All reader reviews by Giuliano Simeone

Viet-anh Cafe

This is a top, top place, excellent food, terrific value for money (hard to spend more than £10 per person) friendly and helpful staff and very swift service - you can easily eat here in 20mns if you are in a rush. There is a very good veggie selection and the menu highlights spicy dishes so you can avoid them or go for them according to your tastes. Well worth seeking out - this has to be one of the best places in London in terms of value for money. An absolute gem well worth seeking out even if you aren't in North London.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


Lalibela is really seriously letting itself down these days. It used to serve terrific, spicy ethiopian food practically as good as what you get in Ethiopia. These days, it has turned itself into a manufacturer of bland, soulless, overpriced nosh obviously aimed at the less discriminating end of the market. The place is maybe a victim of its own success with word of mouth bringing in a different crowd that is less bothered about proper food and more interested in an 'exotic' experience. Certainly on the night I was there I was seated next to a group of braying, sloany students who were not the sort of person you would have seen in Lalibela a few years ago. If you are looking for nice decor and Ethiopian music in the background while you eat this is fine. In terms of a good eating experience which tells you something about Ethiopian food, forget it. This is coming from someone who used to go there 2 or 3 times a month and would recommend it to all and sundry incidentally...Until the management get a grip and start producing proper ethiopian food again, this is definitely a place to avoid for the moment. There are so many places out there offering much better value for money.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 1 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 0

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