My search for posts on the Blue Nile mostly turned up references to it, but no specific threads about it. Hearing mostly good things, Mrs Gut Grease and I went there last night for dinner. Here is my report:
We don't know anything about Ethiopian food, but wanted to be adventurous. At 6:30pm on a Friday night there was only one other table of patrons besides us. More trickled in throughout the evening, but it was nice not to scream over a crowd. The decorating was unique, but might have been partially left over from a previous Mexican restuarant. Our server had no clue where any of it came from.
Not being picky, we asked for a wine suggestion. Hearding Cats, a South Aftrican made wine, was brought to our table. After the ceremonial un-twisting of the cap, we enjoyed a nice wine. For $22 it was enjoyable.
The waitress suggested the Gosa Gosa, which is a sampler of their appetizers. The Sambusa Fooni and Sambusa Missiraa were both very good and were flavorful. The Baajiya was decent and the Shafut was different. Shafut is Ethiopian bread, essentially soaked in buttermilk and sauce. It was good but kind of runny. That's probably how it's supposed to be though.
Mrs. Gut Grease truly enjoyed the Maraka Sangaa Hurdii, which is chunks of beef and potato cubes simmered in a mild curry sauce. Our entrees were both served on top of Biddeena (flat bread). I really enjoyed my Hoolaa Akaawii, which is lamb pieces marinated in a blend of spices, and sautéed with onions, tomatoes and cilantro. I ordered it hot and was not disappointed. I was sweating while I enjoyed this meal. My side dish was Foule, which was fava beans sautéed with onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, garlic, ginger, and spices. Everything on my plate was literally licked clean.
With no room left for dessert, we paid our bill and went home. I definitely would recommend trying out some Ethiopian food at the Blue Nile. We weren't disappointed.