Blue Nile

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234 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Eritrean

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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 .
What 234 People Are Saying
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KP
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and the waitress was really helpful helping us choose the dishes and explaining what complimented what

H
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem ! Lovely owners and staff too. If you haven't been: GO GO GO :-)

BA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

A lovely little calm find, in a restored old sausage shop. An honest feel to it with very pleasant staff and interesting food. Great for the train station. amazed it wasn't busier.

JC
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. We were celebrating a birthday and they really made us welcome and brought out a cake for us. We love it here.

L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hidden spot in Woolwich Arsenal! Dishes and atmosphere were very amazing. Great relaxing evening with friends, trying out a new cuisine. Will definitely be back!

CN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Blue Nile .
I go there regularly for the amazing home cooked traditional Eritrean food .
The atmosphere is so beautiful , cool music,
interesting artefacts and paintings adorn the walls .
It’s great for small groups as well as larger gatherings.
Staff and so welcoming and helpful .

KS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, every single time, in every way. A very special place.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as per usual!!!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always. Highly recommend. Great for vegetarians and vegans, as well as meat eaters. Thanks once again for a great dining experience and see you soon :)

KW
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and exceptional value - will definitely be coming back

NW
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BRILLIANT!! Highly recommended, best Eritrean food in London

PO
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The food was quite nice but we had a very unpleasant experience as the staff shouted at my partner because she found a hair in her food. It was very uncomfortable and we were essentially kicked out. It was a shame as I had been looking forward to dining here due to the good reviews.

Blue Nile
Responded on 7 August 2019

The hair was about 6 inches long soft light brown -we kept it as evidence and we still have it. It does not match our staff African hair.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Blue Nile. Always have a fantastic experience. Delicious food and great customer service. Highly recommend. Already looking forward to our next visit :)

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant was closed and we could not contact them

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.

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

Truly delicious food, great value and great ambience.

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

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

AG
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as allways, best restaurant in London by far.

CH
London
2 reviews
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.

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!

CN
London
2 reviews
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.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely love this place a real Jem. Will definitely be going back

B
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience as per usual!!!

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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!

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

Beautiful family run restaurant, great food and amazing service.

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.

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

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.

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 :)

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

Delicious food and great service, would recommend to everyone!

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.

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.

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

Authentic Eritrean food in Woolwich. Good value meal out.

KS
London
4 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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