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La Mandoline

behind MedhaneAlem church next to Swiss Cafe | just off of Bole Tele road in Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
(0)116629482
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Ranked #3 of 131 restaurants in Addis Ababa
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Note that there are no street addresses in Ethiopia! I've done my best to describe its location as would be done by one person living in Ethiopia to another. I lived in Ethiopia for 2 years, and I assure you this place exists. A map to this establishment can be found in the American Embassy publication at: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/ethiopia/427391/PDF%20files/The%20Lion%20June%209.pdf
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Note that there are no street addresses in Ethiopia! I've done my best to describe its location as would be done by one person living in Ethiopia to another. I lived in Ethiopia for 2 years, and I assure you this place exists. A map to this establishment can be found in the American Embassy publication at: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/ethiopia/427391/PDF%20files/The%20Lion%20June%209.pdf
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

It was my last meal in Addis and what a treat! The food was absolutely superb, looked and tasted great and was great value. It was definitely one of, if not, my favourite meals in Addis and wouldn't hesitate to return. The only slight issue was my partners 'crudites' to start turned out to be a salad rather the expected... More

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North Berwick, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Let's start with the irritating thing which is that in the two years I have been In Addis, the menu has barely changed and even when the restaurant moved, the opportunity was not taken to invigorate things. So after the last two visits in its previous incarnation when my order was forgotten on one occasion and incorrect on the other,... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Spent about 30 mins trying to find this much hyped restaurant, when some young helpful locals pointed out where the restaurant used to be....

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

It is behind the Bole Medhanalem Church compound, not far from the airport. A great selection of French food and desserts.

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Maryland baltimore
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Terrible place discusting food i would not sugest going there the food makes me throwup in my mouth and so will u if u go there

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013 via mobile

This is an excellent restaurant. The venue is poor especially in rainy season when it can get quite cold but the owners have tried to compensate with the design which is simple yet warm.The service is attentive with the owners clearly taking time to train the staff (although definitely better when owner is about) It is a very nice location... More

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London
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

The food is very good here. The owner recommended the beef and we were a little hesitant - wondering about the quality of beef in an arid country. But it was excellent and beautifully cooked. An elegant place well worth a visit: best to book though because the word is out !

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Suffolk
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

If you want a taste of top class food then this is the place. Try the Steak au poivre - without doubt the best in Addis. Suggest you book as always very,very busy. Great atmosphere, reasonable priced wines.!!

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Food is always excellent and consistent, great service and beautiful outdoor space for lunch! My recommendation would be to sit outside because sometimes the inside can get stuffy.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

It is not French like you can eat in France but a very good try. A nice clean place in the messy Ethiopian main city. The food was better than average. My whole group (I am a tour leader) loved this restaurant. Good choice for wines. A very nice and professional staff who spoke even a few words french. It... More

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