Harambe features a varied menu of authentic Ethiopian cuisine.
Before eating here, I'd only had Ethiopian once, several years ago, and I didn't like it and never tried it again. Until tonight, when I decided to give it another shot.
We ordered a chicken dish and a lamb dish. The chicken was similar to an Indian dish but the injera bread complemented it perfectly - it was delicious. However, the lamb was not as described on the menu and was not good. Very chewy and not flavorful. But the chicken was SO good that I would go back and try other things on the menu.
The waitress was sweet but once we got the food we had to ask for more water when we ran out. She was the only waitress for the whole restaurant.
Foe 2 entrees we paid only a total of $23. Not bad for a filling dinner!
Hopefully my review won't be deleted whenI say that I'm from Toronto, but c'est la vie. And Toronto has Ethiopian that is absolutely transcendental - like, your mouth is on fire, you're sweating, but it's so delicious you keep diving in for more and washing it down with ice cold $2.50 beers. I haven't found that in Vancouver yet, which isn't no problem by me because of places like Harambe.
One caveat: not everyone likes Ethiopian. It's messy, you eat with your hands, the flavors are strong, and it's spicy. Personally, I love all of those things.
Harambe's food is great. Lots of flavor, good quality, good value. The service is laid-back, which is the norm at Ethiopian places - you'll get it when it comes, and you'll be happy. Where it tops some of the Toronto spots is the ambiance - it's a very nice place - and when you get a group of friends together, with the aromas of cinnamon and frankincense floating in the air and a cold beer in your hand, there's no way you can't enjoy it.
I've been to most of the Ethiopian restaurants in Vancouver, I'm pretty sure, and there's one that stands out: Harambe. The food, naturally, is what I like most about it. Their injera is the softest and yummiest I've had. I've had actual day dreams about their doro wot (chicken stew). (In fact, i think i am right now!) Their kitfo is also something to dream about. Another thing I think sets it apart is its appeal to the local Ethiopian comunity. It has an authenticity to it I like. The owner, Daniel, is very chummy, as is everyone else who works/hangs out there. I always recommend it to friends and hope you'll try it too.
This is my first time eating authentic Ethiopian food, and, it is delicious. We ordered a 2 person combo platter, a lamb dish, and a beef dish. The combo platter includes some veggie, and meat stew on some injera (bread) on a huge platter. I thought that the food on the platter was pretty good, nothing mind blowing. The 2 other dishes, however, was outstanding. I just wanted more and more. The sauce and spices were delicious. The meat had the right texture. I didn't really enjoy the injera (which is unlimited). It had a sour taste, which I did not particularly like. I would much rather have a bowl of rice (maybe because of my Chinese roots). Also the food was quite filling. The value is pretty good. An average price for a dinner in Vancouver ($10-$15 per person). The service is average, nothing too special, not much to comment. The ambiance is also average. If you are from the Westside like me, you might think the restaurant is a bit run down, and a bit dirty.
Overall, my experience at Harambe was great. I would definitely come back for the individual dishes (not the combo platter).
ive been to harambe quite a few times, and i always love it there. the atmosphere is great, the staff are very corteous and pleasant. it takes them awhile to take your order normally, but its always worth the great food and attitude that comes across. the price is very reasonable, i would reccomend anyone to go to harambe for excellent african food.
I go here frequently. The service is relaxed (don't expect them to be refilling your water ever 5 mins) but the food comes quickly and is always tasty.
If you haven't tried etheopian I recommend you try it. For $12 you can get enough food that makes you want to explode and it is a very unique way of eating.
Again, don't come expecting fine dining (you will get your hands dirty), just good, filling food with a home cooked feel to it. You'll go back.