Ugali na Nyama @Road House Karen

My Take: I’ll admit my first impression of the place wasn’t that good, I thought it looked rather ‘local’ for a joint in Karen. When I was first told about Road House Karen, I had pictured something totally different. Something similar to Pamba, Fogo Gaucho or those other Brazilian steak houses. Don’t get me wrong, am not hating on the place, I actually did ended up enjoying my time there, just that I had initially envisioned something different. Now, to the food…I cannot remember a place where I’ve had Choma done that good!! Most places are over-hyped and serve more bones than meat, or serve those nasty, fatty cuts of meat, but no, not this place. Both the Choma and the Beef Fry were 💯 ‘magnifique’ , hands down the best meat I’ve had this year. The drinks are also really affordable – local beers going for about Ksh.180 ✅ ✅ . I actually dare  anyone to find a cheaper joint in Karen. Had a good time and enjoyed the food, a very nice place for hanging out with the boys for Choma and drinks

Location: Darosa Plaza, Karen Road (View on Map)

Koroga Chicken @Nyumbani Restaurant

My Take: If you like Koroga chicken as much as my friend, Jude, then you’ve got to try it at Nyumbani Restaurant. It’s located in Kilimani in a nice, quiet, secluded neighbourhood. An ideal place for a family lunch, they’ve got a kiddie area, a nice big screen TV for the football fans and you can enjoy some nice, smooth, jazzy music from Dotty and the Hashtag band on Sunday afternoons.

Location: Off Ole Dume Road, Kilimani (View on Map)

Lunch @The Afghan, The Hub

My Take: I love the name, The Afghan, how did they even come up with that for a restaurant name? When most people think Afghanistan, bombs and Osama come to mind, not restaurant. It’s a unique name, and be-fitting as well, they have Afghani cuisine. The ‘restaurant’ is located at The Hub, Karen, I used the quotes because it’s a food court really, not your usual restaurant. They share the court space with a Chinese place and I believe a few others have opened up. From the food court, you get a nice view of The Hub’s ‘backyard’ which has beautiful landscaping. Oh, the food, can’t recall exactly what we had…Rice, Naan, some Afghani Chicken – I think

Location: The Hub, Karen (View on Map)

 

Hard Rock Cafe, Nigeria

My Take: One of the very first joints I visited during my stay in Lagos was Hard Rock Cafe. I’ve heard so many references about this American Restaurant, I was super excited to check it out. I loved the restaurant theme with the Rock and Roll Memorabilia hanging on the walls. I especially loved the outdoor area, that’s adjacent to the beach, over looking the Atlantic Ocean. Very nice place to soak up the sun and enjoy a nice cold beer. They occasionally invite guest Djs on Weekend nights and the place get’s lit 🔥. Definitely a  must visit when in Nigeria.

Location: Victoria island, Lagos (View on Map)

Lunch @ Artisan Restaurant, Sankara

My Take: Wifey hooked us up with a complimentary lunch for 2 at the Artisan Restaurant, Sankara! Located at the heart of Westlands, The Sankara hotel is known for it’s class and 5 star service, our experience there confirmed this. The Restaurant is on the ground floor and has a cosy outdoor setting with a somewhat formal atmosphere. I was fascinated by the high quality cutlery, which looked antique-like (almost made away with a spoon or two 👀 ). We had the mutton rogan gosh with naan and Chicken Tikka with Rice, all which was top-notch! The service, as expected, was also excellent. We sadly didn’t get a chance to visit the roof-top bar, which I hear has a exquisite view of Nairobi city, but that’s on my 2017 to-do list.

Location: Woodvale Groove, Westlands, Nairobi (View on Map)

Mashed Potatoes & Chicken Curry @Uptown

My Take: UpTown Grill located on Kilimani Road comes alive on Friday Nights with good music and provides a nice place for an after-work hang-out. It’s known for it’s wide selection of Matured Whiskey and I personally think quite a lot of creativity was put into its  interior decor. It also has a nice balcony setting where you can get to enjoy a drink or a smoke…they also serve up some great meals.

Desc: Mashed Potatoes and Chicken Curry

Location: Kilimani Road (View on Map)

Buffalo Wings @Slims Restaurant

My Take: Most people know Slim’s restaurant for their signature buffalo wings which are apparently a big deal. The Mrs and I went there on a Tuesday night (for the live band, The HashTag Band 👌, every Tuesday from 8pm) and just had to try these wings. Uhmmm…I don’t know whether it was an off night for the chef, but didn’t really feel the wings – there were a tad-bit too tangy for me, like there was too much vinegar, or may be that just how they make them… Well, you could give it a try yourself, you might like it, but personally – meh! I prefer the wings at ArtCaffe. I did enjoy the cold beer though 🙂

PS: Check out Dotty and The HashTag Band every Tuesday at Slims for awesome Jazz music

Location: Lenana Road, Kilimani (View on Map)