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Vegan Dinner at The Nile Restaurant

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If you are interested in this event it's important to add your name to the waiting list even if you think it's unlikely you'll be contacted to go:
1) There could be last-minute cancellations and the people ahead of you on the list might not be able to go -- or I might not be able to get ahold of them.
2) It gives me a better indication of the interest level, which can help in planning future events.

After Lulu's restaurant closed in February due to development on their block, their chef and manager opened The Nile Restaurant. He did a wonderful job hosting our group last year at Lulu's and he's looking forward to impressing everyone at his new place. The menu for our dinner is completely vegan and will be served family style...

Cooked garbanzo beans, pureed and mixed with lemon and tahini. Served with warm, fresh pita. (gluten free, except the pita)

Garbanzo beans ground with onion, garlic, and spices, shaped into small patties and fried. (gluten free)

Split Pea
A hearty homemade split yellow pea soup, topped with special spices. (gluten free)

Dinner Salad
House salad with lemon and olive oil dressing. (gluten free)

Egyptian Kushari
Pasta and rice tossed with brown lentils and fried onions. Served with a light, spicy garlic tomato sauce.

Spinach Pie
Spinach, chopped onions, and walnuts layered in thin dough and baked. Served with tabbouleh.

Carrots, zucchini, and potatoes served with tomato sauce over a bed of couscous.


Tea, coffee, and soda will be served with the meal. Beer and wine will be available for an extra charge.

The $15.00 fee includes the tax, tip, and everything mentioned above (except the noted beverages). That breaks down to about $11.00 for the meal, plus tax, tip, and a little to cover the and PayPal fees. The Nile is giving our group a great deal. A meal like this would normally cost over $40, with tax and tip.

RSVP/Payment Info:
Pre-payment is required to RSVP (see exception below). automates this process when you pay via PayPal. If you want to pay by check, contact me and I will give you my mailing address. I will manually update your RSVP as soon as I receive your request, but since our events fill up quickly, out of fairness to other group members I will remove the RSVP if the check is not received within four business days.

Special honor system exception: If you have been in the group for a while and have a history of attending and paying for events without any problems you can contact me about paying me at the event. This accommodation is provided as a convenience -- you are still responsible for paying even if you do not attend.

Important Note: I will manually update the RSVPs of people who pay by check or use the honor system, but it's possible the event will fill up before I check my email. If that happens I will add you to the waiting list.

Fee Disclosure:
The $15.00 fee includes a little extra to cover PayPal's fees (74 cents) as well as's $144 annual cost.

Refund Policy:
If you cancel on or before Saturday, May 28th you will get a full refund. There are no refunds for cancellations after the deadline or if you do not show up to the event. If something comes up at the last minute you are welcome to find someone else to attend instead of you. The reason refunds are not given after the deadline is that I agree to pay for everyone who has paid me at that point.

What about kids?
Children 7 and under can attend for free. All other kids pay full price. Please include kids as guests when RSVPing unless they will not take up a seat. Please also make a note in the comment section of your RSVP if kids will be joining you, and their ages.

This is a vegetarian group. Why is the dinner vegan?
This group has members who are vegetarian, vegan, and just interested. Everyone is welcome. I think it's important for our events to have a menu that not only has something for everyone, but where everyone can eat everything.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The food was wonderful, and so was the company. The only problem was the service. I was sitting at a table of ten, and the waiters never brought enough food for ten people the first time around. Each time we received a course to share, we had to ask for more even though we took small portions. I felt a little like I was in an orphanage with small portions and not enough food for everyone. The waiters even forgot to bring our table one of the courses. When the tried to compensate for this with some take-home containers, they only brought enough for four! Also, we had to get our own coffee at the end of the meal, which would have been fine if it had been set out somewhere. In spite of these complaints, I was happy that I went, as the food was really excellent. The vegan spinach pie was especially great.

    June 4, 2011

  • NancyA

    Absolutely delicious food! Perfectly balanced ingredients and spot-on seasoning blends. The Kushari was delightful! HINT: Serve couscous before the stew. (And what was that stew, anyway? It was delicious -- potatoes, cabbage, etc. But I do not see it on the menu.) Have several large bowls of couscous for each table. My table mates and I were thinking about Stone Soup while passing around the serving bowls!

    June 3, 2011

  • Amy K.

    It was nice we had the opportunity to try so many different menu items. The portions were small for the price. I didn't go away hungry, but for $15 per person, we should have been quite full. Tasty falafels, pita and hummus. The lentil soup was very good, nicely spiced. I'd never had kushari before, and it was quite good. The caramelized onions were a nice touch. Our table never got tabouleh. I don't know about the other tables, but it was on the evening's menu. The water was really awful! It seemed like the restaurant was initially overwhelmed with the size of the group, but they got into a groove as the night continued, although none of the items were served particularly hot, or even warm in some cases. Cold spinach pie didn't fly too well with the kids. I'd guess The Nile has some good food, but I wouldn't want to go there with a big group again.

    June 2, 2011

  • Shawn B.

    It was tasty, but not the best one I've been to. I was disappointed in the smaller portions of food (particularly the falafel and hummus). The poor staff seemed a little overwhelmed by our group. I'm glad someone took over the space after Spice and Curry didn't make it.

    June 2, 2011

  • Donna S.

    The service could have been better. The portions weren't consistent. So that sometimes I was left scraping the plate as in getting the last bit of couscous.

    June 2, 2011

  • Claire

    I enjoyed seeing my friends and meeting new people. I was very hungry when I came and didn't quite get enough to eat. The service was slow and the food was probably a good serving size - it just seemed like not that much as it came a tiny bit at a time AND one dish didn't even make it to us. I was also hoping for some tea at the end.

    June 2, 2011

  • Jack R.

    Food was just not very good and to be honest not very filling. They gave two small salad bowls for a table of 9. I think I could have eaten one of those salad bowls by myself. There was not even enough food to go around for the whole table for any dish they served. The Baklava dessert was very very good though. There is lot of great vegan middle eastern food. I wish they would have served some of it. However, the people I met were very nice and there was a lot of good conservation. I was happy to meet the people I did. Just the food was not so good unfortunately.

    June 2, 2011

  • Stephen L

    We had a large table seating 12 (2x6's pushed together). There wasn't enough food brought to us--it seemed we were getting the same amount as other tables even though ours was the largest one there. The service seemed slow, too. The food was good, as expected.

    June 2, 2011

  • Bill D.

    Had a great time.

    June 2, 2011

  • Alison B.

    I had a great time. Met some interesting people.

    June 2, 2011

  • Jennifer

    I need to cancel my RSVP b/c the time conflicts w/ a class I'm now taking. I went to The Nile last week and it was incredible!

    May 26, 2011

Your organizer's refund policy for Vegan Dinner at The Nile Restaurant

Refunds offered if:

  • you can cancel at least 4 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: See the details of the refund policy in the event description.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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