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About Blue Nile
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 .
London, SE18 6ED
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 12pm - 3pm - 6pm - 9pm
Friday: 12pm - 3pm - 6pm - 10pm
Saturday: 3pm - 10pm
Sunday: 3pm - 9pm
£26 to £40
020 8855 0369
Street parking is available on the evenings. The supermarket across the road also has 3 hours free parking at all times.
Woolwich Arsenal DLR and mainline train station is a few minutes walk away.
Beer, Cafe, Takeout, Wine
Blue Nile Ratings and Reviews
Astonishingly wonderful place!!
The Blue Nile has simply wonderful food: very authentic, healthy and tasty. The owner goes to considerable trouble to import Eritrean flour for the Injera and you can really tell.
The service and welcome is without equal anywhere, and the whole package is wrapped up in a superb value for money package.
I can’t recommed this highly enough.
This was a first for the three of us as we popped in to have dinner as the beginning of our night of celebrations for my NZ niece's 19th birthday. We loved the food, the service where we were made to feel welcome and shown how to eat the food in a traditional manner. Lovely time! Definitely coming again for sure!
The food was fabulous, just as tasty as we hoped. It lived up to the good reviews we had read prior to the visit. We were really lucky and got a panatone for our birthday celebrations, the owner had put candles on the cake for us, which made it very special and personalised. The owner was also very attentive and asked us if we wanted more food at all the right points. The wine was a lovely Italian wine! In summary, its a great place, great food and great experience. I will be going back. I hope that people support this restaurant because it truly is a local gem.
Don't let the outside fool you! I really enjoyed the food! Having spent some significant time in Africa, the inside really brought back memories! I think the decor and atmosphere was well done and the food was excellent. The service was good, speedy and our waitress provided food explanations and suggestions.
Easy to find and can park outside on a Sunday. Also free 3 hours parking in Tesco car park opposite Blue Nile. This was an old sausage shop and is decorated with plain white tiles. Modest in appearance but with some rather beautiful Eritrean woven baskets on display as well as photos and posters.
Great menu selection and staff very helpful in advising combinations and how to eat 'sans cutlery' using fingers and their wonderful Injera bread. We chose the mixed Bebiaynetu meat and vegetarian stews that consisted of a mix of 2 meat and 3 vegetarian dishes with an extra basket of rolled Injera pieces. Beautifully spiced, very tasty and rather filling. You can opt for the mild or spicy version - we chose 'mild'. For desert we shared a Tiramasu and Balaklava with Espresso coffees an the bill came to approx. £30 between us (including tip).
Would certainly recommend to friends and will return. We booked in advance for the Sunday lunch, but there were still plenty of spaces. However, we were informed that booking is essential for weekday evening dining when it gets very full.
There isn't a restaurant I've been to yet, in London, which made me feel like I was being taken cared of, with love, warmth and genuine kindness, such as the Blue Nile did and has been doing, every time I visit it.
The owner is a beautiful lady from Eritrea with a lovely soul, that gives herself to you in the most respectful and true manner, channeling towards you this motherly treatment, in all aspects of the experience you'll undergo at her restaurant.
The food is of high quality, fresh, fantastically cooked as one would get in Eritrea. Every bite of injera with either one of the several vegetable stew options or the meat ones, makes you drift away through a journey of senses, comforting you every step of the way.
An excellent choice of restaurant for a date or for a small group. Go for the set menu and dig in without cutlery, going back to ancient roots where the connection with what you eat is laid bare.
I always go there as well to eat the most tasty and special tiramisu desert, made by the owner, which leaves you completely surrendered.
This review may seem a lot of propaganda from someone who was told to do it but it is not.
I'm a Portuguese individual, that got this place recommended by a friend of a friend and I would be remised if I didn't write what I truly have felt and tasted and experienced, every time I visited the Blue Nile.
You will not regret one bit.
My sincere thanks to the owner!!
Tiago aka the long haired guy :)
A local gem. We took our children who can be very fussy eaters, they loved it! The food was delicious. Our host was very warm friendly and accommodating. We were even surprised with a cake after they discovered it was mine and my husbands birthday. I'm looking for another opportunity to go again.
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