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“Interesting food, friendly welcome, good value for money” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kokeb Ethiopian Restaurant

Kokeb Ethiopian Restaurant
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Ranked #1,857 of 21,585 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Deal, United Kingdom
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265 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Interesting food, friendly welcome, good value for money”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

This small restaurant, tucked away behind Pentonville Prison, is definitely worth seeking out. For me it was a first (but I hope not last) taste of Ethiopian cuisine, and I found it extremely enjoyable - for £16 pounds ahead we had enough food to keep us very nicely full, with an Ethiopian beer to drink.

Served communally, and eaten by tearing the unleavened bred into little 'parcels' one fill with meat or vegetables (these were particularly nice), eating is an enjoyable and eating experience.

Kokeb is a small restaurant (6 tables, I think), and clearly the lovely and welcoming owner has a lot to do to serve and (I think) cook as well - so this isn't the place to go for fast food. But if you want to try something different in north London, I can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Visited June 2013
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Fakenham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Gorgeous food. ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

Yummo! Very accomodating for my friend to practice his language skills. Order what she tells you to and it will be worth it.

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California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Like being invited to an exotic dinner at your posh relative's”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

There are several choices in London for Ethiopian, and I've just had the best. The food is excellent; you can taste the care, subtlety, effort and quality whatever you order. I had the vegetarian combination and couldn't decide which dish I liked better. The dining space is very well-lit, nicely decorated and comfortable. Above all, the service is wonderful; a very hospitable if not familial atmosphere. I cannot recommend Kokeb enough!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Loughton, United Kingdom
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157 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“So delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

I visited with a group of colleagues after reading the excellent reviews on here. None of us having eaten Ethiopian food before, we were a bit unsure what to order so decided on the Kokeb House Special priced at £14 each. We were served a delicious selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes accompanied by injera (Ethiopian flatbread). It was also good to sample Ethiopian lager and bitter and everything is very reasonably priced. I would probably go every night if I was a local! Highly recommended.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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“nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

It was my first time in an Ethiopian restaurant and it was a nice experience. We shared a couple of dishes eating them by hands. Good portion in relation to the price. Nice lamb, poor desserts. We were served by a nice lady which cheered us with her manners.

  • Visited June 2013
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