Circumnavigating the globe with a crazy-eyed Magellan may have been a decent way to sample ethnic cuisines, but it also led to leather-gnawing escapes and giant-gorilla-seeking side trips. Instead, safely dine on exotic fare with today’s Groupon. For $9, you get $20 worth of tongue-tantalizing Ethiopian Cuisine at Blue Nile, located in the University District.
If you are what you eat, then Ethiopian cuisine will transform diners into charmingly folk acquainted with alluring flavors and gripping stories of cubicle-devoid adventuring. At Blue Nile, an unforgettable dining experience that cultivates friendship amongst diners is conveniently within reach. For the uninitiated, Ethiopian cuisine is traditionally eaten utensil-free perched atop homemade injera, a large sourdough flatbread that acts as a tender, edible glove for your right hand to pick up and feed savory heaps of eats to your anticipatory taste buds. This spongy, pancake-like bread is delicious on its own and provides the perfect sidekick to complement the famous spicy main kick of Blue Nile’s dishes.
Start off with an appetite amplifier such as tomato fitfit with green pepper, onions, beets, dry wine, and mixed injera ($6.99). Savory entrees include a wide variety of vegetarian and meat dishes, such as the chicken doro wat with berbere sauce and hard-boiled egg ($10.49); gored gored with raw, fresh beef seasoned in butter, mitmita, and pepper ($12.99); lamb yebeg alicha with tumeric, onions, garlic, and pepper ($12.49); and vegetarian shiro with spiced and milled chick peas and cooked onions ($8.99). For groups and massive appetites, four-course combo specials provide a convenient dining option. Blue Nile also offers drink options such as wine and brewskis so Uncle Bob won’t make too much of a fuss about leaving his man cave unattended.
With handsome cultural décor and cozy confines, Blue Nile offers top-notch Ethiopian cuisine in a casual setting that will satisfy the pickiest of patrons. Diners have the option to sit at a traditional Ethiopian table for a small surcharge. Because Blue Nile is located slightly closer to Columbus than Africa, you won't have to traverse landscapes any more treacherous than the trenches that protect your home from hypothetical zombie outbreaks.
This Groupon is not applicable toward Blue Nile's lunch buffet.
- The food is delicious, the atmosphere is fun and exotic. I'm a huge fan of Ethiopian food, and the Blue Nile does not disappoint in any way. – jrubenp, Citysearch
- I loved the buffet. There was ample vegetarian options...I am dying to order off the menu now! – Kali, Urbanspoon
- The injera is fantastic. It's fun to eat in the traditional way, sans silverware. – HawtStar1194, Yahoo! Local
In Ethiopian culture, it is said that people who eat from the same plate, known as mosseb, will never betray one another. Using injera (a crepe-like bread made of teff, wheat, and corn flours) to scoop up chunks of spiced stew to place in a dining partner’s mouth demonstrate the affection and trust that only a shared meal can forge. While they don’t expect guests to feed one another, the chefs at Blue Nile recreates these Ethiopian culinary traditions with a menu of authentic dishes that range from the spicy berbere sauce to milder stews and delicately seasoned lamb and chicken. Served at a mix of traditional Ethiopian tables with American-style tables and chairs, lamb, beef, and chicken dishes are share space alongside vegetarian options such as fresh eggplant, collard greens, and yellow split peas. These combination specials help up to four diners break bread together, encouraging them to share smiles, flavors, and suggestions for what origami animal to make out of the leftover bread.