Restaurants, Eritrean Maida Hill
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Mosob, Malda Hill 339 Harrow Road W9 3RB

Eat spicy stews – both vegetarian and not – with spongy injera bread at this friendly Eritrean joint.

A mosob is a handwoven table around which people gather to eat. This is one of the many facts about Eritrean cuisine we learned at this welcoming restaurant. In fact, instruction on Eritrean life and culture goes well beyond food, because the people who run Mosob are on a mission to promote their homeland.

A very good job they do too: in the gaps between courses, our beaming waiter produced a well-thumbed book about the buildings of Asmara, and we also learned about the Italian occupation – at which point the pudding list (tartufo classico, tiramisu) became clear. But the main event is the cooking, especially the gloriously diverse vegetarian choices; these include beautifully spiced lentils (timtimo), pounded and stewed chickpeas (shiro) and spinach (hamli), and often involve cottage cheese.

Meat eaters also fare well, thanks to the likes of the Mosob special (marinated lamb chops with spinach and lentils) and the muscular combination of hamli mis siga (tender stewed beef with spinach and garlic). Everything is served on spongy, yeasty injera, which is also used to scoop up the food. After such a feast, plus a few Serengeti lagers and the warm popcorn served as part of the final coffee ceremony, we didn’t need feeding again for 24 hours.



Venue name: Mosob
Address: 339 Harrow Road
W9 3RB
Opening hours: Dinner served 6-11.30pm Mon-Fri. Meals served 3pm-midnight Sat; 3-11.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Westbourne Park
Price: Main courses £8.30-£13.95. Set meal £12.95-£19.95 per person (minimum 2)
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Elisa R

I had never had Eritrean food in the past, not had I ever heard about this country to be perfectly honest. The closest thing I had tasted so far was Ethipian food. Mosob is a very popular place, which I hve realised when I went there with my friend on a Monday night and it was full. Be careful: don't try to go there for lunch as it only opens in the evening at 6pm until late. The staff was very friendly and seemed to really love the place, which has been open for 12 years.

Surprisingly, there was a very complete list of drinks, including cocktails, available. I chose to go for the Sexy Mosob, a delicious, sweet and refreshing drink resembling a Mojito. Otherwise, I'd recommend the African beer, spicy tea, or 30-minute coffe.

In this restaurant, you get to eat with your hands, whcih I find super liberating, witht he help of this pancake-like bread that is served with any meal. Most dishes are pretty spicy, even the alegedly mild ones. You can get discovery menus that allow you to try a small portion of all their classic dishes which I'd recommend if you've never tried this food.

At the end of the meal, we were handed a warm towel to clean our hands.

On top of that, I really enjoyed the African music playing in the background.

Hamish G

Fantastic, authentic food is a great start, but more than anything the incredible service from people who clearly love what they do.

Ashleigh J

A wonderful host who will tailor your meals to your tastes, as well as entertain with quizzes and riddles. Excellent food, something different to try, this place needs to be raised to more peoples attention.

Ezme G

Flippin delicious and the people who run it are lovely and so friendly. Don't miss it if you're in the area.

Murray Stewart

Truly special. Great food, even better people. A family-owned restaurant, our waitress (the daughter) was a real charmer who made us feel welcome and gave us sound advice about the food and about Eritrea. The food is spicy, the music is great and the decor simple. Very reasonably priced.

Brett Cowie

Excellent and good value food. Benjamin the host was very welcoming. So glad we came across this wonderful little eatery.


Fantastic food, friendly people, great value for money. We always eat too much, and never get enough. The locale may not be that poetic but the tibs, wot and kitfo (have it raw. trust me.), the amazing coffee roasted in front of your eyes and the laidback atmosphere are something for which I would travel FAR.