London's best African restaurants

Great, tasty, eclectic food

North African fare has long been a culinary favourite: tagines, couscous, rich goat stews, fresh vegetables combined with sticky fruits and herbs; but recently cuisines from across the entire continent are getting a good footing in the UK.

Tunisian, Ugandan, Nigerian, Eritrean and Ethiopian food all feature in our guide to London's best African restaurants.

And if you're looking for great African food on the go, then try South Africa's Bunny Chow

Le Rif Cafe & Restaurant
172 Seven Sisters Road N7 7PX
Region: Islington
Nearest Station: Finsbury Park (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Tagine is the national dish of Morocco, an aromatic stew that’s simmered in a clay pot over a long period of time. Incredibly Le Rif offers them for a fiver alongside a few western dishes like spag bol. The only drawback is that the venue is unlicensed, although food is available to take away.

Momo Restaurant
25-27 Heddon Street W1B 4BH
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: If asked to name a restaurant that serves African food, most Londoners will mention Momo, the glamourous Heddon Street eatery serving North African tagines and wood pigeon pastilla. There’s also a Moorish-inspired terrace for smoking shisha and a nightclub in the basement.

  • USERS 8/10
40-42 Caledonian Road N1 9DT
Region: Islington
Nearest Station: King's Cross St. Pancras (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: They’re sticklers for tradition at this Ethiopian restaurant. The menu has wot, the national dish, a spicy stew with meat, fish, vegetables or pulses, served with injera, a slightly sour, spongy bread that’s often used instead of plates and cutlery. You can eat at a conventional table or at a ‘mesob’ on the floor, and there’s a range of Ethiopian beers available too.

Mosob Eritrean Restaurant
339 Harrow Road W9 3RA
Region: Kilburn
Nearest Station: Westbourne Park (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Given that Eritrea was once a colony of Italy it’s not unusual to see Italian dishes on menus, however it has a distinctive gastronomy in its own right. At Mosob the only trace of Italian food are desserts like tiramisu and tartufo; instead top billing is given to grilled meats and things like minchetabish, a spicy minced beef casserole with boiled eggs. Injera, a type of spongy pancake, is served with most dishes to mop up the juices.

  • USERS 9/10
126 West Green Road N15 5AA
Region: South Tottenham
Nearest Station: Seven Sisters (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This daytime restaurant has a mixture of Ugandan, Indian and Caribbean dishes, so you’ll find curry goat stew, charcoal grilled meats and rotis. It’s a no-frills kind of eatery, but you’ll get plentiful portions at low prices.

350 Old York Road SW18 1SS
Region: Wandsworth
Nearest Station: Wandsworth Town

AIL Says: This Moroccan restaurant first found fame on Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word, but it’s stood the test of time. During the day it’s a café and deli popular with the local yummy mummies; in the evening couples feast on tagines and grilled meats with flatbreads. The sleek bar serves cocktails and enticing snacks like prawns tossed in harissa and chicken and almond pastilla.

  • USERS 9/10
Adam's Cafe
77 Askew Road W12 9AH
Region: Shepherd's Bush
Nearest Station: Ravenscourt Park (0.6 miles)

AIL Says: The speciality here is Tunisian couscous, but Adam’s Café first became a local favourite thanks to its hearty breakfasts. It’s still open all day as a caff, but come in the evening for tagines, ratatouille and merguez.

  • USERS 10/10
805 Restaurant
805-807 Old Kent Road SE15 1NX
Region: Peckham
Nearest Station: Queen's Road (Peckham) (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: Nigerian food is not for delicate palates, as it’s intense, often spicy and uses parts of the animal you might turn your nose up at like cow’s foot and cow’s liver. However it’s an exciting cuisine with strong flavours and great combinations of ingredients – yams and cassavas mop up stews, smoked fish and meat are cooked together, and starchy foods like semolina abound. 805 is beloved of Nigerians and therefore a great place to start; be aware it’s not cheap and cheerful however as mains are around £15, but portions are big.

  • USERS 8/10
Queen Of Sheba
12 Fortess Road NW5 2EU
Region: Kentish Town
Nearest Station: Kentish Town (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: If the sound of roasted chickpeas mixed with crispy dried meat, cooked in Ethiopian batter, simmered in red onion, garlic ginger and served in a sizzling clay pot doesn’t make you salivate, quite frankly what will? The Queen of Sheba is popular with Ethiopian expats and vegetarians.

  • USERS 8/10

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