Offering great food, great beer and a great price, Addis is the only place to eat the Ethiopian delicacy, njera. Located a stone’s throw away from Kings Cross station in London, Addis is popular spot. Everything about this cosy restaurant is enticing, from the sunset-coloured walls to the aroma of freshly brewed Ethiopian coffee. Be sure to try the chickpea shiro and doro wat all helped down with good helpings of delicious Ethiopian beer.
Addis Restaurant, 40-42 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DT, UK, +44 (0)20 7278 0679
This family-run Eritrean restaurant is sure to charm the socks right off your feet. With friendly and attentive staff that love to share little snippets of Eritrean culture, history and food that tastes of clever spicing, this restaurant offers a unique dining experience. Named after the traditional hand-woven serving table, food is served in a central platter, an indulgent spread of lentils with garlic and turmeric, broad beans doused in cumin and chilli and succulent lamb covered in a chocolatey stew. Like its sister Ethiopian cuisine, meat and veg dishes are eaten with the soft, spongey njera. A visit to Mosob is certainly not complete without trying the traditional coffee ceremony.
Mosob, 339 Harrow Road, London W9 3RB, UK, +44 (0)20 7266 2012
Inspired by the famous Gatundu’s chip shop in Kenya, Poussin Plaice turns the simplicity of fast-food into a tantalizing feast. Based on the traditional Kenyan Indian BBQ, foods range from fiery poussin chips to the popular chicken tikka. Favoured by the locals is the classic combination of chips and kachumbari, a refreshing Kenyan salsa of carrots, coriander, lime and onions. Be sure to sample Kenyan favourites of roasted chilli garlic cassava, Swahili Mandazi doughnuts and the special Vimto drink.
Poussin Plaice, 41, Queensbury Station Parade, Queensbury, Edgware, HA8 5NN, UK, +44 (0)20 8952 6660
In picturesque Bath is Tagine Zhor, a Moroccan establishment dedicated to traditional Fez foods ‘as grandmother used to make them’. Proud owner, Mostafa Benjelloun has created the perfect venue to showcase the recipes his grandmother carefully passed on to him. The tagine with chicken and confit lemons or duck, pine nuts and apricots are both winning combinations. Be sure to take some time to browse the downstairs bazaar shop on your way out.
Tagine Zhor, 1A North Parade, Bath, BA1 1LF, UK, +44 (0)1225 466 437
Souk Kitchen is Bristol’s very own North African and Persian inspired culinary gem. Located on Clifton’s Apsley Road, this popular brunch spot has attracted the locals with their Arabian take on breakfast. For a sweet start, sticky medjool dates are paired with greek yoghurt and orange blossom. For a savoury one, the nation-wide favourite Shakshouka, a dish of eggs drowned in sweet tomatoes, roasted peppers and spices is mopped up with warm flatbread. Everything about this place is à la mode and we can see why Bristol can’t seem to get enough of the Souk Kitchen.
Souk Kitchen, Apsley Road, Clifton, Bristol, UK, +44 (0)117 906 7690
Located in London’s trendy Soho district, Bunny Chow has finally brought Durban’s 40s take-away breakthrough to the UK. Essentially, a bunny chow is a loaf hollowed out and stuffed with anything from an English breakfast to pulled pork to a spicy meat curry. They are practical, cheap and damn tasty. This award-winning eatery who have taken Durban’s culinary ingenuity and triumphed in giving it a new welcome home within Soho’s eclectic food scene. They don’t take reservations, so expect long queues during evenings and weekends.
Put some South African love and sentiment into an eccentric Edinburgh café and you’ll get The Caffeine Drip. Diners can play on the hanging African hide drum whilst enjoying knysna, South African hot chocolate made with melted dark chocolate. The interiors are made from recycled wood, the milkshakes are served in jars and the walls are mismatched in bright colours. If you want great coffee shaken up with some South African beats and stirred with a bit of eco-friendly spirit, a trip to Edinburgh cannot go without a visit to The Caffeine Drip.
The Caffeine Drip, 10 Melville Pl, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 7PR, UK, +44 (0)131 538 9579