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Blue Nile Ethiopian...

lunchout Sep 24, 2011 06:37 AM


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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    TheScribe Oct 5, 2011 08:06 AM

    Anyone try it yet? I am going asap!

    1. Kirs Oct 6, 2011 10:32 AM

      Oh man! I'm going to go by tonight to see if they are open. Heaven is an Ethiopian place in my neighborhood!!!

      1. C. Hamster Oct 6, 2011 04:52 PM

        I don't think Brookline and Roxbury share a border ...


        Where in Hyde Sq. Is this Place?

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        1. re: C. Hamster
          Kirs Oct 7, 2011 04:24 PM

          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!)

          1. re: Kirs
            lunchout Oct 16, 2011 10:59 AM

            And I should have said - thanks for your response and all of the responses...I'm not in the neighborhood much, now I'm excited to go there to check this place out...

          2. re: C. Hamster
            lunchout Oct 16, 2011 10:58 AM

            Brookline and Roxbury do share a border...the turn where Huntington goes uphill to South Huntington....if you went straight on Huntington instead of taking the left onto S Huntington, you'd enter Brookline.

            Growing up, we called the overpass there "culture shock bridge"

            1. re: lunchout
              C. Hamster Oct 18, 2011 07:19 AM

              The BRA considers that Mission Hill, but after living in JP forever and taking the trolley and the bus I remember exactly where the old one was.

              1. re: C. Hamster
                loper Oct 18, 2011 07:54 AM

                And when I lived in Mission Hill, my official postal address was "Roxbury"... so there you go.

                1. re: loper
                  C. Hamster Oct 18, 2011 08:00 AM

                  And when I lived in Cleveland Circle my postal address was Brookline!

                  Neighborhoods here can get so crazy. Still undecided if I currently live in Adams Village ("The Village") or Adams Cah-ner

                  1. re: C. Hamster
                    lunchout Oct 18, 2011 09:29 AM

                    yup. Mission Hill is a part of Roxbury. It's actually the part of Roxbury where the neighborhood got started, and those rock formations you see around there verywhere are called "Roxbury puddingstone"

          3. gini Oct 8, 2011 04:25 PM

            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

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            1. re: gini
              Dave MP Oct 11, 2011 06:55 AM

              Adding a link for Blue Nile Restaurant

              Blue Nile Restaurant
              389 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

              1. re: gini
                gourmaniac Jan 19, 2012 08:33 AM

                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.

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                sr44 Jan 19, 2012 07:54 AM

                Does anyone know if there is any handicapped parking near the Blue Nile? A friend and I tried to go last Saturday night, but could not find parking of any sort and eventually gave up.

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                1. re: sr44
                  scavdog Feb 23, 2012 09:10 AM

                  The doors have been closed the last 2 days (At least for lunch). Anyone have an idea what might be going on here?

                  1. re: scavdog
                    TheScribe Feb 23, 2012 12:33 PM

                    They serve lunch on weekends only.

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