trying Karibu Ethiopean in Austin

I’m at Karibu Ethiopean restaurant in Austin, on 7th about 3 blocks south of I-35. Until recently there was only one choice for Ethiopian food here (Asters).

Tonight is more about trying the tried and true favorite dishes than adventure…

… and Karibu does not dissapoint!

The Kitfo ( beef tartare, beautifully spiced and served warm ) was delicately spiced and had a wonderful texture.   Paired up with an Alicha Wot (beef curry, finely cubed) these two formed the foundation for a wonderful dinner.  As is traditional, it was served on a beautifully decorated large tin platter, on top of two huge pieces of the traditional sourdough flatbread – Injera.  The vegetarian stews that accompanied the dish were Kik Alicha (yellow split peas in sauce), Difin Misir Wot (whole brown lentils with chopped onions), and Abesha Gomen (collard greens).

Served up with plenty of Injera, and the traditional Ethiopian coffee, this dinner was second to none.   The restaurant is a couple blocks on the East side, and not at all busy.   This is a real Jewel of Austin, and I’d reccomend it to anyone looking for a fantastic meal at a reasonable price.