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Fassil Ethiopian Restaurant

736 East Broadway, Unit 5
Vancouver, BC V5T1X9
Tel: (604) 879-2001
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant

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First time for Ethiopian....
By noshingallday of Quilchena, Vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 10, 2008 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

I love Fassil, simple as that.

The food was great, and it was the first time I had Ethiopian food, so the server (who also happened to be our chef), gave us excellent suggestions for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians (the platters, mm!).

Service was impeccable. Humble and very friendly, our server told us a lot about the food, how it's prepared here versus in Ethiopia, and guided us through the meal (how to eat using injera as your utensils)!

The ambiance leaves nothing to be desired, but this is a wonderful restaurant for anyone eager to try authentic Ethiopian food.

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Interesting experience...
By BBRichmond of Richmond (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 5:25pm [Dine in]

We went to Fassil for lunch on a Friday afternoon. It is located on East Broadway in Vancouver and serves Ethiopian food.

Positives: You get to eat with your hands!!!
Friendly employees who care about your experience.
Reasonable price
Tasty food.

Negatives: Setting isn't anything to write home about.

Recommended!!!

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Worth trying for sure!
By booboobear of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 12:47am [Dine in]

I've tried other Ethiopian restaurants and this one was the best. The service was great, friendly, efficient and fast. The food was very flavourful and fresh. I ordered the lamb dish and it was fantastic. The place is cute too and comfortable if you're on a date.

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Lip-smacking Ethiopian Food in Home-style serving
By sudo of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, November 30, 2007 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

My wife and I were in for a surprise when we ordered 2 entrees of lamb and fish. Ofcourse the "Enjera" was part of each of the dishes and this by far was the softest and tastiest "Enjera" I've had so far ... and I've had lots of Ethiopian food in US.

Ask any Ethiopian cuisine gourmet and you'll know that without an "approrpiate" tasting Enjera, the real essence and taste of the main dishes do not "blossom". So true for this small, homely place, where the Enjeras made the spicy lamb and the fried fish 'lip-smacking'. You can actually make out that the food is being cooked for 'you' with all the fresh stuff !

I'd reccomend this restaurant to anyone who's never had Ethiopian before, if you really want to taste authentic Ethiopian cuisine and also to seasoned Ethiopian foodies, who might have been a tad dissapointed with other restaurants before.

Tip : If you visit on a weekend afternoon (lunch-time) you will be in for a cosy, quiet and comfortable ambience, with very fast service.

I'm surely gonna visit this place again ... and this time with many other friends of mine !

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Worth checking out
By Hyperion500 of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 11:55am [Dine in]

I admit I have no other Ethiopian restaurants to rate Fassil against, but on the advice of other DineHere reviews my fiancee and I tried it last week. The food was very tasty and very unique, and the extremely helpful, attentive service made it an enjoyable experience. It is a hole in the wall, and one we will be visiting again soon.

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Very nice place and nice people
By georgekessel of Vancouver BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 25, 2006 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

Don't be fooled by their hum-drum signage. This place has some of the best - and certainly the most authentic Ethiopian food in Vancouver.

While I was there I noticed about 10 customers came in. Every one was Ethiopian. I was the only non-Ethiopian there. For those of you who know ethnic food THAT IS A VERY GOOD SIGN!

My father always told me to 'go where the locals go'. If it's the #1 Ethiopian restaurant for Vancouver's Ethiopians you can bet there is a good reason why.

Their style of Ethiopian food is quite different then what I am accustomed to. They use less oil (which allows you to taste the food better) and more spices (which, coupled with the low oil gives you a very flavorfull experience).

If you are a fan of Ethiopian food I strongly urge you to try this cute little place.

The service was extra-friendly and courteous, and the price was lower then market.

Enjoy it!

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Decent food, friendly folks
By bearpaw of West End, Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

A friend and I went to this place last week. Very nice atmosphere. Small little place, with Ethiopian/African pictures and items hanging on the walls. The lady who greeted us seemed rather amused that we had never had Ethiopian food before. She asked if we needed a fork, since I guess she didn't think we'd want to eat with our hands, but we politely refused since we were up for the adventure. Most of the clientele that night were Ethopian/African, including a really big group. There were 2 girls in the restaurant who were helping out so it's really a family affair. They were extremely nice folks, I really enjoyed the ambiance. As we were waiting for our meal to arrive a woman came out with a hot ladle of roasting coffee beans. I'm not sure why she brough them out, waving it around as if it were some sort of incense ritual, but it smelled nice. The actual experience of the visit is memorable, if the food isn't.

The food was decent, the vegetarian appetizer selection had some good dishes (the ginger cabbage and the chick-pea mash were good), but some of it was not to my liking.

The pancake-type bread used to eat the dishes was also not my favorite. It was served cold, I think it'd be better warmed up. The bread texture was also fairly rubbery, very odd. The lamb curry we were served was too mild, even though we asked for it to be served spicy. Not very exciting food, I expected something hotter and more challenging.

We were pretty much ignored for quite a while after finishing our meal, as the owner hobnobbed with the other guests or was otherwise in the back kitchen. We got fed up of waiting and hunted someone down to pay so we could leave - not a good way to end the meal.

I would not go back. I would rather go elsewhere to get similar dishes and tastier bread. A good Indian place with Naan bread is easily preferable.

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Would recommend for FLAVOUR!
By javawzl of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 6:57pm [Dine in]

Haven't been back in a while, but thought I would drop a quick review. We have been to the Fassil a handful of times - the food is brilliantly tasty and we like the idea of eating all of those flavours with their pancake type bread. The restaurant ambiance and service, however, were nothing to write home about. Nonetheless, go - because you will love it for the food.

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Mmmm....Tasty
By dhedude of Richmond (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

It was a very different experience. Sharing food from one plate (if you order the platter). The platter allows you to taste a little of many different dishes. A bit of each dish is served on a pancake. The food was really delicious. The service was excellent. This is a family business. The father explained to us what each dish was made of. He even offered to give us a recipe for one of the dishes. Value was awesome for your money. For the 10 of us, the bill came to 125 bucks, with tips and with drinks. The ambiance was alright. Everything was really clean. Highly recommend this place for Ethiopian cuisine!

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Great place!
By mxmiller of New Westminster (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 27, 2009 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

Great food, good service, wonderful Ethiopian food (and without waiting for hours you have to at many other Ethiopian restaurants). For something different, try the fish - its excellent.
(It baffles me that I need to have a mininum of 300 words in my review, so i'll just pad it until this stupid program accepts it :)

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Unique Experience
By KungFu of Coquitlam (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

I've never had Ethiopian food before (as it seems with most of the reviewers haha) and I was in for a different experience!

The waiter that served us turned out to also be the chef and the owner! He was a very, very friendly jolly guy but the small issue that this possesses is that when he goes in to cook our food there's nobody else to get us anything else we need (water, napkins, etc.) Me and my friends told him it was our first time here and he was more than willing to explain how everything works! Basically you order whatever you like, choosing between meats and fish. I had no idea what to get so I just asked him to recommend and make whatever is good for the 4 of us!

I can't even remember what I had anymore but it was really good! (Just ask the boss to recommend you the favourites if your not sure either) The sauces and flavours were savoury delicious and the meat was quite tender! The fish was a little dry but improvise by scooping some of the sauce from the other dish (I believe it was the spicy beef) and voila! The sour bread you roll it in was not really my preference but it was still pretty good and I can easily imagine how others would really enjoy the meal! It's interesting that you basically eat everything with your hands only, you can appreciate this different method of dining instead of the regular cutlery you get anywhere else.

The decor was very bland, almost feels family-like but nothing to write home about. There's some pictures framed up along the walls and you kind of see the kitchen.

This is just my personal opinion but it felt pretty expensive for the food that you get and they didn't spend any money on renovations or any other staff that's for sure. It's about $10+ per dish and it's not that big. Our bill came out to over $70 and for a handful of dough and meat.

I'm not sure if I would come as a regular but it's a neat place to take people that have never had Ethiopian food before! Definitely worth a try just for the novel experience!

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Absolutely Delicious!
By franklovesfood of Richmond, BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

My friend and I have never had Ethiopian food before, as we decided to give it a try. The menu is difficult to understnad, so please ask for help! The guy who took our order was the same guy who cooked our food, he was very helpful and patient as he guided us through our meal. The food came fast, and as my title reveals - absolutely delicious! I love the way Ethiopian plates are organized, and the fact that we get to eat with our hands. (actually we HAVE to.)
This is a nice place to hang out with friends, and once again I just have to point out that, eating with our hands was a really entertaining thing to do. There is only one negative thing I want to comment on, that they do not serve any Ethiopian drinks, so we end up drinking orange juice which kind of ruins the whole image.
Overall, great place! Definitely worth repeating.

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A great little treasure!
By photogal of South Granville (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 11, 2008 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I like to try a new restaurant every couple of weeks or so and tonight it was Fassil. As soon as we walked in we were greeted by the owner Fassil. Such a friendly soul he is. When we were looking at the menu he asked if it was our first time there and when we said yes, he recommended some items for us.

We had a a vegetarian combination dish which let us sample five different types of dishes and a chicken dish as well. All of which you eat using injera (flat bread) instead of cutlery. The food was fantastic!

I would highly recommend this place. The family and their friends who are there are so very nice and the food is great... a real gem of a place!

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This place makes my heart happy.
By dblock of east van (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

I adore eating here. The food is like nothing else, the service is friendly and it's inexpensive. Fassil and his wife are so kind, always willing to share recipes and information about the food. And best of all, the person that is serving you is also cooking your food.

Some of you have said that it's somewhat of a hole in the wall, but with what they've been given, they've done well with. You really have to take this place for what it is...that is the key to really enjoying your dining experience here. Most of the time, it's not very busy and you can often find Fassil just hanging out with friends. Who, might I add, are just as friendly as he is! I find this place so utterly delightful.

Maybe it's because I work in an upscale place that serves mediocre food and this is just such a breath of fresh air...unassuming, unpretentious and delicious!

Be sure to try the tea!!

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So Good
By thetruthhurts of West End, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 2, 2007 - 8:15pm [Dine in]

I've just arrived back from Fassil, a small and unassuming Ethiopian restaurant in a not-so-great part of town. Don't let the location put you off- this place is an absolute must for Ethiopian cusine. We arrived to an empty restaurant and were greeted by the lovely woman in charge, who I believe also cooked our food. We had the home-made honey liquor, a sweet and very potent brew that complimented the flavors of our seared fish, "number 15 beef," and split lentils. They were all individual rockstars- the fish was crisp on the outside and soft and smooth inside, with a mild flavour that went very well with a bit of the sauce from my beef. The beef was of a medium spice at my request, and had a delicious, rich spice and onion flavour. The lentils were floral and rich, cooked perfectly, and everything tasted amazing with their sour bread. All in all, an amazing dinner- I ordered an extra fish portion and bread to take home with the rest of my leftovers, and I'll enjoy it tomorrow as well. I'll definitely be back for the amazing food and really charming, family feel.

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Helpful Service with a Delicious Menu
By rainycitygirl of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

My husband and I visited this place to give Ethiopian food a try. We were delighted at the service we received. The waitress patiently explained the food to us. When the food was ready she brought a sample out to show us how to eat the food traditionally if we wanted to. After she left, we dove into the delicious spices and stews that she had brought.

I was so full but couldn't help running my injera (flatbread-ish) along the sides of the plate to soak up the last of the flavours. A lentil stew and cabbage dish were our two favourites because they brought a whole new kind of lentil and cabbage to us - but everything was wonderful.

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Best Ethiopian Hands Down!
By smokeybear25 of Edmonton, (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 11:32am [Dine in]

I am a big fan of Ethiopian food, and was excited to try Fassil with my sister one evening. We were the only people in the restaurant when we walked in to our delight, but it soon filled up. The "family business" atmosphere was apparent by the waiter spending time with us chatting and joking. He suggested the dishes we try, and the chef came out to greet us after the meal was served. I have tried many Ethiopian restaurants in Alberta, but Fassil surpassed all of them. The portion sizes were just right for two people to share a combination plate plus one entree, the flavour was out of this world, and there was enough Injeera for the whole meal. The ambiance is adorable and clean. And just when you think that it doesn't get any better, the bill arrives and two people who stuffed themselves to the brim had a meal for under $26. I would go back every day to this heart happy restaurant if only I lived in Vancouver!!!

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Don't judge a book by it's cover.
By Jefferson of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 17, 2007 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

I went for a friends' birthday. There was aroud 15 of us. When I first walked through the door I thought my friend lost a bet and was forced to book this place.
I kind of held on to this feeling until my drink came. I ordered a home made honey mead, a traditional drink in ole Ethiopia. ( No sugar you see, only honey). Deeeeeelicious!!! This place just got better.
When the food came...Holy Toledo...what a feast!!! I've never had anything like it! The soured dough crepe...it was strange at first, but let me tell you, it really grows on you!!
All the food was outstanding. I was really impressed. The thing that really amazed me though was the kitchen. I've worked as a cook for almost 20 years and to see that kitchen and what came out of it was really amazing. It wasn't dirty or anything like that, it's just that it was so very not "state of the art". It really made me understand that these people were making HOME MADE FOOD.
Never mind the look of the place. It isn't fancy schmancy with all sorts of bells and whistles. The servers aren't gonna schmooz, but they will be genuinely happy to have you as their guest. A real diamond in the rough.
A real diamond in the rough!!!

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Fit for royalty
By Disco_Stew of West End (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

I went with two friends the other night. The one friend is bona fide Ethiopian royalty, and she pronounced the place 'lovely'. Seems that this is the spot to go for Ethiopian food in the city, and if you ask, you might get some home-brewed tej -- honey wine. We had a few rounds and I don't know what the alcohol content was, but my face was numb after half a glass.

The food was great -- very spicy. I don't know how I feel about the bread, however. With the taste of sourdough and the consistency of a crepe, I guess it's good for mopping up the various piles of food, but I really did feel like I would have rather had some naan. One thing, though, if you find you don't like it cold, do what my royal companion did, and unroll it around the edge of the platter of food. It will warm up somewhat, and it makes it somewhat more palatable.

The service wasn't anything to be commended, but the staff were friendly and we enjoyed ourselves.

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