Luna's Cafe opened, N of downtown Oakland
Luna's Cafe, near 24th and Telegraph, replaced a so-so Japanese/Korean place that replaced an okay Japanese place. But there has been a coming soon sign for almost a year. Today I chanced to walk by, and it's open.
The menu is divided in two, with Eritrean on one side, and Italian on a smaller side. Seemed like an odd combination to me. The Eritrean fare looked pretty standard: not many selections, but this is the closest place to downtown Oakland I've seen.
It may be a while before I get a chance to try it, but any Eritrean fans in the downtown area who want to brave the rain this week...
Ethiopia/Eritrea was an Italian colony (not sure if that's the precise term, but you get the idea), so Italian dishes are common in Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurants. I'll be interested in hearing a report -- we can put it on the Ethiopian crawl list (yeah, I haven't forgotten, I'm aiming for an installment next week).
Do remember who owned all the "horn of africa" until after wwII. Most of the architecture and restaurants of the area are Italian, so it is an obvious combination.
I hope it's good. Thanks for taking notice of it, I'll try it tonight.