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“Beautiful African oasis and dining experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Nil Bleu

Le Nil Bleu
Ranked #130 of 5,655 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: African, Ethiopian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Beautiful African oasis and dining experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

Everything was perfect :) we took the tasting menu and it was astounding: the mix of flavours and different textures of the dishes we were served was great; not to mention the peculiar "dish" it was served on. The entire "plate" was made of injera: a tradition Ethiopian spongy, dimpled soft pancake used to scoop up the tasty mounds of different stews and salad neatly piled up on it. A few strips of the injera were also rolled up around the surface of the plate for additional grasping material :) it takes a while to get used to because the spongy texture is really unique, but the flavour of teff flour (a very iron-rich and nutritious grain may I add :D), slightly reminiscent of sourdough, complements well the rich sauces of the dishes. I personally prefer to start by tearing up the injera plate than to use those rolled up on it as I have bigger chances to get to the part soaked up in sauces and juices of the food on top of it before I get full (it may look quite innocent, but that stuff really fills you up). My personal favourites for the courses: the bouticha (very similar to hummus), the kitfo (tartare with goat cheese sprinkled on top) and the yebeg key watt (moist, marinade-soaked flavourful lamb cubes). The atmosphere and decor was also very eery, light African instrumental music drumming in the background, a fountain streaming water down a beautiful panel of carvings and soft lighting of blue and purple hues reminding me of a little oasis/water palace in Ethiopia. The sitting is intimate with all that play of lights, modern white couches and snug throw pillows. Perfect for a couples' night out :) one of my coups-de-coeur in Montreal.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Must”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

This place is amazing. Delicious food, good prices, beautiful restaurant, friendly and helpful staff.

Visited July 2014
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Titusville, New Jersey
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“Great Ethiopian Food in Montreal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

This was a very good ethiopian food, some of the best we have had right on Rue St. Denis. The inside is modern and the service was great.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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“dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

Great food and great service. Asked for spicy food and the waiter brought 3 (unknown) different foods on a plate that were excellent. Wear long pants so you can wipe your hands on them as you don't get silverware or napkins :). It was my first visit to an Ethiopian restaurant (obvious to the waiter) so they brought me a fork. Highly recommend!

Visited June 2014
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“Great Ethiopian Cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

The food was great and the service was wonderful. The restaurant is very chic on Rue St. Denis, very close to everything.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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