Blue Nile

4.8
211 reviews
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Eritrean

The Blue Nile is a family run Eritrean - Italian café and restaurant, harking back to Eritrea’s colonial history.
Our menu has a mix of Italian and Eritrean classics, from Italian coffees, pasta and ice-creams to Eritrean ‘kemem’ tea (tea infused with cloves, cinnamon, star anise and ginger), warm ‘ful’, meat stews infused with cardamom and cinnamon and cooked in ‘tesmi’, a warm and comforting spiced butter and our delicious home made sweet cardamom flavoured bread called ‘himbasha’.
A lot of our recipes are gluten .
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience as per usual!!!

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PA
London
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The restaurant has an industrial feel to it very cool. Service was attentive. I booked the restaurant as was staying with a friend and wanted a change from our usual haunts. I also had read the Open Table article on the top London restaurants and Blue Nile is featured. We ordered a mixed platter of meat and vegetable dishes and it came with a traditional spongy bread. I thought the meat dishes were very good shame there wasn’t more of it. The vegetable dishes were ok but the bread was cold and so the dishes didn’t quite marry well together and I wasn’t a fan of the consistency it’s quite yeasty/spongy. The Ethiopian beer is recommended. I’m not sure if we ordered badly perhaps I would go back and go for the meat dishes.

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KS
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently brilliant, every single time. Don’t hesitate to visit, esp. if vegan.

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AO
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I’m so glad I finally got to try the food at Blue Nile. Although there are not many options, the food caters for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike. It was quiet and the owner explained how to eat the food traditionally and how they dishes were made. Bar the noise from people standing outside the shop (as it is in the middle of a busy street in Woolwich) the atmosphere was relaxed.

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KS
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect night as usual and expected at this gem of a place.

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TT
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always we love the blue nile.
Food and service was great.

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SW
London
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely to try out some new dishes, friendly service, and happy vegan dining companion too!

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C
London
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful family run restaurant, great food and amazing service.

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here a number of times and is my favourite place in Woolwich.
great food in a beautiful interior and very warm owners that make you feel you are amongst friends.

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K
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heard about this restaurant a few years ago and finally went at the weekend. The food , service and ambience was outstanding. We are all vegetarian and the food was lovely. Bill for 3 including desert £50 - bargain

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m
London
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an absolute joy, we love taking guests here.

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E
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite honestly one of the loveliest restaurants I have been to. The owners/hosts, a lovely couple, were warm and welcoming, and the food was affordable and delicious. My friend and I had the injera with meat and veg dishes and kemem tea. We were so full and satisfied we could barely walk! I also had a very informative chat with the gentleman about Eritrea and its current situation, and he was very kind to give me some pamphlets and notes to take home. I can't wait to visit when I am next in London. Keep up the great work :)

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HM
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service, would recommend to everyone!

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AS
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant as always! Went to Blue Nile for a belated alternative pancake day! Great food and super lovely people working there. Very much to be recommended.

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W
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. GREAT ATMOSPHERE
Lucky to have this gem in Woolwich.

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LJ
London
161 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Authentic Eritrean food in Woolwich. Good value meal out.

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KS
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would definitely recommend, especially to those looking for a vegan meal in Woolwich. Shewa's vegetable stews are superb! Also, make sure to try her homemade caffeine free tea and the coffee she ROASTS HERSELF.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blue Nile is a wonderful restaurant. The food is always excellent, the service warm and welcoming, and the atmosphere relaxed and pleasant. Highly recommended.

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space, superb food and amazing hospitality. I love the place and people more with each visit, a true gem

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HI
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic little restaurant great food great service

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CT
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Quirky place, with lovely friendly service. Was good to experience completely different food. Would return with friends.

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

If you've had Eritrean food before, it's fairly standard and a bit overpriced. The main downside is the arrogance of the owners - they're better off getting young fresh faces who can cope with service if they're not going to greet and serve you with a smile.

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KC
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They went out of their way to serve us dinner despite a booking error. Food and the ambience of the place were also amazing. Definitely going back again

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LP
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful little restaurant in the middle of Woolwich, the food is fab and our whole meal was £28! For 2! It's great value.
The staff are lovely super kind and friendly.
Totally recommend it

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TC
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the meal at Blue Nile. Such a unique location and worth the trip out of our way to get there. Super value too

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K
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small, specialist menu. Be prepared to dine with only a few serving spoons and no other utensils. A rare experience, a glimpse from Woolwich into another world. Genial waiting staff, willing to advise and instruct.

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h
London
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely authentic food. Friendly atmosphere, fantastic home made wine

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious and lovely decoration. Loads of food but not too heavy

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LJ
London
161 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friends had wanted to go for ages and loved it.

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g
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Another thoroughly enjoyable meal and such amazing value for money.
The lentils and the tomato dish were the highlights.

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AM
London
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing secret jewel in Woolwich.
Fantastic food. Great service. Warm, cozy and friendly
Amazing value for money. We loved it!

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WT
London
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good service, delicious food and lovely people

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C
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cosy and rustic venue, with delicious food and generous portions. Love you the place, hence I've been there three times already.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely unique food in a homely unpretentious family environment. Great value for money too.

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HN
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service, very tasty food the atmosphere pf the place goves you the feeling of the Eritrean culture.

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MA
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was ok but nothing like what I expect from Ethiopian food. All dishes were watered down in terms of salt and spice to suit the western palette resulting in dishes that did not taste anything like the originals. The prices were also steep for the portions - we were two adults and a child and ordered the sharing menu, the owner asked if it was three and I said yes. Mistake. We got the same portions as would come for two people but were charged for three. I knew about the portions as a couple next two us ordered the same and got the same portions. Disappointed.

The ambiance is also not traditional Eritrean/Ethiopian. The place was a sausage shop in the past and the owners decided to keep the same decor! Except for a map of Eritrea, nothing related to the culture. The sign in front of the shop also needs an upgrade IMHO.

But on the up note, the owner, Hapte, was a gentleman and was quite nice, chatting with us about Eritrean history etc.

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MF
London
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Eritrean restaurant
Friendly, helpful service
Beautifully cooked menu
Wife had worked in Horn of Africa in 80s & was almost swooning as the smells & tastes came back
Can't wait to visit again with rest of family

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Blue Nile, food was fantastic & very authentic. Highly recommend... hidden gem in Woolwich.

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NL
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at the blue Nile, we always do, great food, great service, so warm & friendly, also great because a lot of the food options are vegan, as well as meat. I highly reccomend!

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JG
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's our fav restaurant in London. The family who run it are incredibly nice and warm people, the food is just great - if you're into "unconventional" stuff, that is - and it's surprisingly cheap. Their wine list is quite short with only a few options, but they're all quality Italian wines from independent farmers and they're all great. The Injera they make is just unique and their meat & veg stews are something else. This is so enthusiastic that some people might think it's a fake comment, but honestly, it's in my top-5 worldwide list.

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