Queen of Sheba
12 Fortess Road
Kentish Town
Camden NW5 2EU
Oh dear. We did this ages ago. One year ago in fact! November 2011; when a tube ride to Kentish Town was 5.6% cheaper. We actually went twice: the first time to find out that they are closed for lunch on Sunday and then back for dinner during the week. Luckier try! It was deserted when we got there, but welcoming. Warm, friendly and relaxed, exactly as they say on their website. Plus, after the Eritrean experience, we were very looking forward to some more “Injeras & Co”. After all, once you go Injera…you never come back..! Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisines are almost identical even though I think I liked the Ethiopian’s better. I’d say the starters really did it for me at Mosob… Anyway, since it’s been a while, my memory is fading a little but I’m fairly sure Edo had the Meat Selection with lamb and beef and I had the Veggie Selection: Misir w’et; Atjklet w’et; Kik alich’a – in order: spicy red lentils; sautéed cabbage with potatoes and carrots; split yellow peas. Plenty of injeras to scoop it up and don’t remember what drinks to wash it down with. All very nice, tasty and beautifully cooked…maybe a little milder than I thought, but it is just an insignificant detail. The service was speedy and kind and the restaurant got busier and busier. Wouldn’t’ be surprised to see it packed during the weekend. After a bite and a chat and a look around we thought: “I’m craving something…. Hang on, I know, I need a coffee”. Now, when we get to this stage we usually pay and head off home to watch and kiss and worship that little wonder our Nespresso machine is. But not this time. Not if you are given the chance to experience the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. There’s no sarcasm in my words, I promise. If coffee is a ritual in Italy, it raises to a completely new level in Ethiopia. Coffee beans are roasted and grounded in front of you with a mortar and pestle. Can’t even describe how mind blowing the smell is. The coffee goes into a clay boiling pot and a small brazier with frankincense is lit. Once the coffee is brewed, it is poured into tiny handle-less cups of which I think I drank 75! I feel ashamed for what I’m about to say, but if coffee is named after Kafa and not after Naples there’s probably a reason. So whether you’d like to prove me wrong, or right, or just want to sniff something overwhelming but legal, make a pit stop at Queen of Sheba. Dinner and coffee are cheaper than Starbucks’ Americano!

  • Food: 4
  • Ambience: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 5
  • Overall: 4.25
Well, it’s been ages since we were there so don’t expect fireworks here. The run-up to Christmas got in the way and neither of us got round to actually doing the review. Also, it was a bit of a repeat of Eritrea, so our creative flairs were slightly less active than average.

The place is near Camden locks, at a corner of a reasonably busy street. It looks basic but nice and with some atmosphere from the outside.

The waiter – or was he the owner – was an absolute gentleman and seemed to know quite a lot about Ethiopian culture and cuisine.

The meal was good – albeit almost identical to Eritrea which had come right before in our adventure. I won’t even go into the details of what I had because it was literally the same dishes as the previous one. In comparison this one was tastier and slightly spicier.

I loved the coffee experience: it was very good, different, very well presented, and we learnt that coffee actually does come originally from Ethiopia (I googled it because I wouldn’t believe it). Coffee is actually the name of an Ethiopian town.

Overall we had a good night out in a nice simple place with good food and very good service. Maybe not worth driving to NW for it if it hadn’t been for the mission but I enjoyed it.

  • Food: 3
  • Ambience: 2.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Overall: 3.37