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Nairobi Restaurant Guide
Nairobi has numerous restaurants that cater to different people from different cultures and tastes. In this blog, I share a guide to some of these restaurants and what they have to offer.
Serena Mandhari Restaurant
Mandhari Restaurant is defined by the exceptional ambience and superb continental cuisine. It is one of the most polished line dining restaurants I have visited. The dining areas are spacious and well ornamented. It overlooks an impressive view of the Nairobi’s central park and the city skyline.
Receive personalized service offering meals such as seafood platters, lamb and a vegetarian menu. You can enjoy French and Chilean wines among a range of wine brands from around the world.
The restaurant also features a pre-dinner cocktail and a private dining area called the captain’s table that can hold up to 10 diners. Soothing piano music can be heard and it serves to complement the cosy ambience. From time to time the restaurant invites international chefs who are proud to present a series of themed menus to showcase the authentic cuisines of their countries.
Sarova Panafric Flame Tree Restaurant
The restaurant offers innovative cuisine that fuses the best of continental and pan- African delicacies. The menu allows an easy approach to fine dining featuring a variety of dishes that focus on healthy foods, great presentation and delectable taste.
With a choice of alfresco or indoor dining must-haves include the freshly squeezed healthy juices which are unique, tasty and in a good range, an array of nicely done seafood, delicacies, delicious meat cuts served with a range of accomplishments, vegetarian dishes and sumptuous desserts including self-saucing soufflé.
Talisman is located at the Giraffe Centre, and not far from Daphne Sheldrick’s elephant orphanage. It was previously a house of the mother of Allan Root. Allan was a famous conservationist and nature film producer.
The best seller starter on their menu is the world-famous feta and coriander samosas with chilli ginger jam dipping sauce. The best seller main course dish is the char-grilled fillet of beef with wasabi hollandaise. This is served with barbecued peppers and bhajias (deep-fried potatoes).
Talisman seats about 135 people and its busiest day is Saturday which ends with a live band playing jazz and blues. Within the Restaurant is art exhibitions from artists that changes every two weeks. They prepare smoked salmon on leleshwa wood shavings. The restaurant prepares its spices in house from the apple cider mustard, smoked chilli sauce, bread and pastries.
The Phoenician Japanese & Lebanese Restaurant
The Phoenician Japanese and Lebanese restaurant is located on Matundu Lane, Westlands Nairobi. There are Japanese teppanyaki tables that are a great treat for Japanese food aficionados. There are a sushi bar and a fully stocked bar with a huge selection of shisha flavours. The restaurant has a beautiful inviting décor that musters warm brown hues. There is attractive lighting and long uniquely chandeliers hang ornately from the high ceiling.
The Japanese menu is well thought out with a combination of authentic Japanese dishes and other exclusive fusions. The menu features a variety of sushi, sashimi, uramaki sushi rolls, nigari sushi rolls, maki sushi rolls. You can also enjoy Lebanese Arak wine or Japanese sake wine.
Que Pasa Bar & Bristo
Que Pasa Bar & Bristo sits amidst the serene Karen Shopping Centre, where rustic glam plays out synchronously with the thrills of modernity. This property has a certain uniqueness that has made it a favourite not only to Karen locals but to visitors too.
A thrilling array of earth colours characterizes the general theme. The décor is a subtle and elaborate mishmash of browns, tans, oranges and a modest touch of red here and there. Within the dining area, photo and painting exhibitions are running every two to three weeks. The exhibitions are not only a favourite but a great platform for local and international artists to showcase their works.
Que Pasa was converted from an old shop to its present structure. It is small and cosy with tables well-spaced. The ambience is admirable and cosy. The bar has sliding doors that open unto the street. A good number of antique chandeliers hang from the high ceilings while bare mazera stone walls and tiled floors accentuate the basic charm. There is a cushy lounge spot on top of the dining area.
Although it has a touch of sophistication, Que Pasa is easy going and not too formal. Apart from their continental and Italian cuisine dishes, Que Pasa is also famous for its wood-fired pizzas. The pizza oven churns out a tasty array of pizza every day with handmade dough baked early morning until late into the night.
There is a fixed menu with simple and delectable dishes ranging from steak, fish dishes to gourmet pasta bowls all served up on candlelit wooden tables. You might want to try out the pasta where you chose from a selection of spaghetti, tagliatelle or penne with any sauce of your liking.
The bar offers an array of drinks including local beers, some brands of Belgian beer and tapped big five brewery beer kegs. The wine list is extensive with a good offering of whites, reds, rose, sparkling and champagne. There is also a tapas menu with delicious bitings such as Calamares Andazulla- fried and grilled calamari or Solomillo Oporto beef fillet- beef fillet with port wine sauce on a toast.
On Fridays and Saturdays, the chilled-out mood ups to a groovy one with a DJ with a party atmosphere. Occasionally Que Pasa hosts live bands of local and international artists. Que Pasa also offers food delivery service.
Located at Capital Centre along Mombasa Road, Zebra Lounge easily exudes sophistication. It is a great place to unwind if you work along Mombasa, or just arrived Nairobi from abroad to relax and unwind as you wait for the traffic to subside or relax before checking into your hotel. You will enjoy a wide range of drinks and some of the best grills in town. It has a great ambience with efficient and friendly staff
Mystique Gardens is situated in a serene environment offering a country atmosphere in the heart of Westlands. Besides a tantalizing Indian cuisine, it offers a multi-cuisine restaurant that offers Chinese and continental cuisine. The barbeque gardens offer delicious Nyama choma and Tandoori grilled barbeque in a garden setting.
This also includes a bar, lounge and outside catering services. They also offer bandas a self-cook out where you can cook in comfort and style. It is a great place to celebrate events such as weddings and staff parties. There are a fully stocked bar and a private lounge for business or leisure.
The Jolly Roger Theme Park and Restaurant
This private theme park is situated along Langata road next to Mamba Village. It is an amazing place for families. If you have energetic toddlers, this is the place to take them. The five-acre land allows for plenty of activities. There are helpers available to mind the children. Activities available include face-painting, swimming, sandpit. You can also have a go at fishing at the pond which is an opportunity to bond with your children.
The compound has lots to offer and the facilities are well supervised to keep children entertained and parents a chance to relax. There is a selection of activities for people of all ages. There are huge bouncing castles, swimming pool, water slides and the favourite giant croc where your children can crawl into through the mouth and play on top of it. There is a small restaurant with an American style menu. There is also a place to relax with beach settees under canvas tents.
CJ’s is a restaurant located on Koinange Street in Nairobi’s Central Business District. The restaurant has a beautiful ambience, setting and décor. Very packed during peak meal hours of 12 pm to 3 pm daily. The staff here are efficient as orders take less than 5 minutes to arrive.
One thing that stands out is the generous food serving portions. Their menu is a mixture of various delicacies from around the world. From American, Italian to Mexican prepared dishes. There is also a diverse drinks menu ranging from smoothies, milkshakes and cocktails.
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