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: “Noma Caffe”, that name has been popping up in my Swarm notifications for the longest time, with many of my friends checking in ever so often. I finally found the place, located on Banda Street of Koinange Street, with the entrance being in an alley-looking lane. Admittedly the entrance could be better placed and I’m sure they don’t get as many clients as the ubiquitous Java because of it. Enough with the hating, once you get inside the restaurant, it looks pretty good, got that coffee shop look with the booths and that ohh so lovely smell of fresh brewed coffee 🙂 .
To the food…We had the biriani and the arosto…The waiter was quite friendly and recommended the Arosto, which, well…wasn’t the best I have had but was pretty decent, the biriani was good too, though Al-Yusra do better on both dishes(of course IMHO).
Verdict: A place I will definitely frequent probably for the coffee or juice, ahh, yes, the juice…try tree tomato juice, mixed with passion or mango… freaking awesome!
Desc: Biriani and Arosto served with Veg rice
Price: Approx Ksh. 500 per meal, about Ksh.200 for juice
Location: Noma Cafe, Banda Street, Nairobi CBD (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: Saape is a bar and restaurant located in the CBD, they also have a branch at the TRM Mall. They both look pretty posh and you get to enjoy the food while sipping on a few brewskies. The service was fine, nothing to complain about and the food was served in good time. I usually don’t go to the same restaurant twice and order the same meal, but the Fish at Saape is the exception to this rule, simply put, its was exemplary. Try it out and wash it down with your favourite drink…Oh yea, the Chicken was great too, but the fish…A1
Desc: English style fish served with Fries & Chinese Stir Fry Chicken with Noodles
Price: English Style Fish: Ksh.600, Chinese Stir fry Chicken: Ksh.700
Location: Saape, Koinange Street, CBD (View on Map)
My Take: Did not have much time to try out something fancy in their menu, ordered this quick meal, and it was not disappointing
Desc: Masala Fries
Price: Avg: Ksh.250
Location: Cafe Helena, opp City Hall, Mama Ngina Street,CBD (View on Map)
My Take: I liked my first visit to Valley coffee shake, the coconut curry fish was really good. My second time wasn’t so great, the chicken was tough and a bit too oily for me… maybe I caught the chef on a bad day? 😦 I’ll still visit another time, its still one of the best places to hang out in the CBD
Desc: Fries, Mixed meat Grill with fries
Location: Valley Coffee Shake (View on Map)