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orangehelen
21-12-2005, 13:08
We went to the new Ethioppean Cuban restaurant for a works do last week and it was GREAT! Fantastic food, frendly service and finished off with an authentic Ethioppean coffee ceremony! :clap: :clap: We had an Ethioppean buffet- pancakes and various spicy/ not spicy stews, both meaty and veggie, but they also do Latin food.

It's very central- just opposite TJ Hughs on Arundal Gate but not that prominent so I'm worried they won't get the custom they deserve!

Bilge
21-12-2005, 13:12
Sounds good. I've not been in many of the shops, bars or restaurants on that bit. They all look so awful. So if somewhere nice has opened it may encourage a general upturn round there. Let's hope so.

Stoaty
23-12-2005, 10:11
Two of my mates swear by this place..
Will defo check it out with lady stoat next year!

amarehailu
19-02-2008, 10:25
can anybody do me a fever just by giving me dawit of ethio cuban reteorant's fon #?cheers

neeeeeeeeeek
19-02-2008, 10:30
can anybody do me a fever just by giving me dawit of ethio cuban reteorant's fon #?cheers

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:hihi:

jgsafc
19-02-2008, 11:13
Place sounds interesting. Where abouts is it, what's it called?

jemson
19-02-2008, 14:27
it looks a bit rough though eh? is it really ok?

is there veggie stuff too and what`s the price like?

amarehailu
21-02-2008, 10:00
there is nothing rough around.for sure u ll find wot u r looking 4 n more.most of all u need to know wot u r lookin 4.int?do u like agelgil?thez have it?

samstar999
21-02-2008, 11:46
there is nothing rough around.for sure u ll find wot u r looking 4 n more.most of all u need to know wot u r lookin 4.int?do u like agelgil?thez have it?

Eh???
Anyway - this is an old thread - wasn't there a fire there? I think it's closed.

neeeeeeeeeek
21-02-2008, 12:14
It's open again and they do club nights down stairs.
:)

samstar999
21-02-2008, 12:18
Oh I see. Have you been? Any good? I agree with jemson though, it looks a bit 'dodgy'.

craigpugh
21-02-2008, 23:53
OK, this place IS open- it shut for a while last year but has been open again since december. I love it so much i ate there three times in 2 days ! its really really great food. It's also ridiculously cheap.

Its certainly not 'rough' or 'dodgy', but it is fairly basic i guess. Having said that the toilets are clean and the downstairs has been smartened up and re-done. I think its well worth a shot. I have never had food quite like it, have taken about 14 different people there in groups and what not, and all have raved about it.

Veggie stuff- lots of veggie options including 'fasting' platters/ mixtures which are things like spicy buttered cabbage, lentil dishes, really yummy stuff. Dawit will also help you out with the menu choices, he'll do stuiff as spicy or mild as you ask, and i;m sure would help out with extra veggie stuff too if you ask.

Heartilly recommend it. So pleased it's back!!

swordfish1
22-02-2008, 08:30
And just to repeat an earlier question, what is the restaurant called?

feargal
22-02-2008, 08:40
... and is it where the "4 Restaurants" pizza place used to be?

craigpugh
23-02-2008, 01:19
Not sure what it used to be but is directly opposite tj hughes, in the block that is before the NCP car park. In reference to the earlier question "sounds interesting whats it called and where is it" i thought that poster was joking cos the post title is "Ethiopian Cuban Restaurant on Arundal Gate" which contains all the clues.

One problem i've found is a lack of phone number. But it's informal and doesnt need reservations.

swordfish1
23-02-2008, 11:41
In reference to the earlier question "sounds interesting whats it called and where is it" i thought that poster was joking cos the post title is "Ethiopian Cuban Restaurant on Arundal Gate" which contains all the clues.

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So, if I mentioned a "italian mexican" restaurant on division street, you wouldn't expect anyone to ask what it was called, or possibly where abouts on Division street?:loopy:

craigpugh
24-02-2008, 00:29
There isnt a restaurant called 'italian mexican' is there? And there are several italian restaurants on division street. Whereas this one is THE 'Ethiopian Cuban Restaurant'- ie not everso origianl name, and there is only the one restaurant on arundel gate, and only one ethiopian restaurant in sheffield! So dont point yer finger twirling round head emoticon at me! And i said it's opposite TJ hughes so what's the problem. No need to be rude dear.

scottwoodbur
24-02-2008, 14:13
its called ethnic cuban restaurant i do the security there

jemson
24-02-2008, 19:49
I`m trying to persuade my wife to let us give it a go. What`re the prices like and is it licensed or byob?

scottwoodbur
24-02-2008, 21:53
its licensed

gularscute
25-02-2008, 20:39
It's fantastic. It's cheap and friendly, the food is great and it's completely unpretentious. I can't understand why anyone would describe it as rough, it's just not needlessly flashy.

checan
25-02-2008, 20:48
its great!
dawit doesnt get as many customers as he deserves,
it isnt rough at all,
i higly reccomend it!

chem1st
25-02-2008, 21:14
I went and thoroughly enjoyed it, I was going to go when it opened back up but forgot, after reading this ill make sure to visit soon.
Everyone I know who has been has enjoyed it, especially the food.

welchiewelch
25-02-2008, 22:07
Its called Ethio-Cubana restaurant. The food is excellent and Dawit the owner will give you a proper introduction to ethiopian food and not charge you a great deal for it.

Try it

toni
25-02-2008, 22:14
i think best kebab is the best their food are delicious and they also have good deals :)

craigpugh
25-02-2008, 22:47
its called ethnic cuban restaurant i do the security there

ey up, i was passing in town today so i checked. i was wroing before, its Ethio-Cuban (or it might have been Ethio- Cubano - was in me car couldnt hang about)- deffo not 'Ethnic'

craigpugh
25-02-2008, 22:49
ps i have major cravings for it now... i had the raw beef in pepper marinade last time- very different but try it if you like blue/ rare stuff- but this was RAW- only cooked from the axcid in the marinade, it was so tender and tasty, mmmm mmm. But the less raw stuff is good too... never thought i'd get so excited by cabbage, but that cabbage thing they do is amazing!!

samstar999
26-02-2008, 09:35
It's fantastic. It's cheap and friendly, the food is great and it's completely unpretentious. I can't understand why anyone would describe it as rough, it's just not needlessly flashy.


I think it's the part of town, not the restaurant that people are referring to as 'rough'. I know I was. It's a bit dingy on that side of the street - but I might try this place tomorrow. Is it open early evening?

theripsaw
26-02-2008, 11:42
For what its worth I think the Star reviewed that place a while back. Might be on their website

Ah yes;

http://www.thestar.co.uk/restaurants/Ethio-Cubano-Arundel-Gate-Sheffield.1789295.jp

Tine.S.
26-02-2008, 15:26
The place is great! My favorite restaurant in Sheffield. They also have a club in the cellar on weekends. Normally open till 4am.

RubyTuesday
26-02-2008, 17:54
Really looking forward to trying this place - was supposed to go last summer but it shut down the day before! Will have to go soon :)

craigpugh
26-02-2008, 18:50
ha ha- just read the star interview, that is just about spot on. Except that since 2006 when that was written they have done up the downstairs.

I reckon that the stretch of shops there will pick up after they have finished the major re-fit of the corner office block whicyh is currently under way and the scaffolding comes down.

Try it!

elethiomel
27-02-2008, 16:28
This sounds good and I hope its a success. It really is a shame it is situated in that grotty location though, I think people might be put off by the general air of seediness.

Another one on my list to try!

craigpugh
27-02-2008, 20:23
Regarding the grotty location, i reckon it will be on the up pretty soon- the office block on the corner is getting a major major looking refit, and then the roxy is getting a new life as the carling (?) Academy. And behind it fitzalien square is being lined up for a big peace gardens style refurb to match the new hyper posh hotel/ restaurant conversion for the amazing post office buidling there.

elethiomel
28-02-2008, 17:09
Regarding the grotty location, i reckon it will be on the up pretty soon- the office block on the corner is getting a major major looking refit, and then the roxy is getting a new life as the carling (?) Academy. And behind it fitzalien square is being lined up for a big peace gardens style refurb to match the new hyper posh hotel/ restaurant conversion for the amazing post office buidling there.

Thats good news, that area definitely needs a facelift!

RubyTuesday
09-03-2008, 10:14
Went here last night after reading all the great reviews and was very impressed. It's not the most glamourous of venues but there was a lovely atmosphere, the service was excellent and the food gorgeous.
We told the owner that we were veggies and he suggested we try his recommendation as a surprise! We did - we got about 6 different dishes, a salad and the rice bread to eat with and they were all delicious. With 2 rum and cokes and 2 pints, the bill came to 27 - an absolute bargain. I will definitely be going back and would encourage people to try this place for something a little bit different. :thumbsup:

foxydebs
09-03-2008, 13:16
It's not the most glamourous of venues

You are right there a friend of a friend said he had seen better looking field kitchens than this and I know I shouldnt let it, but its kind of put me off trying it out.

RubyTuesday
10-03-2008, 10:50
You are right there a friend of a friend said he had seen better looking field kitchens than this and I know I shouldnt let it, but its kind of put me off trying it out.

It depends what you're after I suppose, but if you're looking for really good food with great service then I'd throuroughly recommend it. If you're after chic and stylish decor then I'd say give it a miss! This place has no pretensions - you know exactly what you're getting, and although I would have been put off by the venue had I not read the reviews on here, when I actually went, there was a lovely atmosphere. It is amazing what low lighting and candles can do to hide a multitude of sins! :smile:

jemson
10-03-2008, 13:56
defo gonna try it soon as.

is it open every day? can u byob? and does anyone have a phone number for it?

ta !!!

RubyTuesday
10-03-2008, 14:14
can u byob? and does anyone have a phone number for it?

ta !!!

I think it's open everyday, the phone number is 0114 275 1120 and I don't think it's byo - enjoy! :wave:

jemson
10-03-2008, 15:15
Thanks Ruby! :D

smurf_anna
11-05-2008, 21:36
I visited here with a friend last night and was so impressed with the whole experience. From walking in the door, we got a really warm welcome and friendly, helpful service. The guy who served us asked us what kind of meats/spiciness we'd like to try, and brought us a selection - one main lamb dish, and about 5 smaller dishes including lamb, beef, chicken and potatoes, as well as a salad and plenty of injera (bread). There was masses of food, all delicious, and far more than we could eat unfortunately, though we were warned how filling the injera was.

Amazingly, this huge meal for 2 people came to only 15. We also had a bottle of red Ethiopian wine (15) that was recommended and went well with our food.

I can't praise the service and hospitality enough, it was so different to most places that it really stands out. The staff even offered to advise my friend (who lives in London) on where to find an Ethiopian restaurant there. Will definitely be back, and very soon.

fabulous_girl
12-05-2008, 11:51
Name that quote: It started out fine, she's a very nice person, and we're sitting and we're talking at this Ethiopian restaurant that she wanted to go to. And I was making jokes, you know like, "Hey I didn't know that they had food in Ethiopia? This will be a quick meal. I'll order two empty plates and we can leave." Yeah, nothing from her not even a smile.

Alastair
12-05-2008, 11:59
When Harry Met Sally.

jemson
12-05-2008, 19:11
I visited here with a friend last night and was so impressed with the whole experience. From walking in the door, we got a really warm welcome and friendly, helpful service. The guy who served us asked us what kind of meats/spiciness we'd like to try, and brought us a selection - one main lamb dish, and about 5 smaller dishes including lamb, beef, chicken and potatoes, as well as a salad and plenty of injera (bread). There was masses of food, all delicious, and far more than we could eat unfortunately, though we were warned how filling the injera was.

Amazingly, this huge meal for 2 people came to only 15. We also had a bottle of red Ethiopian wine (15) that was recommended and went well with our food.

I can't praise the service and hospitality enough, it was so different to most places that it really stands out. The staff even offered to advise my friend (who lives in London) on where to find an Ethiopian restaurant there. Will definitely be back, and very soon.


You must have been sat right by us! And we had a similarly great experience too although we went for the Ethiopian beer. Was the wine drinkable?!

owlsboutthat
07-12-2008, 12:27
last night went to ethio cubana on arundle gate, was a big thumbs up!:thumbsup:

altho annitially the basic decor worried us. the place was clean and tidy and the manager dawit was a great host.
then the food came out and it was fantastic, went for the 10 a head buffett with as much as you can eat!

i booked it for 21 people who were coming from notts, leicester and chesterfield and they all enjoyed it.

was a great experience recommend it to everyone, will definately go again!

if your not local and dont know sheffield, i would go up to the peace gardens (next to town hall) for drinks after meal it looks great at night and safe!

jemson
07-12-2008, 21:00
last night went to ethio cubana on arundle gate, was a big thumbs up!:thumbsup:

altho annitially the basic decor worried us. the place was clean and tidy and the manager dawit was a great host.
then the food came out and it was fantastic, went for the 10 a head buffett with as much as you can eat!

i booked it for 21 people who were coming from notts, leicester and chesterfield and they all enjoyed it.

was a great experience recommend it to everyone, will definately go again!

if your not local and dont know sheffield, i would go up to the peace gardens (next to town hall) for drinks after meal it looks great at night and safe!

It`s a great place! :love:

EdnaKrabappe
13-08-2009, 13:42
Tried this place last night and a big thumbs up from me. Again we mainly went for the buffet, with two veggies - they did us our own little buffet! - Also one separate meal. There was an amazing amount of food and they could not do enough for us without being overbearing either. They brought extra bread when we needed it and asked if we wanted to take the leftovers home! (My friends did!)
Really would recommend it.

Beware the bread really fills you up!

haddockman
13-08-2009, 16:38
I keep saying we should try this place, heard good things!

Maybe after payday!

Stormy
13-08-2009, 16:48
Its a great place. The owner is really sound, food is lovely and its a perfect place to go for something different

MuteWitness
13-08-2009, 16:57
Tried this place last night and a big thumbs up from me. Again we mainly went for the buffet, with two veggies - they did us our own little buffet! - Also one separate meal. There was an amazing amount of food and they could not do enough for us without being overbearing either. They brought extra bread when we needed it and asked if we wanted to take the leftovers home! (My friends did!)
Really would recommend it.

Beware the bread really fills you up!

Did they put on a few extra veggie dishes?

Claret
13-08-2009, 22:32
Is it busy in there? Say if we went on a Thursday evening - would we be eating alone?!

Alastair
13-08-2009, 23:37
I wasn't keen on the place. It's not exactly high quality cuisine, but I suppose worth going once just for the experience. There's far better restaurants at the same price though.

EdnaKrabappe
14-08-2009, 08:01
Did they put on a few extra veggie dishes?

There were five dishes plus the bread and rice and they gave us separate serving dishes to the others but pointed out the same dishes for the rest of the party should we want some more.
For the meat eaters - we were in a party of 11 (2 veggies, one main meal and the other 8 had buffet) we had 4/5 different meat dishes plus the five same vegetarian ones that i and the other veggie had and then a further cabbage and potato based dish.

There was tons of food, my friend went home with seven takeaway containers full of the different foods we had left. :)

EdnaKrabappe
14-08-2009, 08:02
Is it busy in there? Say if we went on a Thursday evening - would we be eating alone?!

Well it was Wed night and it was half six and we were the only party in. I don't think you'd feel weird about that though as it doesn't feel like you are on display in there at all.

jemson
14-08-2009, 11:29
I wasn't keen on the place. It's not exactly high quality cuisine, but I suppose worth going once just for the experience. There's far better restaurants at the same price though.

Really??!?!

Claret - Might be quiet mid-week but you won`t feel too self conscious. The service is really good but not at all over-bearing. :)

Frank Sidney
14-08-2009, 11:44
Sounds like it's worth trying. I've not heard of it before - what sort of food do they do there? Anyone got a few examples?

Alastair
14-08-2009, 17:31
It's Ethiopian food, lots of little dishes served with a weird flat bread something like a sourdough crumpet. Hard to explain, you'll just have to go.

sarahrbird
14-08-2009, 18:46
ooh this place is so good! We went last saturday for my husband's 30th. There were 16 of us and they did one huge buffet with endless enjera for us all. There were as many veggie dishes as meat dishes (there were quite a few veggies in the party) and the chef gave us a guide to the food and how to eat it. We were given a masterclass in the different regional ethiopean styles of dancing during dinner and they gave my husband a beautiful birthday cake without anyone requesting it! The staff at ethiocubana are just so lovely and whilst this is not white tablecloths and formality, it is definitely a place for people who love their food tasty, their dining relaxed and their service to come with a genuine smile.
And if that doesn't tempt you, they have a dish called Derek Tibbs. :)

Claret
16-08-2009, 07:35
......so it's better for groups then? Is there a menu to order from or is it a buffet?

Evei
16-08-2009, 08:31
......so it's better for groups then? Is there a menu to order from or is it a buffet?

There is a menu, but they do a type of mini dish thing so you get to try lots of different dishes (think tapas style but more and nicer!) they will most likely recommend this to you if it is your first time there, I thought it was great :)

I've not been for ages so it's reminded me to go again as I really enjoyed it last time. It is very relaxed but the service is great and friendly. I just went with my boyf.

Claret
16-08-2009, 08:35
There is a menu, but they do a type of mini dish thing so you get to try lots of different dishes (think tapas style but more and nicer!) they will most likely recommend this to you if it is your first time there, I thought it was great :)

I've not been for ages so it's reminded me to go again as I really enjoyed it last time. It is very relaxed but the service is great and friendly. I just went with my boyf.

Cool - thanks for that. Will have to try it - have been meaning to for ages, but never really knew how it works.

pisces1
13-09-2009, 17:08
we were at the ethio cubana restaurant really the food was really good and the staff there were very friendly to us ..

however this was spoilt when one chap who im told is in there regularly decided to sexually assault my wife.. not only that , we were told by another that the same had happened to her.. there are a group of guys who go there who need sorting out .. a skinny guy with short tight curly hair.. hes the one who did it.. i stupidly called the police as im not a fighter.. the police did nothing but wind us up.. just be warned.. if this guy is about , he will try it again..

i hope the staff at ethiocubana have banned them from their establishment because its people like that who can get places closed down

just to reitterate.. the staff were great and the food was too

Numpty123
05-12-2009, 12:44
Just wanted to add to this. Went there last night and the vegetarian food was amazing. Okay, it's never going to win any awards for the decor but it's homely and welcoming. Bizarrely the service was possibbly the best and most professional I've had in Sheffield even though it came clad in jeans and a hoodie.

We had a really nice evening there, the veggie food was fantastic and it was very welcoming. Would recommend.

Venkman
06-12-2009, 21:54
I keep hearing about this place! Must check it out. Sounds like it's great for all tastes. Cheers for the recommendations.

craigpugh
16-01-2010, 13:15
We just went back there last night with 4 more friends whos first time it was, and they all loved it and we all swore we would be back. It is amazing and also warmer than it was a year or so ago, they seem to have sorted the heating out.

So try it, it's great!

taxman
16-01-2010, 13:15
We just went back there last night with 4 more friends whos first time it was, and they all loved it and we all swore we would be back. It is amazing and also warmer than it was a year or so ago, they seem to have sorted the heating out.

So try it, it's great!

Cheers for the update. I've still not been and it is very remiss of me.

craigpugh
17-01-2010, 00:51
I'd definitely recommend it taxman, cheap, friendly and such lovely tasty food.

Claret
23-01-2010, 09:53
Cool - thanks for that. Will have to try it - have been meaning to for ages, but never really knew how it works.

Well.. almost 18 months later I finally made it to Ethio Cubana. Me and my husband went last night and really enjoyed it. The staff are great and the guy serving us was very friendly and helpful. It was loads busier than I expected too. We were given a menu to look at, but told that the waiter would come back and discuss what we wanted with us rather than just letting us order. Some people don't like this, I, when eating a new cuisine, do. We said that we fancied lamb and some veggie dishes and we were advised to have a selection of veggie dishes and one lamb dish. It isn't all 'blind'. The guy does show you where they are on the menu so that you can check exactly what you're ordering and how much it is!

The food was great. We had tapas size dishes of potato, chickpeas, lentils, spinach, green beans and a larger dish of lamb. We also (stupidly) ordered a stuffed chili. My husband loves a chili challenge, especially when the waiter warns him against it! It was very hot and serves my husband right! We also had the bread to eat with. This is more like a sponge pancake - very bizarre. Very sour and vinegary. You use it to scoop your food up and the sourness does strangely complement the food. There was also a side salad served.

The food was good - nothing overly spectacular - but good. The ambiance was also nice. Ok, the decor is tacky and the place seriously needs a refurb, but the candles were out, some chilled out music was playing, people were chatting and laughing so it was a nice environment.

The best things about this place have got to be the service and the fact that it's such good value for money. All that food, plus 2 bottles of beer each was 29! Bargain!

HotPhil
24-01-2010, 08:30
Threads merged

R.Majewski
27-08-2010, 09:57
Has it closed down? There's a shop to let sign in the window. Please say no

brightscarf
02-09-2010, 20:52
Just rang them - 275 1120 - message on phone says they're closed for refurbishment - so I guess we just need to keep a look out for a re-opening soon

foxydebs
03-09-2010, 18:20
Just rang them - 275 1120 - message on phone says they're closed for refurbishment - so I guess we just need to keep a look out for a re-opening soon

I work near where the restaurant is and it rarely looked busy, there was a notice in window mid august saying it was shut for a few days for refurbishment. It never reopened on the date they specified and since then a to let sign has gone up, so I wouldnt think it was that hopeful it would reopen.