Time Out says
An Ethiopian stalwart in Cricklewood.
It’s best to take people you know and like to this local Ethiopian restaurant, because there’s a good chance you’ll be eating off the same plate. That’s certainly the case if you choose the curries or stews off the menu, which arrive as colourful mounds on top of a giant layer of injera (spongy, savoury, gluten-free flatbread) served at the centre of the table on a massive steel plate. Embrace the hands-on, sharing philosophy – tear off a bit of the injera and scoop up a mouthful of the curry – and you won’t be disappointed. The food is banging: the slight tang of the injera paired beautifully with the bozena shero (tender lamb chunks cooked in a thick, creamy pea sauce; the vibrant red sauce finger-licking good all on its own) and mesir wot (nutty red lentils slowly cooked in Ethiopian spices).
The picture-based menu was packed with options and the honest host encouraged us to cut back so we didn’t over-order. He was right: the portions were generous and we had enough leftover to take home for a decent dinner the following day. A note on the decor: it feels tired and run-down, especially the loos – but if you’re willing to overlook these niggles, this is a neighbourhood cheap eat that’ll have you hooked.
9 Cricklewood Broadway
|Transport:||Tube: Kilburn tube|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.|
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Users say (4)
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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.
WILL NEVER GO BACK OR RECOMMEND TO ANYONE, AVOID UNLESS YOU LIKE BAD SERVICE AND BAD FOOD.
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
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.