Tonight I was in the mood for Ethiopian food. On a whim I decided to look in Foursquare to see if there was another Ethiopian restaurant in the OKC area, and saw that there was one in Edmond, the reviews on the interwebs indicated it was a pretty good place so we decided to drive the 18 miles to get there.
We were immediately greeted by a friendly waitress. The place was a bit chilly when we entered, and I am usually cold anyway, but when we put on our coats the owner came out and apologised and said the back door was open and she would turn on the heat.
We looked at the menu and I decided on some of the hot tea. Tammy got cold tea, but changed that to hot. The tea tasted a lot like Chai. It was perfectly spiced and well balanced. We liked their tea sets as well.
We looked at the menu and we decided on an order of sambusa samplers and two orders of the vegetarian sampler platter.
The samosas were the best I have had. The dough was soft and flavorful and tasted like it was made in house instead of being frozen phyllo dough. The filling was really good too. The lentils were perfectly spiced. They had some heat on them but nothing over or underpowering. Tammy liked the chicken ones as well. She is not a big fan of ground beef anything so that one she didn’t like as much only because her personal preference to shredded beef. When I was almost done with mine I remembered that I forgot to take a picture of them. Our entree wasn’t even out yet and we decided that we needed more. This time two chicken and two lentils.
The veggie sampler plate had Atakeit wot (cabbage and carrots), Ye’ Abesha Gomen (kale), Yemisir Wot (Red lentils in berbere sauce), Kik Alltcha (split yellow peas), Fosalia (string beans), Key Sir D’nich (beets and potatoes). They served it on a piece of injera with three pieces to use to scoop the food. I happen to like injera but Tammy doesn’t care for the taste. She used her hand and a fork to eat it.
The sampler plate was a bit anticlimactic for us. Everything tasted fine, but most of the items didn’t have much flavor compared to the other Ethiopian places we had been to. (Tammy had been to two others, I had been to 5 others including a few in DC). Also everything was a bit cold. The one thing that was really good was the red lentils in berbere sauce. When we have had this before they almost tasted burned. This time it didn’t have that burned taste and they were flavorful and was still warm inside. I am not sure if the spices are normally roasted and they roast them so long that they char or why this dish usually tastes burned, but to me the way Blue Nile prepares it is how I like it.
Our second round or appetizers came out shortly after our entree did, they were as fresh and hot as the first round and just as good. We had one left before I remembered to take a picture of that one last remaining samosa.
The interior was nice. The dining area had nice tables and chairs and the walls were painted green. It wasn’t too bright or dark in the dining area. The table service was wonderful and the staff were very nice. The flavor of the entrees just needed more flavor in them. We joked about going there and ordering the samosas togo then driving to Queen of Sheba for the entree and taking out Blue Nile’s samosas for our appetizer.
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