Blue Nile

4.8
217 reviews
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Eritrean
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Casual

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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BO
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, understated decor and fantastic service! Looking forward to going again.

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K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly delicious food, great value and great ambience.

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PW
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. Caters well for coeliacs and vegetarians.

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CH
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A delightful, quixotic venue, with food to match. Service was impecable and the unusual menu offering was thoughtfully explained together with the traditional way of eating the stew with fermented pancake. A highly memorable meal for all the right reasons. Plus the first time i have drank Eritraen beer, that had a slight 'malteser' flavour. Would recommend highly, a pleasant change to the run of a mill 'Indian' curry.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic, something a little different. The couple that run the place go out of their way to make sure you your enjoy your experience. They even cooked my young son some pasta when he didn’t like some of the more spicy stews. We have been several times and will definitely be back!

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CN
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Blue Nile .
It’s an Oasis in Woolwich offering a warm welcome , delicious food and such a charming atmosphere to eat , drink and catch up .
It’s my go to when I need to be nurtured and nourished .
Many thanks.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience as per usual!!!

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PA
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 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 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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AO
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 April 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 18 April 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 14 April 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
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 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 3 April 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 31 March 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
4 reviews
Dined on 30 March 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 30 March 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 24 March 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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Berlin
1 review
Dined on 22 March 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 12 March 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 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LJ
London
163 reviews
Dined on 8 March 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 26 February 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 23 February 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 10 February 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
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic little restaurant great food great service

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CT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 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 31 January 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 26 January 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
8 reviews
Dined on 18 January 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 12 January 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
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 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 4 December 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 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LJ
London
163 reviews
Dined on 10 November 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 20 October 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
13 reviews
Dined on 16 September 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
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good service, delicious food and lovely people

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C
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 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 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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