Zigni House

Restaurants, North African Islington
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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
Address: 330 Essex Road
N1 3PB
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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Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

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Charlotte f

Really tasty food all very fresh. Really attentive staff and the atmosphere inside was really nice. The garden outside is massive, so would also be a great place to be in the summer. Really recommend it!

batootie c

The place is very cosy, has unique, traditional Eritrean elements. In this place you can experience sort of an eating ritual: you have to relax, as it takes time to get your food prepared, the portions aren't big, but interesting, especially the big pancake, and you eat with fingers. I also recommend Eritrean coffee which comes with a special traditional ceremony, it is strong and has a very unique taste. I personally loved it the most.


Fantastic food, kind and smiling staff, great value. Sometimes the food takes some time to be served, but that us because everything is cooked fresh, and that's one of the reasons why it's so good. It's probably my favourite restaurant in London.

Joanna Pocock

Food couldn't have been better - absolutely delicious! Recommend the chicken and egg dish and the spinach and cheese dish. Waitress very nice. The vibe needed work - but that could be solved by bringing customers to the front of the building so passers by can see people eating in there. It looked closed. I think some live music could add a spark and also some marketing to get more people to go.


I visited this place on the weekend with friend and we loved the food, YUM YUM.the place.deco WOW and the service.SMILY and ON TIME.what a change it has become one of my best place to go know,i'm going back for more for my b-day.


The food is very tasty although service slow and meandering. However, it is worth going when you aren't starving to enjoy a few drinks whilst eating at leisure.


visited on a weeknight and when we arrived restaurant was empty, were about to leave when staff eventually appear. Apart from that lovely meal - my friend and I are both vegetarian and ended up getting a sharing platter. The food was really tasty and we both said we would go back.


I went to this restaurant last night and was really impressed. The food was of a high quality and very tasty. I'd not eaten this type of cuisine before but I'm going back for more. It's a tad pricey but I think a real hidden gem and well worth a visit.

Sumon Thakur

Our experiences echoed those of my fellow patron CM Thomas, which suggests that this restaurant has some inherent issues that have simply not been addressed. Our starters, which essentially consisted of a feta salads. pitta and hommus, took around 50 minutes to come. Once the mains arrived, some 1h15 mins later, we were intrigued to see the food was served off a giant pancake. However the waitress ignored our requests to keep the meat and fish dishes seperate which resulted one member of our party being unable to enjoy most of the dishes. The final insult was to be told that the card machine was broken despite a complete lack of prior warning. Judging by the review below, it hasn't worked for over 5 months! What frustrates most however is that shoddy service aside, the uniqueness and flavour of the dishes could have make this a real find. Unfortunately there are simply far too many basic flaws to merit a recommendation.