Blue Nile Ethiopian...
I saw the signage for Blue Nile in Hyde Square in JP....anyone know if this is the same Blue Nile that used to be near the Roxbury/Brookline Border?
Anyone know if they've opened yet, or better yet, given it a try? They don't seem to have a website...
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Oh man! I'm going to go by tonight to see if they are open. Heaven is an Ethiopian place in my neighborhood!!!
re: C. Hamster
Right across the way from the Behan.
It's open and it's good!
Service was a little spotty- very nice people but my vegetarian sampler came out a good 10 minutes before Husband's kitfo. I'm assuming it's just-opened kinks that need to be worked out.
Food, though, was pretty good. Will have to go back and try a few more things, but I was impressed with the gomen wot, tikle gomen, and meser wot. One of my other wots was a little bland. Husband's kitfo, however, was "fantastic." He asked them to make it traditionally- she raised her eyebrows and asked if he actually meant raw. Yes, raw. And it came out perfect. The super slight sear, lots of flavor and spice.
Price point is very reasonable. My veggie sampler, which came with 4 options was 10.95 and the kitfo (which was a gigantic portion) was also 10.95.
Wine is 3.95 a glass or 19.99 a bottle.
Super excited to have Ethiopian in JP! (And they do takeout!)
Three of us ate here last night.
The bad: we waited 60 minutes for the food to come out. The first beer they brought (in a bottle) was flat. The drinks were brought staggered - I got to sit for 15 waiting for my tea. I didn't realize it took that long to boil water.
The good: the food. The waitress was surprised we ordered our kitfo raw, and asked if we'd had it before. Yes, yes we have, but yours is delicious, spicy and excellent. It was a gigantic portion and when we couldn't finish it, they cooked the leftover to take home with us. We also sampled Fasolia - vegetables with carmelized onions and Key Wot - a comforting beef stew.
I was really impressed with the food. I thought it was better than the other two places in Boston I've been to (Addis and Fasika) and if they even out the service I imagine they'll be quite successful. I'll give them a pass for the first week - it was buzzing when we got there and the kitchen could have just been overwhelmed.
147 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145
I went there a couple of weeks ago. The hosts were very nice but still haven't got the speed up. Four of us shared the 6 veggie platter and added the chicken and one beef dish. Food was good and inexpensive and I'm glad to have it in my neighborhood. The injera was disappointing and lacked the bubbly sourness that distinguishes this bread for me. The veggies were a strength and well prepared but the spicing had a sameness throughout. The chicken had a nice dark sauce but the beef was uninteresting. Overall, not as good as the old Fasika and as I occasionally get to DC, not close to the many excellent Ethiopian places in our nation's capital. I haven;t been to the new Fasika or Habesha to compare.