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Alem Ethiopian Restaurant

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Victoria Ave, Blantyre, Malawi
+265 1 822 529
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53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

It may be the only Ethiopian Restaurant in Blantyre. I went in on a Friday for lunch. It's a bit pricey between 4500-5000 kwacha so maybe $8-10 USD. I had the lentils. They brought them out to me very quickly. The injera was pretty standard, maybe a little bit softerr than I am used to. I think if I went... More 

Thank Kimberly S
Stratford, Canada
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225 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2015

A very good choice for food in Blantyre. A dry establishment. Typical Ethiopian choices and very good injera.

Thank gwilliams
Mzuzu, Malawi
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2015

Dropped by for lunch and ordered a rather pricey dish. It looked very good and was a unique experience of Ethiopia. Sadly I did not enjoy the food too much. But if you like Ethiopian food and a bit of money left its your best bet in Blantyre for Ethiopian food.

Thank Quadrob
Dundee, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2015

We really liked tis resurant although you do get non Etheopian food thats the main reason for coming, the food was really good with decent service and great coffee (no alcohol), if you like Etheopian food or just want to try it this is a good place to start

Thank ColinC715
Kampala, Uganda
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79 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2015

Great food but the staff are a bit careless. If you are seated on the veranda (to watch the street) you need to bounce back and forth to get things done. Inside, simple and nice

Thank kintu z
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2014

Ate here a few months back while in Blantyre. It was my first time eating Ethiopian food and it did not disappoint. It was a great change from the regular meals we had been having in Malawi and the service was great.

Thank tylerwein
Manchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2014

Authentic Ethiopian food in Malawi, perfect for when you are bored with the other options. the place seems to have been there for years and years and is rather dusty and tired, so may loose passing trade because it often appears shut! in fact the door was locked when we arrived, but wait a minute as the owner will appear!... More 

Thank Muggy_44
Milan, Italy
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77 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2014

Alem restaurant is a little joyful place where to go for lunch , dinner or even just for a juice. The owner is a good friend and everytime I go there with friends even at night he wait for us till late hours. Njera is really good but lentils sauce and Zighini are special. Do not miss natural Juices! mango... More 

Thank Pit B
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2012

This was a horrible experience!!!!! When we were there, we thought the food was overpriced for the quality but OK. HOWEVER, two hours later, my husband and I both started feeling sick- and then we vomitted and felt like death for about the next 12 hours. UGH! We both ordered different things, and we might have sampled each other's foods-... More 

Thank Ivy G
Durham, North Carolina
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2012

My friend and I stumbled onto this place while looking for lunch in Blantyre. Although the menu was somewhat limited in terms of selection the food, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian Ethiopian, was really good. They also served typical Malawian dishes (chicken, nsima, beef, rice, etc.) but I can't vouch for those. The owner waited on us and cooked the food... More 

Thank Jonathan C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
African, Ethiopian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Victoria Ave, Blantyre, Malawi
  • Location: Africa  >  Malawi  >  Southern Region  >  Blantyre
  • Phone Number: +265 1 822 529

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?