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“Worth a visit for a different experience.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Laliberla Ethiopian Restaurant

Laliberla Ethiopian Restaurant
Eerste Helmersstraat 249 | 1054 DX Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Ranked #836 of 2,414 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Cuisines: African
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit for a different experience.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

off the beaten track but if your not riding a bike what the hell are you doing in the Dam? big platter with enough food for two, a bottle of malbec and a tip for 50 euros. in the dams thats excellent value and the food was ace. nice to eat with your fingers and some tasty fare. real good for the veggies as lots of choice and the chap service was a gent. some of the decor was a little interesting as the missus has a Guinea Pig skin stapled to the wall next to her head which i found rather amusing but its all part of the fun. intimate setting and something you should go and do.

  • Visited July 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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English first
London, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Mild”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We went here after reading review in Lonely Planet. Apparently it's the oldest Ethiopian restaurant in Amsterdam. Sadly everything tasted the same and all of the dishes were really watery which made the injera soggy. This is not true Ethiopian- I hope somewhere else in town is serving something more authentic.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Turku, Finland
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“Lalibela, the place for Ethiopian in Amsterdam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Lalibela, as the place is actually called, is not precisely centrally located, but can be very easily reached with a tram. Also, if you happen to be in Vondelpark, you are already almost there.

I have loved Ethiopian since I was introduced to the cuisine, and have a taste for the mixed vegetarian plates. As luck would have it, Lalibela serves one of these on its menu, for a very affordable 13-something euro price as well.

The food was just wonderful, washed down with a coconut beer as usual. At first I thought that they were being stingy with their injera bread, but when I started to run low, the waitress came over and offered me some more for no extra cost. Makes sense really, giving the patrons only as much as they really need, fresh from the kitchen.

The decoration of the place is quite unusual, as it is very heavy on African Christian motives. Now I am not generally one to mix religion into my dining experience, but since this is a theme one rarely sees, and the decorations are rather nice to look at, I did not mind it at all. It just serves to give the restaurant a personal air.

It should be noted I rolled in at about ten at night, an hour before the restaurant closes, but I was still served in a hospitable manner, the kitchen performed its job perfectly, and I never felt rushed. I think I have found my regular spot for Ethiopian in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam
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“Solid Ethiopian Destination”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Was happy to make a special stop into this place while riding by on my bike.

Kit Fo for 12e was tastey and well prepared.

Wit Bier was Hoegardden at 2.50e.

Atmosphere was relaxed and service was fine. Bathroom was clean as you need to wash your hands before this type of meal.

I was alone but it would be a nice casual date destination. Definitely worth the bike ride out of town.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“'the place' for Ethiopian food.. a great experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

This is a reasonably regular haunt for us, as it's always great good, and the experience is pretty unique. If we have visitors, its on place we try to take them to.

The food is well priced, as are the drinks. They have Heineken beer on tap, and a few imported ones, which are fair trade ones (and not special Ethiopian beers).

The food is served on large pancakes (called injera I believe), along with a couple on the side, which you use to pick up the food.

Be aware, there is no cutlery/silverware here, you eat with your fingers from a shared platter, and it's a highly sociable experience.

You get the shared platter, and then whatever you have specifically ordered from the menu comes in a separate pot, the table server will put a spoonful or two on your side of the platter, and then you eat away.

We think that recently, the amount of the pancakes served has been reduced. It is always possible to ask for more, but be aware that they are filing, and I've taken people there where 1/2 way through the meal have suggested we order more, only to be unable to eat them by the end of the meal.

If you are veggie, make sure you tell them, don't assume that just because you've ordered a veggie meal from the menu.. This is especially important if one had ordered meat and one has not, as the side dishes vary accordingly. If you are a hardcore veggie, and want your meal separate, tell them so also.

Finally, if you are a coffee person, check out the Ethiopian coffee, complete with incense to smoke out the rest of your party, always great fun.

they have a couple of tables outside, on the front of the restaurant, so you're in the street, people walking by and the scooters from the pizza takeaway a few doors down making noise.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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