Adulis Oval

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315 reviews
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£25 and under
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Eritrean

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great price, and fantastic service!

c
London
18 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

generous portion and great atmosphere...

SD
London
14 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

HL
London
165 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

R
London
12 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Y
London
48 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

VN
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

R
London
12 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KM
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

WA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food!

J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

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.

Y
London
48 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

Y
London
48 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints. Great food and ambience

F
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

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

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

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.

KM
London
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food. Good atmosphere. Would definitely recommend

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty food, good for trying something new, friendly staff

R
London
12 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Food with lovely frindly staff! Highly recommended.

K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

DI
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

i
London
19 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2016
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

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

1
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2015
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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.

A
London
41 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

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

HE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, the atmosphere and the hospitality. I'll definitely be coming back again and again to what is now one of my favourite restaurants in town.

JR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were made to feel at ease from the moment we arrived. The smell of aromatic foods combined with the scent of freshly roasted coffee in the air was simply to die for. Customer service was second to none. We left the place with a full belly and a smile.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was at a friend's place around the corner, then I Googled for the nearest restaurant. Opentable told me there was this Eritrean restaurant and I booked it about 10 minutes before going. It seems to be pretty trendy/popular in the area, hidden gem!

Loved the food. I'd recommend getting the platter (trying a bunch of different things) to get a flavour for the cuisine. Nice atmosphere, great food, and I'd definitely recommend it!

l
London
21 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The venue is basic but cosy and nice and once entered in you are welcome by the friendly staff. The food is absolutely amazing (especially sharing plates) with a pretty good choiche of wines. Really good value for money.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2015
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was lovely and fresh. Left you wanting more, even when you're feeling full.

Customer service could have been a bit more attentive, but they were always courteous.

DN
London
60 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An old favourite. We'll keep coming back.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed my evening. Thank you!! Group of 13 with some visiting a first time visit, others were revisiting. Enjoyed a real social meal, great vegetarian options.

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