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“Pleasantly surprised”
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Ranked #354 of 12,524 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: African
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Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: San Lorenzo
Hampshire, UK
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised”
Reviewed 5 June 2013

We had a late dinner here since the restaurant was down the street from the Best Western where we were staying near the university, and we were longing for something spicy.

The place was a pleasant surprise - didn't disappoint on the food front, attractive decor, good service, reasonably-priced. It's been a while since we've eaten Eritrean food so I can't comment about the authenticity but it was certainly very tasty. There were a number of regulars amongst the other customers and the place was about half-full on a week-day night. It's not particularly cheap but for this kind of food, you want to share anyway, it's good for communal eating.

Recommended if you want a change from pasta or pizza !

Visited May 2013
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Bologna, Italy
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“excellent, exotic, veg friendly”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

Their fermented millet bread is certainly not for everyone, as it's quite sour, but I liked it. I also liked the veg falafel and veg mix, which was a mix of 3 or 4 dishes. The atmosphere is very nice, and very suitable for special occasions. The staff is very friendly. Don't forget to make a reservation! It's really not that expensive (especially if you choose veg dishes which are 8€-10€, meat dishes are up to 15€ if I recall correctly).
The site asks (when you give a mark of 5) if it was one of the best restaurants you've visited. It's hard to tell, but it's certainly the best one in a year of veganism.

  • Visited May 2013
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Kremlin Bicetre, France
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice eritrean decor, good food”
Reviewed 18 May 2013

Very nice place, with a lot of handicrafts from Eritrea, where food is quite good (gommen was a little acid though), even if not enough "tipical" for who like me has been living in Ethiopia for some time. But overall very decent in an European/Italian context. Waiters and bosses are kind and smily. We didn't wait too long.
Very disappointing instead was the "jabena bunna", traditional coffee, was not far from just hot water ("sostegna bunna yemeslal"). Just put more coffee!!!!
Definetily not a cheap place, I would say not far from being a little bit too expensive.

  • Visited May 2013
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Zagarolo, Italy
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Delicious”
Reviewed 2 March 2013 via mobile

Fine food and relaxing atmosphere. We really enjoyed a good evening. We liked it very much and we'd like to go there again. One of most good african food in Roma.

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Houston, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“delicious”
Reviewed 12 April 2012

After eating pasta & pizzas for days, it was refreshing to have authentic Ethiopian cuisine. They were very hospitable and the menu portions were healthy.

Visited April 2012
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