I did go to Ashur tonight to pick up some takeout, and it was quite good. The place was filled on a Friday night with a handful of folks who mostly seemed to know each other, and the guy working the counter was super welcoming. I got the bone in lamb, which was flavorful and cooked just right and came with a ton of really great rice pilaf. There’s a little side salad too, which wasn’t anything standout but showed good taste–romaine lettuce and chunks of white onion, which sure beats the sad iceberg and bad tomato fixings you’ll get a lot of places. It also came with sides of hot sauce and ranch dressing, which was interesting. I asked if they made the hot sauce themselves but he said they got it from a Chinese supplier, but in any case it was pretty tasty.
The s.o. got the chicken kebab which I sampled and was also juicy and had hints of cinnamon and a nice charred aspect. The Somali chai was a little sweet but loaded with spice and nice to sip while waiting. All in all this is a great little neighborhood place, really friendly and with food that’s above average. Would certainly try again.