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  • Value2.5
  • Ambiance2.5
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Nyala

4148 Main St
Vancouver, BC V5V3P7
Tel: (604) 876-9919
Neighbourhood: Riley Park
  • Cuisine: African, Ethiopian, North African
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 5PM - 11:30PM
  • The food at Nyala Ethiopian Restaurant is as exotic as the African continent itself, featuring a rich blend of spices. The décor is warm and bright, with festive Northeast African accents. Large groups can order the house specialty roasted-while-you-watch coffee.

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Not a Good Experience
By lyllie of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2007 - 12:21am [Dine in]

This was not a good experience. I ordered a beef dish and a lamb dish to say the least the cuts of meat were not the greatest.After a chunk of each I decided to instead jusy eat rice which I thought would be a safe choice. It too was not good the rice was hard. the service was slow granted it was kinda busy but still 30 minutes for a glass of mango juice is insane. the bread stuff you are given to eat your meal with is not tasty. All in all i wont go back nor will i recommend it to anyone i know.

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not at all tasty
By ragazzo of East Side, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 25, 2007 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

This place really disappointed me. People used to rave about how yummy it was, but when I went, it was downright bland and unpleasant. The service was decent, however. We also sent a bunch of our students there for a dinner, and every single student complained about how gross the food was. I find it hard to believe that this is the best African this foody city has to offer!

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Disappointing
By Veg of Main (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

I have to say I was surprised to find Nyala in my neighbourhood, as I used to go to the one on 4th all the time. I loved this restaurant, even celebrated my 30th bday there. So when I went to the new Nyala, I was quite disappointed. We waited so long for our food to come, and when it did it wasn't the right order, nor did they remember to bring water.The food seemed different, more spicey I think, and there is no longer a vegi buffet.
I hope it's just moving pains, but I'm not in a hurry to go back. It's too bad, like I said I really used to like it.

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First time tryer
By onegirl of vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 22, 2007 - 11:59am [Dine in]

Went to Nyala a few months ago, and to be honest didn't know what to expect, but was pleasently surprised.
Staff was great and friendly, and very helpful trying to explain what the dishes were. Family run restuarant, which adds to the charm. Was a packed house when we went, but must say service wasn't rushed or bad - great job!
Food was great! For a first time trying a different ethnic dish, this was great. Will hopefully be going back soon!

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Dine out experience
By gluttony of Burnaby, BC (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 2:59pm [Dine in]

I went to Nyala for Dine out Vancouver event. It was a disappointing experience for me. The owner could have been more friendly. The chicken that I got had no taste. It was actually quite bad that if I had not been quite hungry, I wouldn't have eaten it. The dessert, a cheese cake slice was very small. The restaurant was so dark that I couldn't even see the food that I was eating. I don't think they want any repeat business after dine out.

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Not great for vegetarians
By carknerdy of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 9:35am [Dine in]

I was pretty disappointed by this place, considering it's more expensive than most ethiopian restaurants around.

I ordered the spicy chickpea flour nuggets dish from the vegetarian part of the menu.
The nuggets themselves and sauce were OK, and would have been fine as a side dish, but they were served in too large a quantity with really incompatible side dishes--tabbouleh (cracked wheat salad), a mountain of basmati rice, and an acidic, crunchy raw onion lentil salad.

I've eaten veggie platters at lots of ethiopian restaurants here and in ontario and I've never had such a lacklustre, starchy combination of dishes.

I'm sad to say that the chickpea nuggets reminded me of a spicier version of the dish you might get on an airline if you ask for "Indian Vegetarian".

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Hand's on Eating
By kellychanson of Point grey (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 2:14am [Dine in]

Go to Nyala's (on 20th and Main) with a group and have fun. This is a place that is all about your company and the pleasures of enjoying a meal together. Definitely have a good read of the menu as the owner has a wonderful sense of humour and the descriptions are highly entertaining.

It is a relaxed atomosphere with really good food and it has live music every second Tuesday. This is the kind of place that you make an outing of rather than grabbing a quick bite to eat. Don't go if you are in a rush. Talk with the owner when he circulates--he is the head chef and also makes all the pottery that your food is served in! When you consider the fact that you also eat with your hands there, it really has a "hands-on" sort of vibe.

I recommend all of the lentil dishes. I personally am not crazy about some of the red meat dishes which are traditionally served on the bone, but the chicken with the egg is exquisite and all of the vegetarian dishes were delightful.

I hope you have fun and bring good company. (Keep an eye out for their Ethiopian coffee ceremony which they will be starting soon).

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Wonderfully Tasty Food
By jeanso of kits (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

I love Nyala's! The food is absolutely beautiful. Yes it is true... there may be a bit of a wait sometimes, but the rich flavors are worth it. The owner is always kind and personable, adding to the dining experience. If you want to go to a truly unique restaurant, you must check this restaurant out. The only thing I would change, or perhaps add to, would be the ambiance. While the candle light is nice and there are some beautiful drums and Ethiopian pieces in the room... it still needs a little something. Nonethless, the food outshines everything and makes you fall in love with the restaurant.

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Decent but not a stand out
By livetoeat23 of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

We came here for dining out Vancouver. It was decent food but definitely hasn't stood out as a must return. We had the dining out menu and when we asked the waitress about one of the items she said she didn't know how it tasted as she's never had it.

The place was pack and I found my lamb shank to be quite good but not very meaty and a bit over salted.

Other than that it was a good enough meal.

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kinda blah
By katz of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 28, 2007 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

My husband and I always wanted to try out this restaurant but it always seemed closed. so after about 6 months we finally decided to try it out. for me food is everything and everything else is a far second. the food didnt have much flavor nor did it have any spice. I ordered the spicy beef dish and was pretty mild. the beef wasnt bad a lil tough tho. As well, we ordered the goat. a lil too bony for my liking and it was more bland than the beef.
Overall I wouldnt go there again. the food wasnt as tasty as I thought it would be. I would rather go to Red Sea Cafe if you're looking for good eats.

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