Authentic Ethiopian Cuisine on East 7th Street
I was sitting at my desk yesterday in the late afternoon about this time. Normally, I pack lunch for work but I had forgotten it. Just when I was feeling most sorry for myself and trying to figure out how I was going to sustain my body for the rest of the day, I received a text message from Deanna: “I’m at a new ethiopian restaurant buffet on east 7th…5 blocks past uncorked to the right. It’s yum!”
I called her to beg for a to-go order of Ethiopian deliciousness and this wonderful woman actually drove to my office to drop it off for me!
The place is called Karibu: Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar and it’s so new that the website went live just last night. The word “Karibu” means “welcome” and Deanna told me that the service was very friendly. The owner greeted everyone who walked in the door and explained each dish on the buffet.
They serve organic coffee from Ethiopia, a naturally decaffeinated tea with cinnamon and cardamom that I’d love to try, and house-made bread to sop up all of the dishes (it’s traditional to eat with your hands in Ethiopia).
Kay Misir Wot – Red Lentils in Spicy Sauce
Tikil Gomen – Cabbage, carrots, onion, tomato
Abesha Gomen – Collard greens served with a salad
Doro Wot – Slow cooked chicken in a red pepper sauce, served with egg
Kik Alicha – Yellow Lentils in Mild Sauce
They plan to provide live entertainment in the future and are open until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Karibu is located at 1209 E. 7th Street. Phone is 512.320.5454. This meal was only the second Ethiopian food I’ve experienced. The food was pretty spicy but really tasty and enjoyable. The chicken was fall-off-the-bone tender. The sponge bread is ok but after it gets totally soaked with stew, the entire experience is pretty messy so make sure you dine with someone you feel comfortable with if you go!
Have any of you tried Aster’s Ethiopian? Do you like it? I’ve never been so I’m counting on you guys to share your opinion.Tags: Ethiopian, karibu