The cultural and culinary mosaic of the African continent comes to Sydney’s Blacktown thanks to the kitchen and crew at Blue Nile African Cuisine & Cafe. Here, the focus foodwise is Ethiopian cuisine but intrepid foodies will find a range of other African dishes on offer at Blue Nile’s prominent Main Street location. Come in for coffee, try your hand at scooping up delicious East African curries with injera flatbread, or go the whole hog and book in a big celebratory feast, complete with a fantastic Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
Generous portions and great flavor. Satisfied both myself as a meat eater and the vegetarians in our group of 4. Basic banquet deal almost could not finish it all, so much food.
Fantastic traditional style restaurant. I had a young woman waitress who was funny, personable and tentative. The food was brought out in a reasonable time and was full of flavour. Very generous portion sizes. I would definitely recommend Blue Nile cafe and can't wait to go back.
we LOVE coming here. the food is always excellent. we have "go to" dishes and take recommendations from the staff. the server always remembers us, and makes us feel very welcome. it's awesome value for money. the food takes time to arrive, however, it's freshly cooked, and well worth the wait. i'd dine here every week if i had time. the budget's certainly not the issue. we invariably walk out with a full belly plus left overs for under $40 for two of us.
Coffee is as big in Ethiopia and East Africa as it is in Sydney. We take that back – it’s bigger. Ethiopia is the original home of the good bean, and you can bet that Ethiopians have elevated it to a status far beyond what Sydneysiders would call reverence. Of course, in this city – Blacktown not excepted – its mandatory that a cafe worth its crema offer properly barista-brewed coffee to its customers, and while this is the daily business at Blue Nile African Cuisine & Cafe, it’s here that you can also experience the ultimate arabica worship ritual: the Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
This ceremony is composed of three rounds of the good stuff – awel, kalei, and the last round barakah, which means to be blessed. Here at Blue Nile African Cuisine & Cafe they use only single source Ethiopian coffee from Djebena Coffees, and seeing as these ceremonies occur traditionally at festivities, Blue Nile offers them in conjunction with one of the restaurant’s banquets for five or more people (or a fully-catered function of ten or more) comprising a range dishes plucked from African soul food traditions – Somali fried rice, East African fried chicken and fish dishes, Sudanese tomato salata bel Daqua and a whole lot more. Take a trip to the source and book a culinary celebration now.