• Blue Nile

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Ethiopian, Eritrean

Serves meat, vegan options available. Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine with some vegetable-based dishes, including spicy stews served on injera (bread made from teff flour), other vegan suitable dishes. Can be a fully vegan platter (say no cheese). Eat with your hands. Traditional coffee ceremony available. Open Mon-Thu 13:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 13:00-01:00, Sun 13:00-23:00.

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10 Reviews

First Review by bk83


Points +30

10 Sep 2023

Sunday lunch in the Blue Nile

Found the restaurant on this app, so tried for the first time. Busy but too busy which is always good in my opinion. The menu clearly shows vegan options, friendly staff and too long to wait. I had the vegan platter for one. Join in and eat with your hands but there was plenty of bread to compliment the food.

Updated from previous review on 2023-09-10

Pros: Good atmosphere, Vegan options clearly marked on the menu, Great food

Cons: Not a con BUT it is cash only



Points +101

23 Jul 2023

Great food

Friendly service and great food, vegan option is a mix of lentil stews served on injera. They also catered for my gluten intolerant friend who had the same options served with rice rather than injera.


Points +120

13 Apr 2023

Best vegan food I’ve ever had!

Ethiopian food is officially my favourite cuisine now.

Have the vegan platter for two which is a large ‘plate’ of injera, with loads of different dishes on top - a couple of vegetable dishes and a few lentil based one.

Really unique flavours and so tasty. We couldn’t finish it all as the portions are so generous! Would definitely recommend - would be a 5* but they sell meat.

Pros: Very good value for money - huge portions

Cons: Not many vegan options overall


Points +49

21 Jan 2022

Should be 5 star

Been here a few times and have loved every time I’ve been! Authentic Ethiopian food and staff are always able to recommend other options of what to have if I get stuck. A nice variety of vegan options on offer and flavoursome injera adds to its taste.
Definitely recommend for those wanting to try something different.


Points +2865

23 Apr 2019

A wonderful (and cheap) experience

My Blue Nile journey began with seeing several photos of the same dish over and over on Instagram. I was just curious and finally found out where it was served and what it was - and of course, it was vegan so I had to try it out.

There are a few vegan dishes on the menu which is really meat heavy and they’re all great. The cabbage and sliced potatoes is one of my all time favourites. But if you’re new to Blue Nile and want to try what they have to offer in one hit, you go for the dish I went for: the Yesom Beyayinetu. For less than a tenner you get a huge round dish with Injera bread, on which are half a dozen or so servings of food and extra bread on the side. No cutlery here, this is a very hands on experience! The dish is a mix of lentils in various sauces, string beans, potatoes, cabbage and salad. I have indeed seen a few people take this on and eat it themselves but unless you have a huge appetite, two can easily share this dish which means for just over a tenner with drinks, you get some of the finest food in the city. That’s very hard to compete with.

Fair warning for veggies and vegans - it is a meat heavy menu and the walls (being an Ethiopian business) do have some animal in origin artefacts hanging from the walls. If you can look past these, some amazing food awaits you.

Pros: Few vegan options are all great, Very well priced

Cons: Limited vegan options


Points +138

04 Apr 2019

Tasty food and cheap

Had a huge Injera bread with various vegan dishes on it. Bill came to 25 for 2 drinks and the vegan sharing meal for two. Food was so so tasty. I was full after but didn’t feel bloated, probably due to the food being healthy and legume focussed. Would go again and recommend. There is a veggie section within the menu, however state you are vegan to be on the safe side.

Pros: Tasty. Cheap. , Lots of vegan options , Friendly staff, good service

Cons: It’s cold in the restaurant, wrap up warm


Points +486

15 Feb 2018

excellent food

We ate here last night. The food was excellent but I’m not absolutely convinced that there was much understanding of the difference between veggie and vegan. There is a vegetarian menu page (which has a fish dish on), and they said it was all vegan.

Having said that, we ordered a veggie ‘sharing dish’ and specified no dairy, no cheese, and have no reason to think we got any.

It was good filling food and cheap- £18 total and we were both stuffed.

Pros: good price

Cons: vegan not clearly differentiated from veggie, mid feb the restaurant was cold!


Points +99

18 Jan 2018

Good Vegan food

Tasty spicy Eithiopean Vegan dishes with enjera bread

Pros: VFM, friendly staff


Points +395

01 Jan 2018

Best Ethiopian

I've eaten at several ethiopian restaurants around in country and I've been eating at the blue nile for many years now and i think it's consistently been the best I've tried. There is a good selection of dishes and the injera is the best. The dishes are well cooked and brilliantly flavored.

While not marked, most of the dishes on the vegetarian page are vegan, just ask the staff are friendly and helpful.

Can't recommend this place enough.

Updated from previous review on 2018-01-01


Points +28

24 Aug 2017

Probably my favourite Birmingham restaurant

If you've never tried Ethiopean food then don't wait any longer. It is amazingly flavoursome - I've bought a berbere spice mix to use at home. The injera bread is also delicious. Tip - don't fill up on the extra bread as you will want to eat the bread that makes up the base plate too, which all the sauces have soaked into.

Pros: Delicious, Great for a mixed veg/non-veg group, Very affordable

Cons: You will be very full at the end

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