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Maida Hill, London
56 Hanbury St, London E1 5JL
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9 reviews of Mosob in English
I’ve been meaning to visit Mosob for a very long time, having walked and driven past it so many times. It has certainly been worth the wait, the experience was a very special treat!
I am a big fan of all things African and Mosob feels very genuine. The mixture of coffee roasting and frankincense transports you into a different world and makes you forget the urban sprawl of Harrow Road.
The staff make you feel very welcome and I felt like visiting someone’s home rather than a restaurant. Everything on the menu sounded delicious but we were grateful for the guidance we received. I would probably never have chosen a dish of chicken and boiled egg in a chilli sauce, but this was the absolute highlight of our mixed platter!
Even though it was late we could not resist the temptation of Bunne – especially as staff had been waving the coffee beans under our noses all night which are roasted especially for each round of coffee.
I had experienced the ceremony once before in Africa and was transported back when the hot popcorn and frankincence came along. The perfect finale to a relaxing night. I slept very well, dreaming of Africa …
We went last night and were 5 in total. The staff is very welcoming and eager to talk about Eritrea. They helped us choose the food which is eaten without cutlery, scooping up from large tray with this flat soft bread. Very interesting experience all in all. The sambosas and spinach rolls we had for starters were also excellent. If you're vegetarian, as them to separate the vegetarian dishes from the meat ones as otherwise it will be all laid on this large dish to share from. Service is friendly and relaxed, only a little slow, especially if you're really hungry. The coffee ceremony is very interesting and the coffee, freshly roasted, delicious. The pop corn served with it was delicious too. I recommend it to anyone who wants to try something different, fairly priced and in a relaxed atmosphere. We'll definitely go back. (Spent £100 between 5 people)
I went to Mosob with a group of friends and we had a fantastic evening.
The food was to die for - we sampled some of the samosa-like starters and then moved on to a shared platter of various meat and vegetarian dishes all served on a generous base of Eritrean bread. Everything from the spicy lamb to milder lentil stew was delicious.
The service was also excellent - the waiter was not only very attentive, but entertained us with stories about his native country and general knowledge quizzes.
I would recommend this place to anyone - particularly after we were pleasantly surprised by the reasonable price of the meal!
Mosob is a nice authentic Eritrean/Ethiopian restaurant in West London, where you and a group can go and be treated like kings. As long as you don't mind being there all evening, because the service is so slow and haphazard it almost becomes part of the event.
The interior is dark and atmospheric, and is spread out over long leather couches, so is very large group --friendly. The food is good and decently priced and should set you back no more than 30 a head all included, with the staff (when you can find them0 happy to recommend and help anyone not too familiar with African fare. If you have yet to finish your food, or overordered (a common affliction) be sure to get the food packed up and take it home. It tastes better the following day ;-)
I was here in a group of four last night, and I liked it a lot. Our server was friendly, funny, quizzed us on Africa geography, let us see a picture book of Asmara, and made good suggestions.
It’s certainly not fancy inside but it’s comfortable; the whole place has a friendly, casual feel.
Food is similar to Ethiopian (though the staff will be quick to claim there are differences, and our party thought that last night’s food was spiced more flavourfully than hot). Order your dishes and they all come dumped into little piles on a platter of injera, the soft, sour bread you use to scoop the rest up. Forget plates, forget utensils: get stuck in and get your hands dirty. There are vegetable dishes, but you’ll have to ask for them to be plated up separately if you don’t want them dumped together with the meat.
We started with some spinach rolls (excellent) and timtimo rolls, then shared some awaze qulwa (beef stew), zigni (lamb stew), shiro (ground chickpeas) and alicha (mixed veg). They’ve got European and African beers (St George and Bati, not on the menu, just ask).
They’ve got fresh mint tea served in nice pots. And if you like coffee, go for the coffee ceremony: they roast the coffee beans in a small pot and bring them out to let you (and the rest of the restaurant) smell the vapors, then brew the coffee with spices in it, bring it to the table in a round earthernware pot (with enough coffee for up to 6 people), and place a censer of intensely smoking incense by your table to surround you (and the rest of the restaurant, whether they want it or not!) with a pungent fog. Just don’t expect it to happen quickly! The coffee ceremony takes at least 15 minutes and, on a busy weekend night like last night, it can take a lot longer. But it’s a laid-back vibe, so just enjoy.
Four of us ate starters and mains, we all had a beer (one of us had two), we had the coffee ceremony, and it came to £62 including the service charge. £15.50 per head all in, that’s not bad.
It shows off its pride offering the tradional cuisine and way of eating, more to the point…be prepared for a mess as you will have to eat those authentic food by hands! Don’t panic, cutleries will be provided upon request.
I’m not familiar with African cuisine but this one made the first impression well remembered. Good food, good spice. Friendly atmosphere and price.
Should you want to swing by on Saturdays please make a reservation beforehand.
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