April 20th, 2012. Axum Ethiopian Restaurant
After a fun but loooong business trip what’s a good way to get back into the groove of things at home? Why a group dinner! I’d been wanting to try either Ethiopian or Afghan food for the longest time now and with my best bud Brent visiting from California was successful in getting together a pretty good group for dinner!
I literally drive by this place ALL THE TIME whenever I’m driving into downtown Vancouver. I’d always thought it was interesting..but I was sketched out by the location. However, after some research on Yelp it turns out that this is THE PLACE to go for Ethiopian food. Can’t hurt to give it a try!
The interior is much cleaner than you’d think from looking at the exterior…and the wait staff is actually very warm and friendly. You get the feeling that it’s a true family run restaurant. They even started to set up for some down-home live performing at the front of the house! Entertainment courtesy of your favorite Ethiopian uncle 😉
I had done some research prior to dinner and had looked up some of the recommended dishes, but seeing as no one in our group really had any idea wwhat we were getting into the server was very kind in explaining things to us and giving suggestions.
First things first; the Injera! Because there are no utensils in Ethiopian cuisine we were coached that the injera is our utensil. The injera itself is slightly sour and spongy. It’s got a slight tang and springy in texture. Very different from other breads.
The different foods that we ordered will be piled onto the big injera on the main plate and then we take the rolled ones, unroll them and use it to pick up the different items and sop up the saucs with it. Good thing no one in my group had any reservations about eating with their hands!
We chose a few items so we could try a bit of everything. We opted for the vegetarian combo which consists of all 4 vegetarian options, Gomen (the green stuff) is spinach simmered in mild sauce seasoned with spices and herbs, the yellow puree next to that is the Kik Alicha (stewed yellow split peas), in the middle is the Miser Wot (split lentils simmered in spicy sauce) and in the far right we have the Tikil Gomen (cabbage, carrot and potatoes simmered in mild sauce). Good flavors, plenty of sauce…not too shabby 🙂
In the far back is the Dora Tibs, chicken breast marinated & sauteed onion, garlic, jalapeno, fresh tomato and spices (we got ours spicy). In the very front is the Lega Tibs, boneless leg of lamb prepared basically the same as the dora tibs except mild. Tender meat and good flavors 🙂
The Gored Gored is this authentic and unique dish of lean beef chunks warmed in spiced butter served raw with homemade cheese on top. I mean…this dish could be extremely weird…or very awesome…..couldn’t decide whether to order this or not, but Winston’s enthusiastic insistance pushed the vote to a “yes”. I will say…I tried it, I found it to be weird…but Winston loved it and at least I can say that I gave it the good ol’ college try!
We had such a fun time!!! Everyone was so fun about the dinner, and despite
being such a hodge-podge group everyone was quick to make friends. Another