Axum Ethiopean Restaurant - Vegan Options

When I saw Axum's menu online, I was impressed that they had a vegetarian section but I wondered what made the dishes vegetarian rather than vegan. They didn't seem to be cheese-laden but maybe butter? So I messaged them and they assured me that the dishes were actually vegan!
Located on East Hastings just west of Clarke, Axum has a parking lot with a few spaces which I'm sure you'll agree is quite exciting! We arrived just after noon on Sunday and there were plenty of open tables but business was steady enough while we were there. At peak dining times, reservations may be worth making.
Basically, all of our food fit onto one platter, so this blog's picture part turned out to be easier than usual. What you see is the Vegetarian Combo (4 choices on injera) and the Inguday Tibs (right in the middle).  The tibs are a sort of a portabello mushroom stew while our 4 choices include green beans, cabbage, collard greens and split lentils. This is a terrible oversimplification as each dish is slowly cooked with other ingredients. The mildly exotic spices of Ethiopia are woven into each of these but there is nothing to be afraid of! This was all delicious and nothing was overly spicey although you can ask for it that way!
In case you run out of injera...Injera serves as bread and cutlery for an Ethiopean meal as we tore off small pieces to pick up bites of food.
It is made from Teff flour and water and ferments for several days before cooking. Because of this, it has a slightly sour and interesting flavour. Mharie was not overly keen on it but I love it and everyone needs to try it.
Ethiopian food is not so rare around Metro Vancouver but it still probably remains on the exotic side for many folks. It shouldn't be. It definitely should be experienced by vegans and omnivores alike and Axum is a good way to go. This was the least expensive lunch we've had in quite a while (less than $40 including tax and tip) and we had leftovers! Our server was friendly and efficient despite running the whole room while we were there. Don't miss out on this place!
Food                          4 out of 5
Vegan Options           3 1/2 out of 5
Comfort                     4 out of 5
Service                      4 out of 5
Value                         4 1/2 out of 5 

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