Nice and unusual restaurant
Posted on 05 / 08 / 2013
I was expecting something expensive based on online reviews of meat eaters, but the starters were 5€, the veg main courses either 8€ or 10€, with decent portion sizes, so that's quite reasonable.
The menu has a page showing the veg main courses, and when I said I was a vegetarian, the waitress immediately pointed to the veg starters (they make vegan felafels, which is not totally obvious from the menu but which she mentioned).
I took the veg falafels and then a mix veg plate, which let me try small portion of 4 veg specialties. I liked all of it. It was the first time I had any Eritrean (or east-african, for that matters) food and I was pleased. However I have to mention that what they serve as bread, the crêpe-like millet-based "injera" is sour (due to the fermentation), and it's not for everybody's palate. I found it OK and ate it all but then, I've eaten natto before.
The restaurant is nicely decorated with many elements of the Eritrean culture, and the Eritrean-born (I assume, but I didn't ask and I can't tell if what they spoke between them was Tigrinya or Amharic or something else) waitresses are dressed in traditional costumes, and they're very friendly. I think I heard one speak English to foreign tourists but I didn't really pay attention.
The main thing I regret is that there's no purely vegan dessert. If you consider honey vegan, then there's a sesame-based dessert for you.
Also it's not fair that the vegan felafels cost as much as the meat felafels. Or they should at least serve 5 (or 6) instead of 4 for the same price. That would make them vegan friendlier...
Also the south-African wine we had (15€) was quite OK. If you prefer there's Italian wine too.
Overall I spent a good evening and tried new things.
Remember to book in advance, especially during the week-end or summer. I was there during the week, it wasn't packed (they can seat about 60) but still quite active.
good + exotic vegan food, nice atmosphere, friendly staff, vegan friendly staff and menu
no 100% veg dessert (at least honey), Music a bit repetitive (not loud though), their bread/crêpe not for everyone(sour)