Media preview for Dine Strathcona & lunch takeout at Axum Ethiopian Restaurant

There is always a great vibe about the food scene in Strathcona for the diversity, and the second annual Dine Strathcona initiative, taking place November 18 to 30, will provide great opportunities for foodies to explore the neighbourhood.  Seventeen restaurants, including Vancouver favourites such as Ask For LuigiDosanko, and The Garden,  are offering their own featured dish throughout the two-week event period.  Besides supporting local small businesses in the community, diners will enjoy the delicious meals for a great cause – $1 for each dish ordered donated to WISH Drop-In Centre, raising money to provide support for vulnerable individuals in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

I was honoured to have a media preview at one of the participating restaurants, Axum Ethiopian Restaurant, taking home their featured Vegetarian Combo  ($15) for a taste of authentic Ethiopian cuisine.

Dine Strathcona 
Dine Strathcona
Axum Ethiopian Restaurant
Axum Ethiopian Restaurant
Vegetarian Combo  ($15) x 2
Vegetarian Combo  ($15) x 2



It has been a few year since I had Ethiopian food. and I was excited to be digging into the dishes, prepared with yellow split peas, red lentils, cabbage & carrot and spinach simmered in a mild and spicy sauce, which also came with injera, a delicious traditional sour flatbread that has a slightly spongy texture.

The vegetables were fully cooked but I felt the liveliness from the crunchy texture.  The colours were vibrant and the flavours were truly incredible.

My new roommate Joey,  who just moved here from Montreal, reminded me that Ethiopian food with the injera would be the best eaten with hands!  And I did – what a fun and tasty experience!

Vegetarian Combo  ($15) with Injera
Vegetarian Combo  ($15) with Injera
Dine Strathcona Special at Axum
Dine Strathcona Special at Axum

Here are the participating restaurants, cafes and breweries:

Ask for Luigi
Fried Cauliflower and Chickpeas  $15
fried cauliflower and chickpeas with saffron aioli, mint, lemon, parmesan

Axum Ethiopian Restaurant
Vegetarian Combo  $15
a combination of yellow split peas, red lentils, cabbage & carrot and spinach simmered in a mild and spicy sauce

Wild Mushroom Doria  $20
wild mushrooms (chanterelle and lobster), roasted garlic white sauce, onion, rice

LanaLou’s Restaurant
Cheeseburger & Fries (Veggie Option Available)  $13
all-beef patty or veggie patty (mushroom swiss) topped with triple cheddar,  spinach, tomato, garlic mayo on a warm toasted brioche bun and served with hand-cut fries.

The Belgard Kitchen
Wagyu Bavette Steak  $26
barley koji marinade, tallow-roasted fingerling potatoes, black garlic 

The Garden
Mushroom Bowl  $12
mushrooms, peas, wild rice, brown rice, black kale, pickled beets, pickled carrots, pickled mushrooms, pumpkin seeds

VV Tapas Lounge
Warm Cauliflower Dip  $13
cashews, olives, bread


Harken Coffee
Japanese Curry  13
Japanese sweet curry & koshihikari rice, puffed rice topping, lucky buddha pickles (daikon radish)

HoliDrink Cafe
Pegobo Noodle and HoliDrink HoliEH Spicy Ginger  $25
ramen noodle soup with prawn egg garlic onion and bok choy served with a spicy ginger drink

Pallet Coffee Roasters
Grilled Cheese + any Regular-sized Beverage  $10
house made grilled cheese (vegetarian or meat option available) with any regular-sized specialty beverage

Railtown Cafe
The Winter Kale  $12.75
baby kale, black rice, shaved apple, roasted yams, red onion, feta, dried cranberries, Egyptian dukkah, aged sherry vinaigrette

The Uncommon Cafe
Green Cheese & Yam Pizza!  $11
roasted yam rounds, marinara, jalapeño & herbed ricotta


Container Brewing
Rarebit  $8 (small), $14 (large)
a Welsh dish consisting of a Bechamel sauce served over slices of toasted bread, with roasted oyster mushrooms and sharp cheddar cheese

Hastings Mill Brewing Company
Chicken Tacos  $10
trio of seasoned chicken tacos with shredded lettuce, diced tomato, fresh cilantro and pico de gallo

Luppolo Brewing Company
Funghi Pizza  $17
tomato sauce, fior di latte, mushroom, truffle oil, goat cheese

Strathcona Beer Company
Margherita Pizza  $17
tomato sauce, mozzarella, fior de latte, extra virgin olive oil, basil, Grana Padano

Superflux Beer Company
Roasted Cabbage with Beef and Duck Bolognese  $17
roasted cabbage served with organic beef & duck Bolognese and black vinegar



rating: 3.5/5

Axum Ethiopian Restaurant

1279 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1S4
(604) 253-2986 or

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