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“Great Food, Cheap Beer!”

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant
Ranked #33 of 145 Restaurants in Kigali
Cuisines: Ethiopian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed March 11, 2013

We went on a Friday night when they have a dinner buffet for 5,000 fr (~$8) and the large beers for 1,000 fr. This was easy to go to with a big group and it is the best Ethiopian food I've ever had!

Thank Natalie C
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

Wow, I've eaten Ethiopian food before and then I've eaten at Lalibela. The atmosphere is just wonderful, the fire pit with the atmospheric eatery section just makes for a memorable night. Then, the food, it's not just good for Kigali, it's good by Addis Ababa, where I was left disappointed by how hard it was to find something even in the same ball park as Lalibelas, let alone something that topped it. Something special for Kigali.

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Reviewed March 8, 2013

If you like Ethiopian food (not everyone does I guess), this place is great. The ambiance leaves a lot to be desired, but the service is excellent and the food very very good. Vegetarian lunch buffet is quick and good, and the vegetarian platter is great!

Thank Nupur1
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

The food is so good and the lunch buffet is a great value. They sometimes also have bonfires in the evenings to relax and enjoy Kigali at night.

Thank Melissa S
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Lalibela Ethiopian restaurant does an awesome Friday night buffet. For 5000RwF per person, there are several dishes to choose from and unlike many buffets in Kigali, you can go back for more than one plate. The restaurant is very nice, with lots of outdoor seating and extremely friendly staff. They have huge Primus beers for cheap, but their wine is quite expensive. For the buffet, there is lots of injera (the staple bread, and gluten-free at this restaurant as it's made exclusively from Teff flour as its supposed to!!) a few different meat dishes (lamb stew, spicy chicken and egg stew and beef stew) and a huge variety of lentil, vegetable, potato, pumpkin and chickpea stews, along with fresh cold vegetables (huge slices of avocado, cucumber, sliced tomato). I basically tried a little bit of everything and it was all delicious, perfectly spiced, and went down very well with a big piece of injera as a utensil (they do offer forks and knives). There was also some fruit salad for dessert, and a documentary on Ethiopia playing on a projector. All in all I was very impressed with the selection and quality of the food for the price paid. I will definitely be going back next Friday, but will probably pass on the red wine as this was the only disappointing and expensive part to the meal.

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Thank laura v
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