Cuisine: Appetizers, Salads, Sandwiches, Flatbread Pizzas
Restaurant Features: Bar, Live Music, Patio
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Address: 125 SE Main Street Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612) 379-3138
Hours: Mon – Fri: 7 am – 12am Sat – Sun: 8 am – 12 am
Links: Aster Cafe Website * Aster Cafe Facebook Page * Google Map
Atmosphere: Aster Cafe is located in the popular Riverfront section of St Anthony Main, just across from Hennepin Island Park. The restaurant itself is in a long space, with a long bar running the length of one wall and tables occupying the remaining space. Red velvet curtains soften the space around the perimeter of the room, which is dimly lit by pendant lights.
Small Plates include Soup with Baguette, Chili Lime Garlic Popcorn, Quiche, Charcuterie, Artichoke with Lemon Aioli, Sausages with Pickled Vegetables, Warm Olives with lemon Zest, Duck Pate with Baguette, Warm Spiced Nuts.
Cheese Plates at Aster Cafe include Chevre with Candied Pecans and Dried Cherries, Northern Lights Bleu Cheese with Pear and Walnuts, Brie with Roasted Grapes and Bacon, and Aged Cheddar with Chutney.
Salads include Beet & Avocado, Tuna with Potatoes ad Olives, Pear with Bleu Cheese and Prosciutto, Apple with Aged Cheddar and Candied Pecans, Smoked Trout with Cucumber and Pickled Onions.
Aster Cafe Sandwiches are the Turkey with Apple and Brie, Roast Beef and Mozzarella, Artichoke and Brie, Sopressata with Peppers and Onions, and Curried Egg Salad.
Flatbread Piza options are the Pear with Prosciutto and Chevre, Chorizo with Potato and Queso Fresco, Artichoke with Tomato and Parmesan, Apple with Bacon and Bleu Cheese, and Sopressata with Basil and Mozzarella.
Price guide: Small Plates $4-9 Cheese Plates $4.25 Salads $7-10 Flatbread Pizzas $8.75
What we ordered: Several of my companions ordered the Red Sangria while I had the White Sangria (to be different). I thought it was decent, but would have preferred the fuller, sweeter flavor of the red. The drink had several small chunks of liquor-saturated apples (or pears?) that were very strong.
One of the Cheese Plates we ordered was the Northern Lights Bleu Cheese with slices of pear and walnuts. It was served with a couple of thin slices of bread that were placed atop a plate drizzled with honey. The cheese was very pungent and strong, but the sweetness of the honey countered it. Adding walnuts added just the perfect amount of crunch to compliment the creaminess of the cheese.
Another Cheese plate we ordered was the Brie, which was served with warm roasted grapes, small bites of bacon, and crustini toast. This was a winning combination of flavors and textures from the warm brie to the sweet, warm grapes to the crispy, salty bacon. This plate doesn’t go very far, just enough for about four people to get a small taste.
The Artichoke and Parmesan Flatbread Pizza was my favorite thing we tried at Aster Cafe. It was about 10″ and very thin, baked to a beautiful crispy brown. It was baked with chunks of artichokes, roasted tomatoes and parmesan cheese. This pizza had a lot of flavor baked into it, very delicious! It was topped with cold, fresh greens, which were a nice contrast to the crispy texture of the flatbread...
We also tried the Pear and Prosciutto Pizza with Chevre. This was an interesting combination of ingredients, from the chevre goat cheese to the thinly sliced pear and the sweet, caramelized onions. The sweetness was welcome opposite the strong taste of the goat cheese. This pizza is topped with spinach.
Service: Our server was very attentive to our party of eight lovely ladies. We took our time ordering while we enjoyed the ambiance of our surroundings.
Overall Impression: Aster Cafe is a cool place to have a glass of wine and appetizers. The patio has great views of the Mississippi River, making it an excellent place to have lunch and enjoy a nice day. The menu is quite light and refreshing, I suggest you try the Artichoke Flatbread Pizza!