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Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant welcomes you to try Authentic Ethiopian Food
and Original Paintings from the Horn of Africa

 

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Harambe literally means “all pull together” in Swahili.

Ethiopian food and service is as unique as is the country itself. The traditions here are authentic, and all around you are the scenery, the music, aromas, food, art, history and culture of this ancient civilization. Ethiopia is located on the Horn of Africa.

  • Share together
    Ethiopia is one of the world’s most ancient cultures and the cradle of humanity, with a rich and varied cuisine. Thick, spicy stews and meats and vegetables simmered in sauce, scooped up with pieces of injera (flatbread), are staples. Sharing these foods is central to dining at Harambe Restaurant, located on vibrant Commercial Drive.

    Eat with your hands
    Vibrant is the word to describe the restaurant, too. Stepping in the door from Vancouver’s typically grey weather, you are transported to a world of colour, art and music. The 70-seat Ethiopian restaurant is perfect for couples, groups and families wishing to experience gursha – the art of feeding your companions. In fact, the restaurant does not offer knives and forks – entrees are designed to be eaten with injera or with your hands.

    Spices of life
    A perennial favourite in the Georgia Straight’s Golden Plates Awards for Best African restaurant, Harambe brings all its spices from Ethiopia. Organically grown, they are blended by the owner’s family and impart rich flavour to the fish, lamb, beef, chicken and vegetarian wats and tibs on the menu. Try the chef’s combo with a carafe of traditional honey wine (tej), followed by Ethiopian coffee and tea. You’re in good hands.

  • Ethiopian food and service is as unique as is the country itself. The traditions here are authentic, and all around you are the scenery, the music, aromas, food, art, history and culture of this ancient civilization. Ethiopia is located on the Horn of Africa.

    Traditional basket tables (Mesobs) are in the huts, to fully experience Ethiopian communal dining. Knives and forks are absent as you pick at the food with pieces of Injera the Teff-grain flat bread that will hold the various spiced meat and vegetable presentations known as Wats or Wots.

    Foremost is Dorowat chicken breast in onion-sweet, spicy barbecue-like sauce which has no tomato. Instead it has a sophisticated spice combination known as Berbere – hot red peppers, ginger, rue seed, sacred basil, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bishop’s weed are among other spices individually prepared and grounded together in the exotic blend.

    A particular favorite is Tibs, small chunks of beef; lamb, chicken or shrimp sautéed in onion, rosemary and spiced butter. Kitfo and Gored-Gored, other favorites among Ethiopians, consist of raw beef mixed with Berbere sauce.

    Vegetable dishes are also varied and exotically spiced, reflecting that Ethiopian Orthodox Christians are vegetarians for up to 200 fasting days per year.

    Combination platters have been structured to give a broad spectrum of the variable food varieties. Desserts are limited, as sweets are not part of the culture. Hence, ice cream is known as “Missionary’s Delight.”

  • Tea (Shai) and coffee (Buna), however, are part of the culture. The spiced-tea water hardly needs tea leaves, and coffee is very special – coffee originated in an Ethiopian province known as Kefa. The Ethiopian coffee ceremony is a special event – an elegant, leisurely, after-dinner social occasion with religious overtones and roots antedating Christianity itself. The ceremony is offered at Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant as a gift of the ages from the land of 13 months of sunshine, Ethiopia.