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This month’s Around the World dinner took place at one my favourite restaurants in London, Mosob. It’s a family run Eritrean restaurant with charming service and delicious food!

Tusker beer at Mosob

The cuisine of Eritrea is influenced by its proximity to and historic links with Ethiopia, Sudan, Arabia and Italy. Religion has also played its part, with meat-free fasting observed by Coptic Christians resulting in striking vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Mosob

The basis of an Eritrean meal is injera, a crepe-like bread made from the taf (or teff) grain grown in the highlands of Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Spinach and Timtimo injera rolls

Spinach and Timtimo injera rolls

Our starters featured injera rolls (filled with spinach and red lentils) accompanied by sambosas and felafel (no, not a typo, that’s how they spell it at Mosob). They are all incredibly tasty and just a teaser of what was yet to come.

Dehro Kuluwa, Bamia mis Siga, Mosob Special and lots of veggies!

Dehro Kuluwa, Bamia mis Siga, Mosob Special and lots of veggies!

Injera is used as a base on which the food is served, and it is also used to pick up your food (which is why you need friends with clean hands!).

Eating with injera

Eating with injera

We were given a demonstration on how to scoop up the food with the injera that is rolled up and provided instead of cutlery.

How to eat with injera

We gorged on lamb, beef, and chicken whilst the veggies indulged in a selection of cabbage, okra, green and red lentils, and spinach.

Veggie dish at Mosob

After a feast of that magnitude, the pots of spiced tea were a welcome digestive.

Spiced teaWe ended the meal with Bunne, the traditional Eritrean coffee ceremony. The beans were roasted and then ceremoniously presented at our table so that we could take a whiff of the amazing aroma.

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The coffee was served with popcorn (which we quickly devoured) and frankincense (which we did not).

Popcorn at Mosob

Digging in

Horse hair is traditionally used as a filter in the coffee pot, but here in Britain they use the mesh of onion bags instead.

Bunne coffee ceremony

Whilst we sipped on coffee, one of the sons that runs the restaurant quizzed us with geographical trivia (I won’t tell you the questions because then you’ll know all the answers when you go). This quizzing is a tradition in their home. When they were growing up, the mother would ask the kids difficult questions to keep them occupied while she cooked (it certainly kept everyone in our group pretty busy).

The Quiz Master at Mosob

The Quiz Master

At the end of the meal, each of our names were spelled out in the local language as a souvenir for us to take home.

Mosob

Mosob was actually the place were the Around the World tradition started two years ago. It was a delight to return and re-indulge in one of the most AWE-some restaurants in London. I recommend you go with a big group of friends, preferably ones with clean hands!

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