Ever had Eritrean food? Give it a try on your next night out with friends in London with a meal at Adulis. Named for the ancient Red Sea port city, Adulis features authentic Eritrean dishes served in the traditional manner, making it a perfect spot to spend an evening with your more adventurous foodie pals. Take a seat in the dimly-lit dining room and raise a toast with a few glasses of miés (honey wine) as you soak in the atmosphere. The walls are decorated with African art, musical instruments, and pottery, beautiful reminders of the old trade routes that gave the city its international character. That worldliness comes to life on the plate, so make sure you order a few different dishes to share with the table so everyone gets a taste.
Everything on the menu is delicious, but if you and your crew are new to the cuisine of northeast Africa, put your faith in the kitchen and order the four-person platter. When the meal comes and you reach for your fork, don’t start accusing your friends of stealing. The small wicker basket of injera – a thin, sponge-like flatbread – will be your cutlery for the night. Tear off a small chunk, dip it into one of several bowls of vividly colored, spice-dappled tsebhi (stew), and pop it in your mouth. The injera’s slightly tangy sourdough notes couple perfectly with any of the selections, whether smoky paprika-infused legumes or fall-apart-tender beef seasoned in spiced clarified butter. When you’ve cleaned your plates of every scrap of cumin and mustard seed, wait for the smell of freshly-roasted coffee to float to your table as your drinkable dessert is prepared. As you sip hot coffee from your tiny cups and munch on the popcorn that comes with it, you can discuss who had the best technique with their fork-free dining.