Saturday, December 4, 2010

Restaurant Review: Blue Nile Cafe

The Blue Nile Cafe is my favorite restaurant in Kansas City, so naturally I'm doing my first restaurant review on it. Blue Nile Cafe is located in the River Market district.

If you've never had Ethiopian food before, you'll be in for a treat and a surprise.

No forks or chopsticks, you eat with your hands, using injera, which is a spongy pancake-like sourdough, to pick up the food. It's served "family style", everyone grabbing food off a platter in the middle of the table. (If this all seems overwhelming at first, yes, you can ask for a fork and individual plates.)

The food uses a lot of spices; berbere, garlic, ginger, turmeric, fenugreek, cardamom, coriander, cloves, and others. It's not "hot spicy", but very intensely flavorful. It's like an orgasm for your taste buds!

We usually order the sampler platter because I can never choose just a few items! For drinks, the honey wine or the spiced ice tea are my favorites.

Sampler platter & honey wine

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I'm going to have to try some Ethiopian food now. I have a few friends in Kansas City, so now I have even more of a reason to go visit =)