There’s a new Eastern European restaurant in Austin with the opening of Brama on 3301 Steck Avenue. The casual North Shoal Creek restaurant took over what had been Middle Eastern restaurant Marakesh Cafe and Grill since Friday, July 20.
Brama’s regional menu spans Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, and Romanian cuisines. That means pierogies, herring, borscht, schnitzel, grilled veal tongues, beef stroganoff, mamaliga (a yellow maize flour-based porridge), and more. The beer and wine selections emphasize Eastern European options.
Brama owners Taras Klitchyk and Tatiana Bogdanovych decided to open Brama because they noticed a growing interest in Slavic foods because of their Eastern European grocery store Borderless European Market in North Austin. Klitchyk is from the Ukraine and Bogdanovych from Russia. The name “Brama” means “gates” in Polish.
Currently, Brama is open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. In the near future, Brama will add lunch and brunch services too.