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’ve been to “Tea Spot”, that coffee/tea place that used to be on Koinange street, well, it’s no longer there. In it’s place, Artlantis. I like the name, sounds so posh and rolls off the tongue quite nicely, especially for those who picked up an american accent over-night without ever leaving the country.
Artlantis is an awesome place to chill, its a coffee house (and the city has sooo many of them these days) with the couch booths and all. Makes for a great place for a casual or even professional..ish hangout.
I especially love the lighting, kinda subtle, not blinding like what you’d find at some fast food joints around town (you honestly need your stunnaz on to enter some of these joints). Like most coffee houses in town, the food is…uhmmm…I’d like to say average, but that would come-off like a bad thing. The food is actually really good – like really, though nothing soooo mind-blowingly awesome that you’ll one day tell your grand children about, but good enough that you’ll visit the place again. Average – the good kind.
Desc: Fries and Chicken wings, Rice and Fish Curry
Price: Approx Ksh. 600 per meal, about Ksh.200 for juice
Location: Artlantis, Koinange Street, Nairobi CBD (View on Map)
My Take: If you’ve been to the Stanley, then you know that they take pride in their history. I love the way everything from their furniture, wall hangings, cutlery look antique, well…apart from the state of the art security system at the Valet. Thorn tree restaurant is on the ground floor, it has a nice outdoor..ish area with an actual thorn tree growing in the middle of the restaurant. Although its located in the CBD, they’ve tried to give the place a serene feeling, if you can ignore the honking of matatus on the street outside. The service, as expected was top notch and so was the food, the marinated red snapper on creamed spinach was delicious and the portion was filling, something I did not expect. I liked the place so much, I decided I’d eat there more often…until I saw the prices on their regular A la carte menu 😮 … maybe I’ll try once a year.
Desc: Starter: Avocado and mango torte with a tangy mint dressing. Main: Lime and dill marinated red snapper on creamed spinach served with Fried rosemary potatoes and tomato caper sauce
Price: Ksh. 1500 for a 2 course lunch (#NRW2015 Price)
Location: Thorn Tree, Sarova Stanley, Nairobi CBD,(View on Map)
My Take: So finally I get around to writing this post. Adega was my first stop for this year’s Nairobi Restaurant Week, well, thats not entirely true, I went to Talisman and Tamambo Blixen only to find that they were fully booked for the weekend :(. On the bright side though, I’ve finally learnt to make reservations, the element of surprise doesn’t really work great when it comes to restaurant. Now, on to Adega, the restaurant has really good ambience, they have a nice outdoor area that gives you a view of the suburban surrounding. For those of you who have kids, you’ll love the kids’ corner/play pen (whatever they are called). The service was good, can’t complain…the portions were generous as you can tell from the pics, and the food was delicious too – only one problem though, for a Portuguese restaurant, the food is not very Portuguese-y, I did not get a hint of any foreign flavours. I’d visit Adega again it was a good experience.
Desc: Starter: Chicken Rissoles;Prawn rissoles. Main: spring chicken marinated in true Mozambican fashion; Grilled Tilapia with rice.
Price: Ksh. 1500 for a 2 course lunch (#NRW2015 Price)
Location: Adega, Lavington Curve (View on Map)
My Take: If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you may know that one of the reasons I love Java Coffee House is the service, always exceptional!! The ambiance at every Java Coffee House is also very tasteful (IMO) and gives a homely feel – well, if you can ignore the chatter from the random people around you. On this Sunday, I was out for lunch with the 2 most important ladies in my life, my Mom and the lovely B aka Mrs. Me, we had a great time at Java, The Junction. I had the lamu fish – Best I’ve had so far, B had the chicken wings ( I withhold any comment on the wings, the portion was just laughable), Mom had the English-style fish, which was pretty good (I’ll review it once I’ve tried it myself, though the one served at Saape is great, check out the review here)… Try out the Lamu fish, you’ll love it!
Desc: Fish cooked in coconut served with rice and salsa
Price: Lamu Coconut Fish: Ksh. 800 (approx)
Location: Java Coffee House, The Junction (View on Map)
My Take: On a random Friday my pal, @akajaymo decided to finally buy lunch for three( I was the third wheel, but where there’s free food, I am sure to follow 😉 )….after getting over the shock, I thought it would be the best time to go back to a place I haven’t been to for a long time, Valley Coffee Shake. I love this place mainly because of its balcony space on the 3rd floor of Yala towers, nice view of the city and the ambiance is great too. We decided to go Mexican with a Chicken Barrito and Grilled Chicken Fajita and Lamu Coconut Fish (the fail-safe). Our waiter, Veroh was a delight, we got our meal served in good time and enjoyed it to the last bite…
Desc: Fish cooked in coconut and curry (not too spicy), the fruit salad is served with yoghurt and nuts
Price: Chicken Burrito: Ksh. 680, Lamu Coconut Fish: Ksh. 740, Grilled Chicken Fajitas: Ksh. 700
Location: Valley Coffee Shake, Yala Towers, Nairobi CBD (View on Map)
My Take: Its surprising even to me that I have taken this long to post anything from Silverpool restaurant. I restaurant located literally located less than 50 meters from my work place. The place is not very busy, which for me is a good thing – the service is fast. The chef who is my name sake 😉 makes really good pork chops and everything else on the menu is always well done. I had fish fillet on this day and it was not disappointing, twas crispy, yet soft and rich with flavour. Enjoyed it while watching an episode of South Park on my laptop seated outside (read bliss!)
Desc: Fish Fillet, Rice and Veg
Price: Ksh. 380
Location: Silverpool Restuarant, Hurlingham (View on Map)