Red Sea Restaurant (on the Uxbridge Road) offers cuisine from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Yemen. So I could, if inclined, tick off 4 countries in one go. But that doesn’t seem to be in the spirit of the endeavour of the undertaking of the task that I’m tackling. So I ordered Ethiopian and if I can’t find a Yemeni restaurant later on I might come back here.
You could easily miss Red Sea, it looks like any number of anonymous greasy-spoons from the outside, but inside is a basically decorated restaurant, nicely busy with what I assume to be Ethiopian, Eritrean, Somalian and/or Yemeni people. OR, they were all part Ethiopian, part Eritrean, part Somalian and part Yemeni, in which case this is the perfect restaurant for them. That’s quite a hybrid demographic.
The menu doesn’t alert you to the provenance of each dish, (especially the side order of “Meat”) apart from a list on the back which details Abyssinian Dishes. So that’s five countries now.
Not really sure what to order, the waitress kindly ushered me to some tame looking options lower down the menu, but it was the Kitfo that caught my eye. The waitress informed me that the beef was served raw but I was not to be put off. Dr Wassermann says I have the gastric fortitude of a show labradoodle. So not only do I put my taste buds on the line but my oh so delicate intestinal tract too for you my loyal readers. My spouse more sensibly opted for the Chrcoal Grilled Chicken and we shared grilled Halloumi to start. Again with the portions: There was enough to feed four. My Kitfo came out on traditional Ethiopian bread and was both raw and warm, but tasty enough. All washed down with a tall, cool lemon and mint juice, which I have already raved about (here). (No booze here, but you should head to the Queen Adelaide (http://www.thequeenadelaidew12.co.uk/) afterwards if you’re desperate for a snifter.)
£21 for two people.
The only other Ethiopian restaurant I’ve been to is Kokob in Brussels (http://kokob.be/) which is excellent, but now restaurants with only one cuisine seem a bit passé now.
The Red Sea Restaurant
382 Uxbridge Rd
Tel: 0208 749 6888