Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 4:48pm [Dine in]
16 friends and I chose to have our post 10km run lunch at the Afro Canadian Restaurant yesterday.
I called 5 days in advance to make a reservation for 20, and the gentleman I spoke to on the phone was helpful right from the beginning by asking how many vegetarians and non-vegetarians were in our party so he could prepare accordingly.
We were greeted warmly even as we arrived at the restaurant 15 minutes early, and we were seated and served water almost immediately. The interior of the restaurant is comfortable; kind of like a cozy diner, though there aren't any booths that I can recall. We were seated at 3 tables pushed together - about 5 people per table.
Shortly after we got settled, the manager came to our table to explain the dishes that he would be serving us. He advised us to sit in groups of all vegetarians/all meat eaters so it would be easier for us to share the food. He told us we would be served large plates covered in Injera (a thin, sourdough pancake) and topped with assorted stewed meats (lamb, beef & chicken), vegetables (spinach, cold lettuce and tomato salad), and legumes (chick peas and lentils). We would also have some addtional Injera to tear into small pieces and then use to pick up the different items to eat. The veggies and meat were all cooked in exceptionally flavourful sauces, and carried a medium hot spice. Only one person in our group found the food to be too spicy for her liking.
The manager came by the table to replenish our stews and Injera a couple of times and we all had more than enough to fill us. Our water glasses were kept full, and many of our party had tea or coffee after the meal.
The entire meal came to approximately $10 per person plus tip, and we all felt that was an awesome value for the quality, quantity, and service we received. I will definitely return.
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Submitted Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 5:36pm [Dine in]
I have no qualms with the food quality or taste - both were solid. I ordered the beef noodle soup (Vietnamese pho) and some spring rolls, but was disappointed to find I paid about $15(tip excl.) for the two when I could hit this little cash-only place in Marpole and get the same thing (larger bowl of soup, too!) for $10 including the tip. There are tons of wicked places for Vietnamese soup in this city and they offer it far cheaper. Stix is good tasting, but not really good value in my opinion.
As far as the service and ambiance are concerned - service was great - they were super happy to have a customer! The ambiance was a little cold though - almost cafeteria like.
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