinia
Address: 9 Cricklewood Broadway
Transport: Tube: Kilburn tube
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pixie L

No idea why this restaurant is so highly rated as our experience was awful.
Came one day last week for lunch, walked in and the entire place was empty, no staff anywhere to greet us or to seat us.

We sat down anyway and waited 5 mins before a little old lady came out and gave us menus.
She then spent the next 15 min on the phone while we waited for her to finish her call and take our order.

She then took my 2 friends order , bizarrely she asked my friend if she was vegetarian when she had just ordered a beef dish???
However when I was about to give her my order she walked off!!! No word, no apology, just walked off to get my friends drinks before even taking down my order! How bloody rude!!

She looked very puzzled when we ordered and didn't write anything down. Thought she memorised the order, turns out she didn't even acknowledge anything we said, turns out she was the chef and not the waitress and couldn't speak or understand much English!!!

25 mins after we arrived a man in his car came screeching to a halt outside and rushed in and asked us what we wanted to order, this was the waiter, and the little old lady was just pretending to take our order. So we had to go through the whole ordering process again!!!!

However only 5 mins later our food arrived, which was suspiciously quick considering they were curries. Waiter then just dumped the lot onto the injera without even telling us which was which, I had to ask him what dish was what.
Turns out it was all microwaved. Now I understand that most restaurants will cook in advance and reheat, that's fine but I don't expect cold, reheated 2 day old rice which was dry and hard. It's not that difficult to cook fresh rice each morning,  especially as bad reheated rice can be dangerous.
I barely touched my meal as it was disgusting and I've eaten ethiopian food before.

Also they charge £3 for a can of coke, the same price they charge for a bottle of bud. I have never heard of any restaurant charging same price for soft drinks and alcohol. 
Especially as this place had plastic table cloths and resembled a greasy spoon not a restaurant.

The only saving grace was the fact they discounted the bill by a few quid as the waiter saw just how annoyed/disappointed we were with the entire meal.


Dinesh Santhiagu

I went to this Ethiopian restaurant last night with my family. We are Indians, as you all know that we always prefer to go to Indian restaurants. We have been to Chinese, English and Italian restaurants, but this was the first time wanted to try a different traditional meal which was overall satisfactory. We had never tried Ethiopian food before and really enjoyed it. The service was good and friendly.Food arrived on a huge communal plate with a giant pancake and different types of cooked vegetables and meat. It was amazing, mouth watering and can never forget this huge meal. I bet if two can finish eating the whole meal. We Indians have this sort of pan cake which we called Dosa. Usually South Indians makes this regular for morning breakfast with vegetable sambar and chutney. But this was AMAZING!, and we payed around £13.85 for 3 of us after Taste card discount. Then again, you need more patience for your meal to arrive because they take time to cook freshly which is important. Guys try this once and you will really like it and you would not be disappointed. Trust me!


This has been our favourite local restaurant for 15 or more years. During this time it has changed hands 5 times and food quality fluctuated. A year or so it became Eritrean rather than Ethiopean and quality was hit and miss and the number of customers dropped including those from the eritrean community. Since the start of 2013 it has changed hands and the new owners have both Ethiopean and Eritrean heritage. Food is back to top standards. Time out critics should review this again as the place needs more custom if it is to survive

Ali H.

Lovely place, great food, delightful friendly people. Great to take friends, as you really do share the food! Wear clothes you can wash, eating with injera and fingers gets messy. ;) Ethiopian beer very good, and the decent wine, too.