Addis Cafe is an Ethiopian restaurant on Commercial Drive. Features reasonably priced dishes with many vegetarian options.
This was my favourite place on the drive for ethiopian, and I always enjoyed it.
However, today, I went and was very, very disappointed.
My meat was clearly cooked a while back, and was hard, overcooked, and was obviously taken from the fridge and put in the microwave
so was everything else on the plate.
The food wasn't terrible, but not the high quality I remembered. I will need to find a new place, I am sure there are many
I just moved here from Ottawa not too long ago, which has a good number of Ethiopian restaurants.
Anyways, the one I've felt most at home at in vancouver is Addis Cafe. The staff are quite friendly and the food is pretty good. My only complaint is that the prices are slightly too high, but still within a reasonable range.
This is currently our favorite Ethiopian restaurant. I think we've eaten at every one in Vancouver. Harambe and Addis are our two favorites. For food, I prefer Addis because they use less oil in the food. I'm vegan and have not had any bad experiences as other posters claim. My food seems to be untouched by any meat or meat products. The Gomen (spinach) is nice and mild. Other Ethiopian restaurants use too much Jalepeno in their Gomen, and Harambe one time accidentally left the whole peppers in my dish which left my mouth quite hot. I really prefer the food at Addis, I don't think you will find better Ethiopian in Vancouver. The food is truly delicious. One other bonus is that they have something called the Addis vegetarian combo (as opposed to their classic vegetarian combo) which has a flavor heavy in Berbere and it's very unique. None of the other Ethiopian restaurants have this particular dish.
My boyfriend and I had been curious to try Ethiopian food for some time and we decided to start with Addis Cafe.
The bare-concrete-and-yellow-walls "decor" wasn't particularly inviting, and neither was our waitress; she briefly acknowledged us and didn't seem to want to actually listen to our orders. I ordered a dish and before my bf could order his, she turned around and left the table. He was eventually able to order a meat dish and she asked if he wanted it raw or cooked. He decided for a minute how adventurous he was feeling, and told her "cooked". She asked a couple of times, "Are you sure? Cooked? Not raw?", and he told her for sure, "cooked." The meat came out raw and she dumped it out of its bowl onto our shared dish (I'm a vegetarian) where it sat in a lump after he tried a couple of bites.
We finished off the bread (interesting texture) and vegetable/bean dishes (non-descript and bland) that we had ordered and at the end of our meal were chastised by the waitress for "barely touching" the meat.
I might go to Harambe next time I am interested in trying something new, but I won't try Addis again.
I decided to try this Ethiopian restauraunt when my favorite restauraunt, Harambe, was closed. Unfortunately, the food is very bland and quite tasteless. The Ethiopian restaurant, Harambe, which is located just a couple blocks south of this place is a million times better that Addis Cafe. Don't waste your time and money here, go to Harambe.
My friends and I enjoyed our time here; we ordered the Lamb Wat and Original Veggie Combo with Shiro Wot, and split between 3 people, it was enough. The food was both plentiful flavourful. Each time I have been here, the service has been efficient and very friendly. I would recommend this to those seeking an exciting new type of cuisine; I think it would be a fun date too... nice to try something adventurous.
A friend of mine visited recently from London, UK and I decided I wanted to introduce him to Ethiopian food and eating dinner with his hands - both of which I'm sure he had not done before. I remembered seeing Addis while wandering around Commercial so decided to try it.
Food - this was about the 4th time I had Ethiopian, in as many countries. We decided to go with a combination of meat and vegetarian. There were 2 meat dishes and 3 veggie dishes and salad. The lamb was very spicy though a little tough, the chicken was tender and nicely spiced. The vegetarian dishes consisted of Gomen (spinach), lightly spiced cabbage and lentils on injera. The injera was not as bitter as I have had in the past but I preferred Addis style. There was still a bit left over once were were finished but we declined the servers offer to take it home with us.
Service - there was only 1 server and I was worried we were going to have to wait a while to be served but this was not the case. FYI in my experiences the food has never been quick to appear in Ethiopian restaurants.
Ambiance - there was a nice incense stick burning to add to the experience. The restaurant was tidy with a few Ethiopian ornaments scattered around. I really liked the explanations of some of the Ethiopian culture written on paper and put under the glass table tops. We went on a Friday night and it was very quiet.
I would definitely go back again and recommend it to others who are Ethiopian connoisseurs or novices.
We were greeted by one of the owners. The welcome felt warm and sincere. My husband ordered an Americano which was WONDERFUL with overtones of caramel/ darkened sugar... mmmm... it was the best coffee I've had in awhile (Living on the Drive has a tendancy to make you a coffee snob). We ordered what the guy who made the first entry suggested. When it got there I thought that there was NO WAY that was going to fill both of us up. Wow. Was I wrong! $30 +tip and we were so full! The flavors were subtle and delicious, such a nice change from so many overpowering items at other places. I am really looking forward to going back. Maybe lunch tomorrow? Mmmm...
Since moving away from the Commercial Drive area there is nothing I miss more than the Addis Cafe. Given the great coffee, restaurants and markets of the Drive, I don't say this lightly. I eat out a lot, at restaurants of all types and price ranges, but in my books, The Addis Cafe is some of the best value in this city. The food is incredible, comes in large portions, and is VERY reasonably priced. The service is fine, though I've noticed that the people who used to work the diningroom and who always greeted me with a warm welcome are not the primary servers anymore. The atmosphere is pretty weak, but the food is enough to keep me going back time after time, even though I'm not in the neighbourhood anymore. I highly recommend the Fuul, Original Veggie Combo and Lamb Awaze Tibs. Get those three items and two people will be full to the brim for about $30.
If this is the one closest (south) to the legion then i will rate it .If not strike my comments off. My nose told me we were in the right place as soon as we walked in.My wife had vegetarian dish and I had a meat dish with vegetables ,beautiful sauces and bread to soak up all this aromatic ,flavorful tastefully prepared food.The server lady explained the custom of having the other person`s meal and feeding him/her and vice versa.Clean,courteous with a good feeling of being welcome.Great food and prices.will return soon.
they have great vegetarian food but just like the other girl said, they poured meat all over my vegetarian platter (it was the other persons order). the food is just as good as harambe but i would go dine at harambe anytime before addis just because the service is so much better.