Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Nibble your way through Ethiopia with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of authentic Ethiopian cuisine at Aster's Ethiopian Restaurant.
Aster's Ethiopian Restaurant’s flavor sherpas expertly guide patrons through Ethiopia’s dynamic tastescape with a dinner menu brimming with meaty stews and hearty vegetable sides, earning the nosh haven a spot as one of Texas Monthly's Top 10 Places to Eat in Central Austin. After spreads arrive on communal platters for table-wide sharing, customers ceremoniously scoop spice-laden morsels into their mouths via injera—a soft, gluten-free flatbread that makes silverware as obsolete as soup catapults and food levitation incantations. The country's signature satiator, doro wott ($12.95), delights taste buds with chicken delicately simmered in berbere sauce and Ethiopian spices, much like its lamb-laden cousin keyi begg wott ($14.95). Or dive into the keyi siga wott, a piquant heap of tender beef cubes bolstered by onions, garlic, and ginger root ($12.95). The plethora of vegetarian dishes come devoid of animal and stuffed-animal products, bedecking platters with such earth-sprouted treasures as the collard-green-filled gomen ($10.95) and the alicha miser ($10.95)—split lentils emanating hints of ginger and garlic.
Aster's Ethiopian Restaurant
Aster Kassaye’s family has always naturally flocked to the kitchen, whether it was in their Ethiopian restaurant in the early '90s or at home today, where they prepare precooked meals to sell at farmers' markets. After a few years of itinerant cooking, Aster laid claim to what is now Aster’s Ethiopian Restaurant. Her dinner menu items—which an Austin Chronicle reporter "tried the bulk of" and proclaimed were "all delicious"—include cubes of lamb stewed in ginger, cumin, and chili, as well as vegetarian meals such as gomen, a dish of Ethiopian-style collards cooked with garlic and spices. Diners can fill their bellies and their ventriloquist dummy’s mouth at an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., savoring the spices that earned the restaurant a spot on Texas Monthly's list of the Top 10 Places to Eat in Central Austin in 2010.
2804 North Interstate 35
Austin, Texas 78705