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Aster's Ethiopian - now open!


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Aster's Ethiopian - now open!

renz | Apr 2, 2007 11:40 PM

I've seen various inquiries about Ethiopian food in Austin, and Aster's is finally open.

It's on I-35, just north of Dean Keeton, on the southbound side.

I haven't tried Aster's dishes that she sells (sold?) at the farmer's market, but when I saw that the restaurant was open, we did a u-turn to check it out. It was opening night, so I won't presume to give a full critique, but it was a pleasant space, with a good-size outdoor patio (screened off from the highway).

The food was all terrific. We had a combination plate, 3 meats and 3 veg. As far as I can remember, we tried the lamb in curry sauce, beef cubes in berbere sauce, and chicken (doro watt?). Our vegs included collard greens, curried lentil stew, and mixed vegetable stew.

I've only had Ethiopian before in NYC, and I was sorry not to see some of my favorite dishes from there at Asters, especially on the veg side (half the choices available are variations on lentils), but everything we had was really tasty and nicely cooked.

They were generous with the injera, too, and provided cutlery without being asked, in case you are unfamiliar/uncomfortable with stews as finger food.

Sorry for the short and superficial write-up, but as I said, I wouldn't feel fair doing a full critique of a restaurant's first night.

If you have any curiosity, it's definitely worth checking out. You might try calling ahead to see if it's BYOB (definitely no wines or beer on the menu, but I don't know the laws around here).

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