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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
My Take: Ugali is considered to be the ultimate Kenyan dish, served with meat and vegetables, some would call it the staple food of Kenyans. One of the best places to enjoy Ugali, especially with fish and traditional vegetables is undoubtedly Ronalo’s restaurant located in the heart of the Nairobi CBD. Its famous for its tasty fish and generous quantities.
Location: Kimathi Street, Nairobi. (View on Map)
My Take: If you like a restaurant overlooking water, then you’ll love the outdoor setting of Lagoon restaurant. It has a nice view as you look across the Lagos Lagoon to Lagos Island especially at night. They have a variety of cuisine on their menu, mostly international, but also have local food available. We ordered some indian food – cant recall specifically which food, but there was Naan and some chicken. Also had some Chinese – Cashew nut chicken and fried rice and an assorted meat platter. The food was really good, and the quantities generous (No time did I complain about the portions in Nigeria). A nice place to take a date or to chill out on a hot sunny day.
Location: Victoria Island, Nigeria (View on Map)