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“Wonderful food and atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Azmarino

Azmarino
Tweede Sweelinckstraat 6, 1073 EH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
206717587
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Ranked #676 of 2,328 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Price range: $9 - $17
Cuisines: African
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Description: Specialising in East African cuisine, Restaurant Azmarino is set in the Pijp district of Amsterdam, near to Sarphatipark and the famous Albert Cuyp market. Dishes at this Amsterdam restaurant are based largely on Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine, with meat dishes of differing strengths of flavour featuring heavily. All are served with vegetables and 'enjera', a typical sourdough pancake. Here, you also eat the traditional way - with only your hands. Also typical of East Africa is the beer, served in a gourd. Arguably one of the more unusual restaurants in Amsterdam, Restaurant Azmarino offers a little taste of Africa in the heart of the city.
2 reviews
“Wonderful food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

The food is gorgeous and generous and I would recommend giving the African mango beer a try. The staff and the atmosphere were fantastic, being originally from South Africa it made me feel a little at home. The style of dining makes it particularly lovely for couples and groups. Just be aware they don't have card facilities so bring cash, but there is an ATM down the road if you need it

Visited May 2014
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Bad service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I wanted to try something new and decided to go to Azmarino on my birthday. The women working there was passive aggressive. She did not like it a bit when we asked why the pancakes we got were sour. After that every request or question was answered with impatience or irritation. Is seemed as if she was personally offended that we were surprised by the sour taste of the pancakes. The food itself (meat and vegetables) was doable. It was not great and it most certainly did not make up for the unwelcoming behavior of the hostess. We did have a chat with the owner and cook and he was very friendly. He told us a little bit about the kitchen, but that did not make up for the bad service and the fact that the food just isn't that great.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Innsbruck, Austria
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Nice food and staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We ordered a mixed plate of meat and vegetabels for two and the food was really good! Unfortunately it was way too much so we couldn't eat all of it but the nice staff packed the rest for us so we could take it home.
You can drink Mango beer which tasts really good and is served in a coconut shell, pretty cool!
One not so lucky point: the food is quite spicy although we mentioned that we don't want to have something spicy.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Todmorden, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Different!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Thought we'd try this after seeing it recommended on Guardian and it was near our hotel. Very friendly staff and really nice food - a bit spicy though - which you eat with your hands. A different experience but really enjoyable - bring a wet wipe though!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Co Durham
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“First time eating Ethiopian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We enjoyed our visit to Azmarino, the service, food and welcome was really good. We decided to have the chefs choice which was great value. In particular we both enjoyed the meat dishes more than the vegetarian ones. The 'enjera' pancakes were great and made eating with our hands an interesting experience. The food was certainly original and the chef was happy to talk us through the dishes as the restaurant was quiet. We washed down our meal with the coconut and banana beers, delightful. Would we return? Yes! Though next time we'd be selective of the dishes we really enjoyed the most.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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