Lalibela is situated in the south west of Amsterdam, near the Vondelpark, on the no.1 tram route ("J.P. Heijestraat" stop). It's a small, friendly place - we arrived early in the evening (5.30) and before we left people were being turned away.
Lalibela tries to serve authentic Ethiopian cuisine. As all the food is freshly prepared, they are happy to make adjustments as required - e.g. if you don't like your food too hot, just say so. If you don't know what to eat, ask for one of the selections (meat or vegetarian).
The presentation is a bit of a shock to Europeans. Make sure you wash your hands when you enter the restaurant, as the food is served on one communal plate and eaten with the fingers using injeras (a pancake-like sourdough flatbread). For the real Ethiopian experience, sit at one of the circular tables downstairs.
We thought the food was delicious, with a wide variety of textures and tastes in a single course. It was surprisingly filling, and good value for money. The sharing of a meal makes for good conversation!
Finally, a word of caution for thise with a sweet tooth - Ethiopians are not into puddings. We stopped off for a coffee and pastry in the centre of town on our way back to the hotel :-)
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