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“Friendly staff and great food” 4 of 5 stars
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Abyssinia
Valentin, Lausanne, Switzerland
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Ranked #140 of 461 Restaurants in Lausanne
Cuisines: Ethiopian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Okinawa, Japan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Friendly staff and great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We had the large vegetarian degustation menu. When we finished the first serving, the waiter directly came to offer more lentils and more bread. Good service and the food was very nice.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Zurich
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“OK Place, absolute ridicolous prices for ALDI wines they sell....”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

We went there to have dinner on a Saturday night. The place was at 7.30pm still empty and has the atmosphere of an old dusty dark pub, the service was as slow as if all the place would have been crowded. We had to wait 20 minutes for our drinks and remind the waiter twice, the food was ok although the lamb meat was not really soft. The prices for food were not cheap at all but ok for Switzerland however on wine they charge for a African Rock Cabernet Pinotage which is exactly the bottle from ALDI (so this is where they shop for their drinks and food... not sure if I really want to eat meat there again...) 35 CHF whereas the price at ALDI standard range is 2.95 CHF!!!!!! I guess this is a real rip-off - buying the lowest quality of wine existing and selling it for over 10 times the price! Let's hope they do not buy their meat in this manner...
We would not go back again, for the money spent there you can absolutely do better!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva, Switzerland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Simple and over-prized”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

The place has the charme of a cheap pub that decided to sell some food, but does not really bother about the quality. The food is so simple and without any surprise. However, the surprise comes with the bill. Its ridiculous how much money they are asking for. Well you have to consider nothing is cheap in Lausanne, but there things that own the right be costy, but certainly not this place. The service was alright for a Swiss restaurant.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Lausanne
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Not by much but probably the best Ethiopian in Lausanne”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

Great food but needed a little more chili. Degustation menu is good value with starter and dessert included. Nice atmosphere and a little better for me than the Red Sea or Blue Nile, but not by much.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva, Switzerland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Delicious food in atmospheric setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

The food is very delicious with vegetarian (not sure about the bread, but the main dishes seem to be vegan), fish and meat choices.
The setting is Eritrean inspired, with low seating.
The service is not exactly up to Swiss standards, but in a more leisurely african way of life. You might have to ask twice for something but you will get it with a smile. A real no-rush restaurant with amazing food.

Visited January 2012
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