It was in 1988 Mesfin Hagos remembers it well. Just before the Dutch won the European Championships and Amsterdam had its biggest party ever, he had a celebration of his own: the opening of Lalibela in the Amsterdam district of De Baarsjes. It was quite a gamble at the time. “We were the first Ethiopian restaurant in the Netherlands. Although Ethiopia has a long-standing culinary tradition, here in Europe people were not really acquainted with it,” he smiles. In the decades since, Lalibela has become a household name, known for their friendly hospitality and authentic Ethiopian cuisine.