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“So very unusual for us” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Axum

Axum
Ranked #963 of 3,425 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Stadsdeel Zuid
Dunedin
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71 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“So very unusual for us”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

This was our first Ethiopian food experience and we loved it. If you want a quick meal, this may not be the place for you. The food was so different to what we normally have at home and it is a very relaxed wee eating place. Go there and experience something totally unique. 111 euros for one course for 8 of us, including a drink each, which we thought was very reasonable. Would definitely go back for more if we visit Amsterdam again.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank hann9
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English first
Oakland, CA
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118 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“So good we ate there twice in one week”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

A mother-daughter operation - we happened on this little place off Utrechtstraat - greeted warmly, left to ponder the menu. Ordered beers and waited for our food. Noticed everyone else's food looked and smelled really good. We tried a goulash-like stew which she made not-too-spicy for us, a minced lamb stew that was on the bland/mild side; but the second time we came our server recommended a more interesting, well-seasoned but not spicy lamb dish and along with the spicy beef in red sauce we had no trouble eating everything. Because everything is made for you when you order, it might seem to some that service is slow - it isn't really - just enjoy and relax. You will be rewarded!

  • Visited October 2011
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Thank SaraEOakland
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Lugano, Switzerland
1 review
“Delicious food, great hospitality, excellent memory - a small tour into ethiopia!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

We are walking around the neighborhoods of Fredericksplein and ended up at this restaurant by chance. It was an amazing discovery. The food is extremely delicious. The lady who owns the place is very nice. She customized the food to our requirements, replacing milk with other delicious ingredients. We spent a long time talking about ethiopia with her. It's not Dutch, but it's definitely one of the fond memories we brought back from Amsterdam! Highly recommend this place,

  • Visited August 2011
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Thank prakash p
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Palmer, Alaska
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Less than anticipated.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

This review is based on 23 years experience of enjoying Ethiopian restaurants in many countries and cities. The decor was pleasant and comfortable. The service was unexpected for Ethiopian restaurants, the waitress was unengaged and the guest was expected to spoon his own stews onto the platter.

Taste wise, we ordered Doro Wat, Lamp Tebs, Shiro Wat & a salad. The Doro Wat was fair but needed a bit more berber & was stingy withbonly a half egg. The Shiro Wat was like none other I've had, thin like runny soup and barely deserving of the flavor moniker "Wat." From the few Tebs provided, I can safely say they need improvement to before being even an "average" dish at a typical Ethiopian restaurant. On a bright note, the injera did incorporate some teff into it's batter and had plenty of effervescent eyes, although still very little sourness.

Overall, I can't recommend this Axum restaurant to anyone who has never tried Ethiopian cuisine before because it is not typical of the service and wonderful flavors one should expectbin this cuisine. For the more experienced Ethiopian restaurant guest, I would search finer fare else ware in Amsterdam.

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A memorable night on Utrechtsestraat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2011

If you appreciate true ethnic food, you must go there! Absolutely fabulous food, you must try the Duba (pumpkin) and the En qudis (creamy mushroom) and Lamb stew. All fabulous dishes! It is in the center of town and an easy walk Rembrantplein and very close to Amstelveld. If you want to get away from the tourist traps, this is a great find.

  • Visited April 2011
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Thank CherylNesbit
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