Small London cafe ranks as top London restaurant on Tripadvisor

London cafe beats Michelin-starred restaurants in Tripadvisor rankings

An Eritrean cafe in Woolwich has beaten Michelin-starred restaurants to be ranked number one in London, according to Tripadvisor.

The Blue Nile cafe, on Woolwich New Road, has been transformed by its owner, Shewa Haggos, after being on the brink of closing under a different name last year.

She now serves up delicious home-cooked fare for under £20 a meal, that is proving more popular than the likes of Michelin-starred Gauthier Soho, Pied a Terre, and Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa.

And, according to the Evening Standard, it's so popular that this week it was ranked the top restaurant in London on Tripadvisor.

It has not received one single bad review, so far only garnering reviews rated 'Excellent' or 'Very Good' on the website.

One review, entitled "A beautiful little surprise in the heart of Woolwich", read: "Last Friday I went along to the Blue Nile. Fortunately I booked a table as every table had been taken – it's clearly become a very popular place.

"The staff are absolutely lovely. The owner came over and described in detail each of the dishes and what they consisted of. We were recommended the Bebiaynetu set menu, as it would give us a selection of all dishes for us to try. We didn't really know what to expect having never eaten this kind of food before, and I can honestly say that we were very pleasantly surprised! The food was delicious."

According to Wikipedia, the main traditional food in Eritrean cuisine is tsebhi (stew), served with injera (flatbread made from teff, wheat, or sorghum), and hilbet (paste made from legumes; mainly lentil and faba beans). Eritrean and Ethiopian cuisine (especially in the northern half) are very similar, given the shared history of the two countries, but Eeitrean food features more seafood than Ethiopian fare.

TripAdvisor spokesperson, James Kay, told Aol Travel: "The TripAdvisor Popularity Index dynamically ranks places to eat based on the popularity among travellers of a given business, as measured by the quality, quantity, and recency of reviews and ratings submitted about that business on TripAdvisor.

"Online reviews are a great way for locals and holidaymakers alike to unearth some of the city's hidden gems, and it is great to see a small independent business like this shine for the right reasons – excellent customer service, experience and value."

Have a look at TripAdvisor's top 20 restaurants in London in the gallery below:

TripAdvisor's top 20 restaurants in London
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Small London cafe ranks as top London restaurant on Tripadvisor

Blue Nile Cafe is a family run restaurant in Woolwich serving Ethiopian and Eritean food.

The Five Fields in Chelsea is a modern British restaurant serving some of the UK'S finest seasonal and artisinal produce.

The Green Pea is a family run restaurant, cafe and gallery in Greenwich specialising in quality pub grub.

Casa Tua is a friendly little Italian cafe located close to Camden Road overground station.

The Andover Arms in Hammersmith is a traditional British gastro pub tucked away in Brackenbury Village.

The Art of Pizza in Cricklewood serves traditional Neapolitan pizzas cooked in a stone baked oven.

With two Michelin stars, Le Gavroche in Mayfair offers classical French haute cuisine by chef Michel Roux Jr.

Bombay Chow in Hammersmith offers a selection of Indo Chinese dishes and specialities.

This Notting Hill restaurant boasts two Michelin stars under head chef Brett Graham.

Restaurant Gordan Ramsay is a three Michelin star restaurant owned and operated by award-winning chef, Gordan Ramsay.

Vozar's is the first cafe and restaurant in London that is fully wheat and gluten free.

The menus at Marianne Restaurant change daily using only the freshest, seasonal ingredients.

The food at the Olde Goa is cooked infront of you in this homely restaurant. The restaurant combines the distinctive laid back culture of Goa with simple,soulful cuisine.

Rock Star Sushi Bar offers authentic Japanese specialities in a quirky rock'n'roll themed setting.

Baileys Fish and Chips in Fulham offers a wide variety of tasty fast-food dishes.

Comedor Grill & Bar is an Argentine restaurant in Islington serving a range of classic and modern South American dishes.

Pop Art Sushi is a contemporary Japanese restaurant that offers a casual dining experience with an eclectic menu of speciality cocktails.

Caboose is a street restaurant serving slow smoked grub from a custom built railway cabin near Brick Lane.

La Scelta serves a selection of Mediterranean cuisine in comfortable, modern surroundings.

Omnino Steak House is a boutique steak restaurant that specialises in the art of grilling.


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