Adulis Oval

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322 reviews
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£25 and under
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Eritrean
A laidback yet elegant haven from the incessant traffic of Brixton Road, Adulis offers traditional Eritrean food. Instruments, artefacts, and images of heroes and heroines from the horn of Africa combine to create an unique environment in which to explore a modest range of aromatic meaty dishes such as kulwa, which is lamb fried in ghee, onion and green chilli. Everything comes with enjera (freshly baked leavened bread) or rice. From a generous list of vegetarian options, how about the misnamed foul - a tasty mix of broad beans, onions and olives, served with cottage cheese, tomatoes and butter?
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Elvira
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food.
Plenty of bread.
Clean and well managed.

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AlbertM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food in Adulis is delicious!

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Rosie
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Tasty food, slow service, very nice staff, decent value.

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MICHELINEO
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is excellent . The place is clean and the service is good. May be the women staff can smile a bit and be less stiff. They looked upset.

The young man was really very nice and professional .

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ArnaudC
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 4 and had an amazing time! The service, the atmosphere and the food were really good. Special mention to the honey wine.

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Discerning23
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

A lot of flavour in the Eritrean food. The mixed meats and vegetables dish was good value.
Went well with reasonably priced wine.
The service was warm and welcoming.

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Miklink
London
11 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cozy Eritrean restaurant with lovely atmosphere. The food is tasty and abundant. Although it seems expensive at first the portions are very large so no need of ordering too many dishes. If anything smaller and cheaper portions would be better as they would allow the tasting of a larger number of dishes; however there are sample menus which looked delicious. Overall a pleasant experience and I will definitely go back

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Anonymous
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great price, and fantastic service!

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vipcheeseburger711
London
18 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

generous portion and great atmosphere...

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vipSofyaD
London
16 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly my new favourite spot! We drive there for 30mins but I don’t care. The food is amazing! House wine too ☺️

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TomS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd visit to Adulis and has been great both times. Offers something different for those not familiar with the cuisine. I would recommend the platter for 1!

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vipHevL
London
170 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the meal, the food was tasty and the waitress pleasant. We had a sharing platter for two and we couldn't finish it. Next time we'd get the platter for one and share it, maybe getting an extra dish when we see the quantity.

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vipRebecca
London
14 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adulis has become one of my favourite restaurants. The food is excellent and it’s very good value. The service is great and there’s a lovely convivial atmosphere.

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Y1235
London
50 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

very good food as usual. happy to keep coming back to this place.

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VitoriaN
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Love their food and we are regular guests there however we got really disappointed when only at the en we were informed the card machine was not working and we need to go to the corner to get cash. It was not working since we arrived and we should be advised but were not. No, no, no, it is not correct. First time I got disappointed with them. Also waitress was not too much aware of things, maybe not in a good day.

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vipRebecca
London
14 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was wonderful. A brilliant local place. Highly recommended

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KMancunia
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant!
The food is BANGING, the service is on point, the atmosphere is wonderful. And great location too.

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WadAm
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food!

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Joseph
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall1food5service1ambience2

Food was good, bar the plentiful iceberg lettuce.
What really let this place down was the lack of organisation (bordering on rudeness) of the staff. After being seated in different areas, date arrived later, the wait was appalling. Every request felt like a Herculean task: drink, meal, drink, bill, bill, bill, bill, ... We had to ask repeatedly, and the staff mainly just seemed to be lounging around watching the one designated person actually tending to customers. It’s a lovely place, but ruined by the lack of professionalism, shame, I would love to promote more restaurants like this (good food, on the affordable side, different cuisines) but they let theirselves down.

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Y1235
London
50 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

i come here often. this place never disappoints. very good food. friendly service.

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Y1235
London
50 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never disappoints. Great food and ambience

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Frank
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Having read a lot of good reviews about the restaurant I was somewhat disappointed by our experience. I had a grilled strip lamb dish which was rather dry, tasted and looked like beef.
My wife had a chicken dish which had very little chicken in it. One drumstick and one wing and a boiled egg.
Food was eaten by hand and there were no knives or forks although some people had spoons to help with service. This might be an issue for some people but we had a hand sanitizer with us.
The restaurant was very busy and consequently quite noisy.
The service and drinks were good if a little pricey

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The food was very good but the staff was quit unfriendly and looked very unmotivated to work.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience4

the food was good however the communication from staff was poor. Could have been much better.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2017
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We ordered the vegetarian platter for two which was delicious. Unfortunately the injera bread is not made traditionally with teff flour, therefore it is not gluten free. I had booked an Eritrean restaurant due to my dietary requirements so this was somewhat disappointing. The service was fairly poor, the waiter was not apologetic regarding the injera and several times we had to get out of our seats to find the waiter to order drinks, as the service was infrequent and slow. Despite this we enjoyed our meal as the space is beautifully decorated and the food was enjoyable.

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KezzaM
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food. Good atmosphere. Would definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty food, good for trying something new, friendly staff

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vipRebecca
London
14 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great Food with lovely frindly staff! Highly recommended.

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Kattho
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner ! If you want something different dish try them!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy with everything, my first Eritrean and I'm a convert now. Decent vegetarian selection. Enjoyed the honey wine, try the dry one if you ever visit.

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DIDI
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a perfect spot to catch up with a friend - we greatly enjoyed the food, the service and the atmosphere. The combination of distinct aromas made the ambience very special. This place has a great selection of vegan dishes and both my friend and I being vegan, we shall be regulars from this point on! We of course concluded the meal with the famous Ethiopian coffee ceremony which made the evening even more enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date and I had a great evening at this cosy place. The service was brilliant and I want to say thanks to the staff for making us feel at home. Food was full of amazing flavours and the coffee ceremony out of this world. We'll be seen here again.

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vipigor
London
19 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Some food is spice. Coffee was good.
I might come back to try more food.
Big plate for 2 meat and veg., disappointed me little.
I thought it would be bigger portions.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The restaurant was fairly busy for a Thursday evening and had a good selection of dishes to choose from. We chose the set meat dish for 2, which was very tasty. Unfortunately the restaurant didn't have the two first bottles of red wine we tried to order, but did have a few others to select from. Overall a nice dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great opportunity to try Eritrean food in a lovely setting!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is one of my best finds! The tasting platter (vegetarian or not) is the best option for first timers because you get to try everything and for such a good price! Eating with your hands is really really fun and social and every dish is a surprising new combination of flavours. Absolutely delicious! The coffee cerimony is worth trying, it produces one of the best cups of coffee i have ever tasted! The decoration really transports you to another country and is really interesting. AMAZING! JUST GO! Haha

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LiamO
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I can highly recommendation the mixed platters for the variety of Eritrean food you can sample in one sitting. The portions are very generous indeed, so it is good value overall. The staff are friendly and the food arrives quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2016
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Shared platter as always great. The smell of coffee in the air was brilliant!

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1912
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2015
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was nice but the service not so great. It was slow and they bought out the wrong orders half of the time, they weren't even that busy. Staff were friendly and tried to be helpful yet not very clear when explaining their dishes.

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vipAnon
London
41 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience2

A great, authentic experience of Eritrea! Really worth going to if you want to experience something different!

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