After consuming truly excellent Ethiopian food at Habesha a few weeks back, our group decided to check out the other offerings around Ottawa. Our next stop was the Blue Nile Ethiopian Cuisine located just east of Ottawa’s Chinatown. We’ve heard about this restaurant through other food bloggers around Ottawa and it’s earned a very respectable 88% on Urbanspoon, so we anticipated a pretty smooth supper experience.
A discussion on an Ethiopian restaurant isn’t complete without covering its injera, the Ethiopian bread/eating implement/serving utensil/serving vessel/ubiquitous filler. The injera was quite fresh and had a nice spongey feel to it. It tastes more dense than the injera we had at Habesha, and also less tangy/sour. I can’t really say which injera, Blue Nile or Habesha, is superior. I suppose it comes down to personal taste.
It’s nice having options. Blue Nile certainly is a place that executes its strengths well, but I think I prefer the consistency of the dishes coming out of Habesha’s kitchen.
—-Habesha Restaurant Cuisine: Ethiopian 574 Rideau St. Ottawa, ON K1R5N9 (613) 321.0774