Fine East African cuisine offering buffet style or menu style dining. Serving a wide variety of healthy organic food including both vegan and vegetarian. They are fully licensed and also have free parking for your convenience.
I have been here about 5 times and I love it! The food is so tasty and has so much flavour - even though it looks like its been sitting under the heat lamp for a while - it doesn't taste it. They even have a delicious African beer to complement it all. The ambiance is different, I had never seen dancing like they show on the tv before, but now it's part of the whole experience and I look forward to it each time we go back. And the service is so friendly. I hope it stays in my neighbourhood forever!
I love African food so I thought a visit to a local East African restaurant was in order. When I got there, I was surprised to hear that they were a buffet only restaurant, unlike what their website claims. When I headed to get my food, I was truly horrified.
On two separate occasions now (because I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt), the food looked like it had been sitting under heat lamps for a few days. While there are a couple tasty meat dishes, most items are an overcooked, reheated mess. However, the price is quite fitting for the quality of the food so I guess one could say that the value was decent.
The staff are lovely and if the food was prepared fresh, I think it would be a wonderful place.
My wife and I decided to try something completely different for our 17th wedding anniversary. At first we looked for Indian food but found very few good reviews for local Indian restaurants. Just by chance we came across an add for The Blue Nile and thought that we would give it a go. We were not disappointed.
We arrived just after they opened for dinner and were the first through the door. The buffet was fully stocked with steaming goodness and the air was filled with exotic sents. The room was decorated with a various assortment of authentic art and along with the faux grass roof that skirted the ceiling it provided a decidedly foreign ambience. The waitress was very busy setting up for dinner but dropped everything to seat us and order our drinks. I went with a Nigerian beer just for the heck of it which arrived in a large stubby bottle (a true import, brewed and bottled in Nigeria).
Once the drinks hit the table we headed for the buffet. There was a wonderful assortement of hot and savory dishes, plenty for both vegetarians and carnivores to enjoy. To accompany the main meal there was a crisp and cool green salad which contained very fresh and spicey peppers (so watch out pantywaists). Also available was a type of unlevened bread which looks like a pancake or crepe. It appears smooth on one side and porous on the other. The bread had a bit of a vinegary flavour (I could be wrong) and was very delicious. We weren't quite sure of the method by which the food was traditionally eaten so we faked it as best we could.
As we ate we watched an African version of MTV on a flat screen TV on the wall which was playing various traditional songs. The one funny thing I had to note was that in every video, regardless of the song, the people all did exactly the same dance. Two moves over and over, kind of a violent shoulder shrugging and head turning. As we were driving home my wife and I started performing the dance togther in the car to the tune on the radio much to the entertainment of those around us at the stop light. =)
The overall experience was tasty, fun, and inexpensive. I would most certainly recommend The Blue Nile to anyone looking for a spicy night out.
I have been to a few different restaurants like this and these guys do a great job!! The guava juice is amazing, I have never had better, and their traditional tea is also interesting. They provide an excellent variety of flavours, textures, meats and vegetables in their buffet (no deep fried foods here!!). They have the traditional injera bread to eat the food with, which is soooo yummy!! The staff are always friendly and add to the experience. If you have never experienced East African cuisine before or just want an interesting, delicious meal, give it a shot!!
this restaurant is a gem in the rough and has yet to be discovered. The buffet is always good and the staff welcomes questions regarding names and ingredients. The overall service is outstanding. Check it out, enjoy some good food and learn a little bit about the culture it originates from!