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Adulis

Restaurants, Eritrean Kennington
4 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
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Address: 46
Brixton Road
London
SW9 6BT
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Users say (10)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:3
  • 4 star:4
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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tastemaker

Adulis was my first Eritrean cuisine experience and I was looking forward to visit. 


The atmosphere of the place was nice: the decoration and the smell of coffee gave a special vibe and I liked that a hostess was wearing Eritrean clothes (it made the experience more authentic).


The food was good, altough not exactly my cup of tea. Me and my friends ordered a sharing platter for 8: it was a nice selection of vegetarian and meat dishes and a good opportunity to try different options of this cuisine. We ate with wrapping the bites in injera (a pancake like soft wrap), which was fun, but as someone with a sweet tooth too sour for me. Even now, after some ice cream and brushing teeth, can feel the sourness in my mouth a little.


For the platter we got a coffee ceremony, but to be honest I was disappointed. It wasn't exciting: a hostess showed us the beans our coffee was going to be made of, then when it got ready she poured it into cups at our table. That was it.


I loved the sweet honey vine though: it was delicious!


Overall it was an interesting experience, but the cuisine was not for my taste. 


tastemaker

I’ve never tried Eritrean cuisine before and was looking forward to it. The service was friendly from a mother-like hostess. We ordered a selection of vegetarian and meat dishes displayed on an injera (sour flatbread/pancake). The sharing dishes were tasty though some tasted very similar. The injera was very sour and over powering which was unfortunate for me as there was no getting away from it as it was your carbs and your eating utensil (but this maybe down to my personal taste).We finished with popcorn and a coffee ceremony where our hostess paraded our roasted coffee beans to the whole restaurant, making them the star of the show. It was a super experience but be warned the injera has a really strong flavour.


Great food, service and atmosphere - if you dine here, don't leave without tasting the traditional coffee ceremony - amazing aroma what with the popcorn and incense. 


Well, a very nice looking restaurant but the food was terrible: my partner ordered red snapper which was neither fresh nor properly cooked. I had a Dohr, which was a form of chicken curry, and while the sauce was nice the two extremely scrawny chicken legs that came with it were not good value at £12.50. Neither was a standard bottle of Perrier water at £4.50. Our friends ordered a lamb dish which was grey, gristly and undercooked. The only good thing I can say about this place was that they didn't charge us for the fish dish. But I would certainly not recommend this eaterie to friend or foe. Disappointing to say the least.  


Exquisite food, beautiful atmosphere - the vegetarian sharing platter for two is one of the best vegetarian meals I've ever had.

Tastemaker

As a local, I've tried Adulis on four or five occasions, but sadly it only gets 3 stars.


Why? The food is good; tasty, different, varied - no problems there.


But the service - in my experience - is invariably slow. The uncomplicated starter of hummus and flatbread has previously taken 20 minutes to arrive, the main meals much longer. I've often been left waiting for the bill with no-one in sight to let you pay. 


The atmosphere is lovely,slightly romantic, and I like a relaxed meal, but don't go to Adulis feeling hungry as you're likely to stay that way for a while! 


The food was wonderful, presented well and worth the money paid for it. Service came with a smile, and the drinks the waiter suggested to have with the meals were perfect choices. One gripe would be the time taken for the coffee course - we were told afterwards it can take a while, but the 45 minute+ plus wait meant a couple of our party had to leave before it arrived. Again, however, it was worth the wait.


I have been to many Ethiopian and Eriterian restaurants in America and also in England.To be true, I really like the Injera that Adulis makes also, the other food that is topped on it and, I have to say I have never tasted Injera made that delicious!The next time I plan to go out to eat, it's going to be Adulis!


A group of us booked a table for four last week and ended up having one of the greatest eating experiences of our lives. I have been to Eritrean and Ethiopian restaurants before and am fairly familiar with the cuisine but my three friends have never tasted the food. From the moment we arrived to the time we left, we had fun. Throughout our meal, the manager, who also happened to be the sister of the owner, was very attentive and kept on revisiting our table. Having explained in detail how the traditional honey wine is made, she offered to give us free tasters. Having tasted it, we ended up demolishing two whole bottles while my Finnish friend ended up buying two more bottles to take back home. When we finished our meal, the owner was kind enough to give us a tour of the restaurant including the newly refurbished basement area which is decorated with amazing murals. Apparently, they hold concerts of Jazz and World Music there twice a month. The food was great and the service was second to and the night, aided with loads of honey wine, was sweet. My three friends are now proper converts. Adulis, until next time then!


This was a surprise booking for my brother in-law who was up for any celebration after securing a dream job. Having visited the restaurant a couple of times before, I thought this would be a good way to celebrate with a touch of adventure for the in-laws as well as a couple of other friends. Adulis didn't disappoint - the ambience, the food and the superb wine list – it was an amazing experience for my ‘guests’. They thoroughly enjoyed the visit and they might have just become converts now :)

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