Red Sea Restaurant
670 Broadway East, Vancouver, BC, V5T 1X6
Escape the ordinary, enter a new world, and enjoy a truly different dining experience.
|Cuisine Type |||Vegetarian, African, Ethiopian|
|Ambiance |||Good For Groups, Casual|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Full Bar, Local Favorites, Wheelchair Accessible|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver Lower Mainland|
|Getting There |||Transit: #9, #99|
|Cross Street |||Fraser St.|
|Mon – Sun 12:00PM – 11:00PM|
Profile Last Updated: April 03, 2009
The Red Sea Café has been serving authentic highland Ethiopian cuisine since 2004, earning the accolades of regular customers. The decor of the small, modest-looking restaurant on East Broadway is simple, with yellow walls, and pictures evoking the culture of the east African nation. Though owners Senait Tsegay and Ainalem Abraha are from Ethiopia, their parents were raised in Eritrea, a small country to the north. They frequently find themselves explaining their homeland to guests, and often bring a map to the table. They serve their traditional food with pride and care, shopping each day for fresh ingredients. They say that the best way to learn about a culture is through its food. On that count, The Red Sea Café doesn’t disappoint.
Spicy Meats And Savoury Vegetarian Dishes
The Red Sea Café offers a good selection of meat-based and meatless dishes that display the cuisine’s unique blend of spices. Berbere, a blend of chilli peppers, garlic, ginger and herbs, forms the base flavours for dorho tsebhi (chicken stew) and begee tsebhi (lamb stew). Chicken drumsticks in a hot spicy sauce are accompanied by kale cooked with jalapeños, onions and a side bowl of cottage cheese. A tasty dish of stewed vegetables is another popular item on the comprehensive menu. Take note that the restaurant does not serve pork, for cultural reasons.
It’s All About Sharing
Eritrean meals are all about sharing with friends and family. Traditionally, food is eaten with the right hand, scooped up using a piece of spongy flatbread. The Red Sea Café encourages eating with your hands, although utensils are available if requested.