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Zigni House

330 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 3PB, England (Islington / Clerkenwell)
+44 (0)20 7226 7418
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Ranked #1,696 of 17,059 restaurants in London
Price range: $14 - $25
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian, Wine Bar
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout, Buffet
Neighborhood: Islington / Clerkenwell
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Dining options: Reservations, Takeout, Buffet
Neighborhood: Islington / Clerkenwell
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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

A group of four of us visited the restaurant on a weekday evening and were the only people there the whole time. This would usually have been off-putting, but there was some great music playing and we had a good catch-up. Considering there was no-one else there, service was incredibly slow. However, the food was worth the wait and luckily... More

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London
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Me and HelBel love this place. We always order the mixed platter (with no broccolli!) and it is a bargain. A huge sour pancake (injera) with lots of different piles of delicious things to mop up (and extra pancakes round the edge). They are always willing to bring more if needed. The stews and curries are delicious. The last bit... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

I stumbled across this place by accident years ago, and I'm so glad I did. The food is so tasty, even for someone new to Ethiopean food, like I was. The curries go so well with the wot traditional bread - but my favourite is the beef tibits; so spicy and delicious. I've been with vegetarian friends and they are... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

I have spent there my birthday and the twenty of us has an amazing meal, which was not expensive at all. The waiters were really nice and accomodating with all my guests; i strongly suggest you try it out!

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London
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Zigni house has a family atmosphere, with warmth and friendliness from the chef who came to our table explain the dishes, to the waiter, who served with great enthusiasm. We had the large vegetarian platter for two, which was outstanding. It is clear that the food is freshly cooked, and each vegetable was spiced in a particular and unique way.... More

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Sergy, Rhone-Alpes, France
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I enjoyed my meal at Zigni house. The food was delicious - spicy lamb stew served on a light pancake was my main course. Very filling. I had also had a starter with lentils and pancake so it made for too much in the end, but it was all delicious. Friendly service, and safe ambiance for solo female diners.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Just got home from Zigni House. I've never tried Eritrean food before, but I was rather curious and have always wanted to eat with my hands, only with the help of an injera. The decoration and the atmoshphere of the restaurant was warm, simple and not pretentious at all. We've had an amazing service, with the staff smiling at all... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I are regulars at Zigni, and the reasons are very simple: the food is fresh and delicious, the service wonderful, the value really great. Eritrean food is one of the best in the world in my opinion, and at Zigni it gets cooked wonderfully. The injera, the bread on which food is served, is very tasty on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

This was my first Eritrean meal. The food was great, as I'd been led to expect. But the two outstanding surprises were the home made honey wine (brewed on the premises for four months apiece, with nothing but Eritrean honey, hops and water. A beautiful, light citrus wine like nothing I'd tried previously. Much more refreshing than British mead), and... More

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Newport, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Love Eritrean food and this did not disappoint. Basic decor but the food and service was good. Good value for money too.

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