Jarrell >Restaurants > Aster's Ethiopian
2804 N I-35 AVENUE Dr, Austin, TX | Directions 7872230.801184 -97.618043
Aster's technically doesn't offer family-style seating, but the food here is definitely family style, with wide sheets of sour injera bread laid down on your table, along with large plates of stewed and meats and vegetables that everyone eats with their hands. It's a scene I find oddly romantic -- I guess because you can only eat that way with true friends, whom you'll love no matter what sauces end up on their cheeks.
Must try at least once....and then you'll be hooked! – When I go to or even pass through Austin, we gotta exit I35 to get some good food. Food at Aster's is GREAT! I typically eat the vegetarian combination plate. Last time I was there I was able to purchase ingredients and a Shiro home made mix so I could make some at home. Staff and owners are very warm and inviting. Place is not fancy, but fancy places dont have the real thing like Aster's Restaurant.
I loved and i want to go back!! – i went there for the buffett and enjoyed every bite. My fav was the traditional chicken ( house speciality ). Reminded me of the Eithopian version of chicken mole. red sauce that was full of flavor.
Now I can check Ethiopian food on my list of food I like. I plan on going back as soon as the next good deal hits my inbox.
Good Food, FAST Service, No Frills Decor – We tried several different things on the menu and they were all very good. The food was literally on our table within 5 minutes of us ordering. The quantities of food were good and we didn't leave feeling hungry. The service was good and they were good about suggesting things for us to try. The decor does not add to the experience but the restaurant was clean. I would eat there again.
Good Food – the food is good...I have had better Ethiopian and with better ambiance. The problem here is the decor, insufficient parking, too loud due to i35. For almost 15$ per person I would have wanted better ambiance!
Can't Get Enuf – I love the food here. It is a bit of a dive but all the best restaurants are. Great place to try something new.
Vegetarian-friendly Ethiopian restaurant near campus for ample portions of exotic fare. – In Short
The no-frills atmosphere leads diners to believe they've discovered a hidden gem among all of the campus-area fast food establishments. Two side dishes and two injera (a traditional slightly sour flat bred used as a utensil) accompany each entrée, making for hearty portions at an affordable price. Expect to sit at tightly packed tables with mismatched décor and eat with your hands, but despite the initial shock to the system for the uninitiated, the savory stews and fragrant spices win over many a devotee. Sample the so-called national dish of Ethiopia, doro watt, a spicy chicken stew; tender beef stew with ginger and turmeric; lightly seared steak tartare with spiced butter; hearty lentil side dishes and spicy eggplant. Finish your meal with a bracing cup of Ethiopian coffee.
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