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386 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, South West London, England, SW9 8LF

Serves meat, vegan options available. Has a clearly listed set of vegan choices including a vegan plate. Located around the corner from Brixton station. Open Mon-Sun 5:30am-11:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Eritrean, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by rjmehra

Something Different - Edit

I agree with all of the other reviews on here. I've been to east Africa a few times, but tended to avoid local food as it's usually had a meat focus.

Had the vegan messob and loved it. The spices were different to anything I've had before. The only thing I can compare it to is good Indian food when it's spiced with rich flavours rather than being overly hot.

Delicious, filling, different food. Great value too.

You should go there.

Updated from previous review on 2017-11-27

Pros: Delicious!, Filling, Great value

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amazing vegan food, friendly staff - Edit

Loved the food! Delicious, filling!

Staff are wonderful.

Pros: cheap, filling, affordable

Cons: not a lot of choice, they also do meat dishes

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highly recommended - Edit

I've eaten in quite a few Ethiopian/Eritrean/Sudanese places around the country now and the food is fast becoming a favourite of mine. Asmara is amongst the best I've had too. Dishes could be classed as "simple" but this is missing the point, they know how to perfectly cook and spice lentils and vegetables, and the combination of this with the sourness of the injera is so so yummy.

I would recommend trying the vegan messob, it's £15 for two and £8 for each extra person and will give you a variety to try, and I find much like indian food it's better to get a little of each thing and enjoy the variety. The quantity of food is very good and will leave you feeling nicely satisfied. The coffee ceremony it comes with after is just the perfect ending too!

As an added bonus the staff were friendly and the décor was nice.

Pros: great value, excellent food, friendly

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Looking for a veg*n adventure? - Edit

Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurants are brilliant for vegetarians and vegans. The basic food is injeera, a giant, sour-fermented pancake made of (new superfood) teff flour on which stews, vegetables and lentils are dolloped. The friendly staff will bring your pancake first, then ladle on your dishes. Tear off bits of injeera and scoop up lentils, chickpeas, spinach, ful medamas and more with your hands.

On your first visit, choose the vegetarian messob feast to sample a selection of dishes, £30 for two people with an Ethiopian/Eritrean coffee ceremony to finish. The coffee is freshly roasted, deeply aromatic and served with incense and popcorn - it might seem an unusual combo, but give yourrself a moment (or a few visits) to get into the Ethio-Eritrean vibe, and it'll all start to make sense.

One thing to note: the spinach dish (alicha) sometimes comes with a cheese that is akin to a paneer, so vegans should specify that they'd like without.

Berbere-spiced ful medamas are the modest, stuff-your-faceful star on the menu.

Pros: excellent food, good value, friendly staff

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Incredible and unique vegan options - Edit

If you are not familiar with the cuisines of East Africa then you are in for a pleasant surprise. Firstly because it's easy to find vegan options, and secondly, because they're AMAZING!

Asmara is an Eritrean restaurant. Alas it primarily serves meat.
Though if I'm honest this does not deter me, as I'm the only herbivore in my omnivore social circle so it's somewhere we can all eat.

The most sensible way to eat East African is through set menus as the food is a shareable platter of dishes presented on a large sour dough pancake (injera).
The vegan set menu is clear and unambiguous, and the place understands the difference between veggie and vegan as there are ovo/lacto dishes separate from the set menu.

Dishes are generally simple but highly flavoured. For example milled chickpea stew, kind of like the best humus you've ever tasted, but warm and spicy! Or other various lentil, pulse, fried green and vegetable dishes.

The platter is £30 for 2 then £8 for each additional person, so £15 pp for 2, £11.50 pp for 4 etc...

I want to go again!!!

Pros: Incredible food, Very good value, Lovely ambience

Cons: Serves meat

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