It’s always a nifty pleasure to visit the Footscray Hub arcade – a key component of what makes Footscray central such a cracking place to be.
But today we have another motive.
We’d heard that Somali Star was for sale – or perhaps even under new management?
So we’re here to find out what the go is.
Well, it turns out all is much the same.
The lovely Johara is still running the joint.
She tells me she was considering selling up for a while, but has since dug in for the long haul.
That means Somali Star remains a happy place that is very popular with the locals, especially those seeking the world famous sambusas.
For eating in, there is an appealing mix of Somalian and Ethiopian fare.
There being no pasta immediately on hand, Bennie is thwarted in his ambition to have such like with “beef curry”.
So he joins me in having a simple meal of “tips” with injera ($15).
The “tips” are wetter, and more tomato-based, than we normally get in this neighbourhood, but we still enjoy our lunches very much.
Somali Star is on Uber, though last orders are taken at 6.30pm when the arcade closes.
its somali ethiopian tips,in somalia its called suqaar.its same but slightly different region to region in horn africa.i think pasta is cooked from scratch,long wait normally
Yep. This was more the Somalian version.
their pasta is more what we eat in somali homes,and its more approachable to non somalis than other version you often see in other somalian cafes.i run somali restaurant in london,non somalians prefered the somali star version.
had both versions of pasta in my london cafe, was good to compare
I’m Somali and I love this pasta