Friday, August 14, 2015

A Visit to Blue Nile Ethiopian Kitchen

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 3:20 PM

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I was so inspired by my lunch at Blue Nile, I bought a bag of split peas to do ... something ... And that's about as far as I got with that. 

Point is: Blue Nile, the new Ethiopian restaurant from Stickem's Ermyias Shiberou, is really, really good. 

Bianca and I had a menu strategy: split everything. 

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We ordered a tofu kabob ($3, from the Stickem truck). We both agree that this is the best tofu in town. 

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Next up was the Lentil Sandwich ($8), with lentils, onions, and cilantro. Shiberou told us this is his take on a vegetarian chicken salad. I think about this sandwich a lot ... about the terrific bread, and seasoned whole lentils, how it miraculously held together. 

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Finally, we got the vegetarian platter ($10) — a chef's choice of vegetarian dishes. This one with cabbage, potatoes and carrots, Misir wat (red lentils), yellow split pea wat, greens, and a small green salad with a lemony vinaigrette. All this topped on fantastic injera bread with more served to use for scooping up the food. This colorful plate presents a range of flavors, from the fragrant, earthy wats and the sour cabbage to the bitter greens. A great dish all around.

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