Joined In Nov 2020
Urban Gourmet’s Crazy Monday’s 2 burgers for Kshs.990 is such a steal of a deal. The offer is a sit in only offer for two burgers for the price of one .They have a three category burger list to choose from. 1. Beef burgers (7 flavors ) 2. Chicken burgers (3 flavors) , 3. Veggie burgers (2 flavors), all which are served with chips or onion rings and a fresh salad. I have tried out all Urban Gourmet’s burger flavors and three of the 12 burger flavors are my absolute fave. 1) Chili Beef burger which is made up of Prime beef patty with garlic mayo, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickle and homemade chili sauce 2) Santa Fe Beef burger made of prime beef patty with guacamole, jalapeno peppers and tomatoes 3) Grilled chicken served with fresh lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles. These burgers are thick, juicy, and all the ingredients come together pleasantly to bring forth big, sloppy, juicy and particularly satisfying burgers.
The Wineshop is a hidden wine bar and café located in the heart of Loresho. The wine bar is set up in an old Tudor Style home that is nothing short of relaxing ambience, quick and attentive service, tasty biting, freshly prepared food and affordable bottles of wine for every occasion, every food pairing and any wine lover out here. The café main décor is old and refurbished bottles of wine, grape vines artwork and a collection of wine corks, truly a wine shop. FOOD: - Their food menu is extensive, from cold cuts and cheese platters, dip and mezze plates, wine bites, to-share bites, pizza, pasta, burgers, soup and salads and sweet dessert items. All which range from (Kshs.150 - Kshs.6500). Fire Grill Aubergine Dip (Kshs.450) Flame roasted aubergine and garlic served with a local Kenyan Natural Yoghurt. Topped with roasted cumin seeds and mint. The dip is a smooth, creamy and smoky flavored deliciousness that was complimented with the roasted sesame and cumin seeds. Hot Spinach Dip (Kshs.450) A blend of local Grown Kenyan Spinach with 3 types of cheese (parmesan, mozzarella and cream cheese) and white wine. This was a full fat cheesy goodness that I’ll forever have when I go to The Wineshop. WINE: - Their wines range from (Kshs. 710- Kshs.9500) We had a well-chilled Perdeberg Soft Rose (Kshs. 1395/=), which our waiter recommended as a perfect pairing for our appetizers. It’s a bright pink colored drink with hints of fresh berries, cherries and is sweet with a smooth finish. The staff are keen to serve you and very knowledgeable in their wide wine selection and will walk you through the experience of the origin of the wine and help in choosing wines perfect for the occasion. Loved it here.
Baobox’s concept of the novelty of playing games and creating a space where people hangout , fine dine and rediscover fun outside technology sets Baobox apart from other eateries in a very unique and profound way. Baobox is a rooftop restaurant with hip and cozy atmosphere that drives you into comfort once you step inside, an embodiment of stylish , colorful and chic interior décor , wide-ranging food items and of course a decent selection of board games to double the fun. BOARDGAMES :- The board games range from old classics to new card games .They are categorized according to age groups and according to the difficulty level of playing . Each game costs Kshs. 1000 for the whole table for as long as you are there or until claims time. The caveat is that only one game is allowed per table to avoid hogging of games. I got to play 50-50 Kenyan Board Game, it’s an exciting , entertaining , fast-paced, word guessing game that celebrates over 50 years of Kenya’s culture .It focuses on our beautiful country, historical figures our people, interesting places, Kenyan events etc. It’s a fun way to relive memories of our country and remind us of people who have made impact to Kenya. FOOD: - Baobox offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and bitings. (Ranging from Kshs.200 – Kshs.2500). I got myself the All-American breakfast which consists of two eggs made to your preference, beef bacon, beef sausages, baked beans, grilled tomato, salted fries, sautéed mushrooms and buttered toast and hot chocolate. The space and seating arrangement is made in a way to accommodate all kinds of groups from two people to large group seating. There are couches and tables fit for large groups and spacious room to walk around. The service is fast and efficient and at least you can be patient waiting for your food as you engage in playing games and socializing with your people. It’s the sitting at the rooftop, being overly competitive and basking in the morning sun as I treat myself to a rich filling breakfast for me.
I bet most if not all food lovers and spicy food lovers have West African Cuisine on their cultural cuisine exploration list. Personally, I would love to visit Ghana, watch them prepare their meals from scratch and eat everything I can possibly get my hands on. For now, the nearest I can get to West African food is Mama Ashanti. Mama Ashanti is located at Lavington Nairobi, nestled in a large pleasant garden setting, engulfed wholly in chilled family and corporate meeting vibes. They have a wide range of starters, soups and grills all which are prepared using imported West African ingredients and spices, so each meal is cooked to order and freshly prepared. Mama Ashanti prepare Nigerian and Ghanaian home cooked meals with a modern twist at an affordable and reasonable price. FOOD: - (Price range from Kshs. 250 – Kshs.2000) 1. Whole Grilled Fish boneless (Kshs.1750) Fresh boneless tilapia fish marinated in Ashanti Sauce, charcoal grilled and served with fresh kachumbari. This was well cooked, juicy and perfectly marinated. 2. Quarter grilled chicken (Kshs. 800) marinated in Ashanti sauce then charcoal grilled served with kachumbari. 3. Fried plantain (Kshs.650), diced and deep fried plain plantain. Mama Ashanti serve up the best plantain I’ve ever tasted.
Chez Sonia located in the lush, fresh-aired and tranquil Peponi Road is an interestingly furnished and cute spot that was converted from a private home into a lovely wine bar . It’s a charming, tranquil and cozy spot to sit, relax, fine dine and sip on some of the best delicious wines that only Chez Sonia prides themselves in. The space is a combination of indoor seating and outdoor garden sitting. The inside seating is made up of open space and private rooms. Each room is uniquely named and uniquely furnished, I however didn’t get the chance to get inside so I’ll shade light on the outdoor seating. The garden seating area has cute furniture, on the tables are fresh flowers, artsy coasters and miniature table dolls, appealing 2.endo ‘aura of the self ‘pillow on the seats and impeccable art work hanging on the green, leafy trees. The tables are nicely spaced out which allows for intimate privacy .I loved being hit by the sun, listening to the birds chirp as I sipped slowly at my cold glass of Pinot. FOOD: - (The Food Menu ranges from Kshs.500 – Kshs. 3500) I had the; 1. Parrot Fish Meuniere (lemon &butter sauce served with potatoes wedges.) (Kshs. 1500/=), the parrot fish is a unique flavor, similar to the other fish but a little bit more meaty. The marinade and butter sauce sip through easily to enhance the flavor. The wedges were thick, crispy on the outside and warm and soft in the inside. 2. Artisanal Dumplings in Lamb and Bok choi (5 pieces) (Kshs.750/=), the lamb filing was rich and juicy and that dip in soy sauce stole the show. These dumplings were too delicious but felt so tiny. WINE: - (The wine selection per glass ranges from Kshs.500- Kshs. 1800) 1. Cave de Tain – Premieres Notes Syrah –AOC (Kshs.600 per glass). Freshness in a glass, this dry wine is delicious with berry fruity undertones. It paired perfectly with the baked fresh parrotfish. 2. Inycon-Pinot Grigio (Kshs. 600 per glass). This is a Southern Italy White Dry wine that has citrus notes, it went so well with the dumplings. Chez Sonia is a great spot to unwind after work or a cozy hangout with your loved ones over wine.
Modern café with a chic décor, a touch of home interior with healthy indoor plants and motivational quotes and artistic encouraging wordings on the walls. It’s stunningly decorated, spacious and the different dining sections are all uniquely curated which makes the whole place warm to chill at. FOOD: - ( Food items range from Kshs.300 – Kshs.1500 ) They have an extensive menu, with so many options to choose from which makes it somewhat hard to settle on what to have as every food item description is captivating . I visited Coffee Casa on a Friday, where they have a BOGOF for their burgers, so I settled on trying out their burger. The burgers range from (Kshs. 700 – Kshs.1500) I ordered the crunchy chicken burger which is 950 and it came with the prime beef burger .The chicken burger description on the menu was crunchy and succulent chicken breast with sweet slaw , casa sauce served with fries and salad and man was I so so disappointed. The chicken was overcooked, far from being succulent and the spice rub on top was burnt. The burger buns were old and dry. There was something off about the fries too .The only fresh items on my plate were the salad, the veggies in the burger and the sauce. Requested the waiter to have our meals done again and he came back having microwaved the food which made it drier than before and then he disappeared. We kept reaching out to the other staff but no one was willing to give us a listening ear. So we sulked and ate what we could.
Mama Rocks is not your stereotypical restaurant, it’s designed in a way that focuses on putting them on a higher plane, a higher vibration if I may. Mama rocks is different , they’ve created a lively street food scene that is groovy , hip, hype , with the right amount of color playfulness, bubbly personnel and intoxicatingly delicious food. FOOD :- (Price range from Kshs.130 to Kshs. 1100) Mama Rocks serve handcrafted African Gourmet burgers , wings, fries , milkshakes and sweet treats that are unique creations made with utmost love. Samantha and Natalie (the sisters behind Mama Rocks) have an incredible twist to African inspired food and inimitable flavors that you can only experience in their hands ,only. The Mango Masai mama burger (Kshs.950/=) is hands down my favorite burger. A prime cut grilled beef patty topped with a healthy kick of chili mango mayonnaise, orange cheddar cheese, mixed salad, homemade gherkins and a slice of sweet roasted red bell pepper served with standard potato fries , a sauce of your choice and of course a whole lot of love . I had my burger with the Only the Brave Hot Sauce (Kshs.50) which is a hot yet gratifying pepper sauce that took the flavors over the moon. SERVICE: - Everyone at Mama Rocks is jolly, happy and the general feel of the place is just right and very calming. Fast and personal service, with attentive team that ensure you’re enjoying every bit of being in their hype space. Eating from Mama Rocks means you’ll never have to settle for any other burger. I HIGHLY recommend them, in a heartbeat.
Elbbin and Nibble are pocket sized healthy snacks that are the newest craze in town .They are baked potato and multigrain snacks that are locally sourced , made and produced, how cool is that ? They stock up three types of snacks, the multigrain wavy chips, the potato sticks and multigrain snacks. I got to sample all their current flavors at once and I’m not ashamed to say I devoured them in one sitting, so soo delectable that a nibble is truly never enough. You just be biting and getting elevated by how flavorsome they are you don’t even realize that you are seven packs down in the first 15 minutes of binging a 7 season series. The great gospel is that you can munch and enjoy as many as you’d love guilt free and worry free. There’s no doubt that they taste healthy too. PACKS:- Elbbin and Nibble have 7 snack packs; 1.) Salt and vinegar chipsticks, baked in sea salt and vinegar, these chipsticks really do stand tall, graceful and proudly at it. I’m not a big fan of salt and vinegar coz somehow the vinegar jumps into the wrestling ring with my tongue and Ion like that ,, but since sharing is caring and I’m big on sharing (lol) this was the only flavor I was willing to share . 2.) Smooth Nacho Cheese, the cheesy and creamy texture as you chew on that chew is too die for, trust me. It’s so smooth in winning your stomach and taste buds for reals. This are my second fave. 3.) Rich Milk Chocolate, these are crunchy little square shells filled with a rich satin and smooth milk chocolate center. This is my NUMBER ONE favorite flavor. Little squares of ultimate joy is what I’d love to describe them, crunchy till the middle part where the milk chocolate gracefully melts in your mouth and melts your heart, SO SOOO GOOD!!!! 4.) Flame Grilled Cheese Burger, I had a different expectation of how this would taste, I imagined a grilled meat patty taste but it was a bit different but delicious nonetheless. 5.) Tomato Ketchup pack, the sticks were crisp (but airy) with a sweet and tangy flavor .They are such a treat for ketchup lovers. 6.) Fiery Chili and Zesty Lemon multigrain, with the right amount of heat and citrus taste, this was an enjoyable pack. 7.) Smoky barbeque sauce multigrain wavy chips, this pack is full of natural yumminess grain chips that are seasoned with smoky bbq sauce goodness. The flavor is intensely delicious and you can taste how much effort and love was put in making this. Elbbin went all in with the packaging, flamboyant, stylish and high quality. I had to fight off the urge to fold the packaging (s) and keep them just coz I could I thoroughly enjoyed snacking on these packs, especially the Milk Chocolate multigrain snack, highly recommend it. Elbbin and Nibble is accurately the crunchiest, tastiest and freaking delightful snacks yet, get on the wave.
BARKA RESTAUARANT. Straight up the best chicken biryani and chicken tikka I’ve ever had. Their pocket friendly, simple yet so tasty Swahili Dishes puts them on top of the list of places one ought to visit while in Mombasa. They open from 6am till late, so there’s enough time to sit and try out as many food items as you would like as their affordability allows it. Barka Restaurant, a popular food stop in Mombasa that is accessibly located to cater for your Swahili food cravings, hot and fresh breakfast and a quick filling lunch. They offer a vast buffet style Swahili breakfast and variety of tasty Swahili dishes that leave you oh-so satisfied and yearning to be back whenever hunger strikes. LOCATION: - Barka Restaurant is located in Old Town Mombasa at the CBD, just behind Posta near the Central Police Station. It’s easy to locate and easy to get drawn inside as they have an outside shawarma setup with the most tantalizing looking and gratifying shawarmas, freshly prepared on order. DÉCOR: - Barka has a simple interior, a mixture of casual Swahili African and Middle Eastern interior that’s so modest. FOOD: - Their food items range from as little as (Kshs.50 to Kshs. 550). Barka have one of the very few affordable menus with an extensive list of homemade dishes. Breakfast: - I got to visit Barka and experience their buffet style breakfast and lunch. For breakfast I had their beef samosa (Kshs. 80), beef kebab (Kshs.80), mitais (Kshs. 10 per piece), viazi rojo (Kshs.80), katless (Kshs. 80 per piece), and mofa (Kshs.30) and milk tea (Kshs.50). The mitais and the mofa did stand out for me, the mitais are mandazis coated with powdered sugar mixed with coconut shavings and whew these were so delicious, I’ve never stopped thinking about them. Mofa is a scone like tea item that’s made from uji (porridge) flour so I had quite a time trying to register the taste as I’m more accustomed to uji. For lunch: - We had the chicken biryani (Kshs. 550) and beef pilau (Kshs.550) and tikka chicken (Kshs.350). All simple, scrumptious and let me tell you about those portions, such great value for your money and of course stomach. DRINKS :- (Kshs.155 each) we had freshly blended fruit juice as we sat there with our itis dragging us into that food coma sleep. The mango and passion juice were perfectly made, plain fruity vibes with no added sugar or syrup . Barka is an unavoidable stop , and quite irresistible due to the palatable meals and reasonable pricing they pride themselves in.
Zucchini Ltd is the epitome of garden fresh, freshest of ingredients, ripest of fruits, succulent and healthy veggies, warm and fresh baked goodies, freshly squeezed juice bar and a well-stocked salad bar. It’s a health food store that you can grocery shop all your essential fresh produce, grab a quick bite from the hot food station, sip on some tasty and healthy fruit and veggie drinks, watch and drool at the live bakery or find fascinating snacks to try out as they are always solid with new and quite exciting snacks and biting. Their broad partnerships with local brands has them equipped with variety of products which means they literally have something for everyone and also fully fitted out to cater for your different needs. Zucchini’s hot food station is my favorite stop over when I need a little pick me up. I adore their classic falafel in pita bread so much. The pita bread is loaded with hummus, baba ganoush, falafel balls, red cabbage and is served with a side of yummy dips. I HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND trying this out, a banger for sure and no disappointments whatsoever. The reasonable prices, ample sitting area, quick and efficient service, and delivery services keep them on top of their game. They have variety of offers available in-store and online all through the year and all day every day to cater for customers all through. They have bread offers ; i. Monday: BOGOF on white or brown bread ii. Tuesday: BOGOF on white or brown baguette iii. Wednesday: Buy one get one half price on multigrain dark bread iv. Thursday: BOGOF on white or brown golden loafs Pizza Offers ; i. Buy 2 large pizzas for KES 1,000 everyday! Coffee Offer; i. 99/- single coffee offer for the whole year in 2021 To add on they do have an online website where you can order from the comfort of your home and get your doorstep deliveries across town .
A hero comic book inspired and themed restaurant housed at the 9th floor ( rooftop) of Trademark Hotel in Village Market with the best Nairobi skyline views , unique flavor combinations, creative take on food and drinks and alluring decor features. They describe themselves as an ‘eatery at the intersection of design, fantasy, indulgence and individuality’, and true to that the comic theme is seamlessly translated into the menu, the food, the drinks and the vibes they emanate. FOOD;- (Price range Kshs.700 – Kshs.2400) Their comic book menu is such an exciting and awesome touch, with an interesting mix of modern Asian fusion foods all ranging from small plates to charcoal grill plates all artistically plated . For starters we had 1) White miso soup (Kshs. 900):- soy braised pork belly, sweet red chili, root vegetables and daikon. This was hot, spicy and the perfect soup to kick off a fine dining experience. 2) Crab and Lobster Maki(Kshs.1100), :- fresh crab, avocado, glazed lobster tempura, mango gel, passion fruit and soy glaze, so fresh and a creative combination of flavors that went so well with each other . 3) Breaded Calamari (Kshs. 900):- , Szechuan pepper, spicy dashi ponzu. Tender on the inside, crispy on the outside and a dip into the spicy dashi ponzu elevated the flavor. Mains:- 1) Red Miso Lamb chops served with spinach tempura, dashi-miso lamb jus (Kshs.1700) 2) Chicken Teriyaki Skewers served with sugar snap salad and peanut sauce (Kshs.1550) 3) Aged Pork Neck Steak(Kshs. 1550) swerved with spicy miso sauce, raw vegetable salad 4) Tugulu Sushi Rolls (Kshs.1700), tempura prawn, fresh crab, spring onion, sugar snaps, mango , soy glaze , avocado All these were good but were lacking a little bit on the flavors, could have been better. DRINKS: - (Price Range Kshs.750- Kshs. 900) Creative, strong and seriously impressive drinks. I highly highly recommend trying out every cocktail on their menu as they are pretty much the it!!! We had 1) Mask of Sorrow (Kshs.750) Jose Cuervo, mango, white wine, basil syrup. 2) Boy Scout Ol Fashion (Kshs. 850), the sequel to the original ‘Old Fashioned’ with Bullet Bourbon 3) Loki’s Cup (Kshs.900) , Tanqueray Gin, bourbon, Martini Rosso, homemade orange bitters 4) Halo Mocktail (Kshs.550), guava, pink blossom iced tea, lime juice, simple syrup, baobab powder. DESSERT: - The desserts were my highlight, unique Kenyan classic ice cream and sorbet flavors all which have a childhood story attached to their creation. 1) Uncle Obama (Kshs.700), banana ice-cream, dried banana, exotic caramel, banana bread, namalaka cream, sourdough chip. 2) Flash Fire (Kshs.550), mango sorbet, chili granita 3) Charlie Brown (Kshs.700) peanut butter ice cream, peanut sponge, raspberry jam, crushed peanuts. The desserts are so delicious, definitely not to be missed on. SERVICE: - Hospitable stuff and attentive to your needs, shout out to Eric for the personal and quick service. Hero is a great spot to unwind with friends as you enjoy the Nairobi views and share different bites of what’s on the menu. Highly recommend booking beforehand and visiting during the weekends as there is a resident DJ, whose mixes are so fire you dance as you chow down and enjoy yourself.
I don't know about you but I love my cocktails strong and Havana’s cocktails are just that. They serve some strong, exotic, and pocket-friendly cocktails. The kind of cocktails that comes to mind when you've had a long day and would love to be knocked off to sleep in a sweet but solid way, the kind that you sip as you catch up with your people, polite drinking that ends up with a few falls, a laughing fit, and memories too dear. COCKTAILS: Havana has a short and manageable cocktail menu. All of which range from Kshs. 400 - Kshs. 700 1.) Long Island (Kshs.650) made of iced tea, tequila, rum, gin, and vodka all carefully balanced to birth this badass cocktail. Long Island is FUN in a long glass, it goes down so well and the first sip sends you straight to the zone. I love to describe it as a ‘cant-walk-straight’ drink. 2.) Pina Colada (Kshs.450) one word for this drink, YUM! It has pineapple juice, rum, and coconut crème all perfectly mixed, it’s so damn good. 3.) Lime Margarita (Kshs.440) margarita, tequila, and lime. Margaritas made with fresh-squeezed lime with all the citrusy aromas and the peppered salt on the rim are just a hit. Highly recommend this drink. Truly and hands down the best cocktails in town.
I visited Mercado Mexican Kitchen and Bar during Nairobi Restaurant Week 2018 edition. Nairobi Restaurant Week is a culinary event that is set in Nairobi with diverse and a number of Nairobi restaurants participating by showcasing the vibrancy of their food and restaurants. All through the week, food lovers are given a chance to enjoy fine dining through customized menus and at affordable prices which is usually at a highly discounted price from the normal prices. So when I found out that Mercado had an NRW lunch menu that was Kshs.1000, the budget student in me had to make my way to Mercado. At the time Mercado was new and was making its way into people’s hearts and well, stomachs ;). Every foodie in my circle of friends and foodies I follow on Instagram had a lot to say about Mercado and I had it on my to-go list, so this was the most perfect time to try out Mercado. DÉCOR: Mercado has a warm and inviting décor, slightly rustic with warm lighting, a modern twist of interior design with a nice kick of vibrant, colorful, and playful Mexican culture. It’s a space curated in a way that you can comfortably hang out the whole day just sipping on wine or their special margaritas as you enjoy the scenic view of the busy Westlands. FOOD: - The mains, Chicken Enchiladas served with chipotle sauce and gratin with cheddar cheese and sour cream. The corn tortilla was crunchy and tasty, the chicken was buttery and juicy and to top it off the chef went hard on the cheddar cheese (the cheese pull was amazing), the filling was so rich and delightfully delicious. I had the salmon especial which was salmon with lentils stew cooked with smoked bacon, tomatoes, and roasted artichokes. This was a well-put meal, carefully executed and beautifully flavored. All the flavors from these ingredients merged so perfectly. However, the portion was too little for this girl with a big stomach, so the party was, you know, short-lived :( . The dessert really showed up though! DESSERT: Aspic de Frutos Rojos, this is gelatin candy made with sweet white wine, red fruits, and mint, served with home-made basil ice-cream. This is an interesting combination and an ice-cream flavor that I never thought existed, it was a creamy, delicate, and completely delicious . It was so damn good. We then ordered house wine to sip as we watched the sunset. Truly a great experience. It’s worth noting that it’s a incredible space for romantic dates as well as for large groups and families with little kids. They have a private dining room for private occasions too. They have a reservation feature which I highly suggest you use as the restaurant gets full quickly. Check them out for a happy hour and taco offers too. PRICE RANGE Food, cake & drink items range from Kshs. 550- Kshs. 3000
Local Grill is undeniably the best steak house I’ve ever been to. All they about and all they offer is absolutely immaculate *Chef’s Kiss*. The ambience, the personnel, the food quality, the cleanliness, the furnishings, the lightning are all laid back and consequently sophisticated. It’s hard not to fall in love with a space equipped with hardwood, black coated industrial metal finishing and healthy potted plants. Local Grill is honorably and truly straight up vibes. The restaurant has three seating areas, an intimate seating, larger group seating, bar seating and a private & closed seating area. So all groups of people with their needs are catered for. FOOD: - Price range (Kshs.300 - Kshs. 5400). I find the pricing great for the food quality, the fast service and the extent into which they give you a complete personal experience. They dwell on customer satisfaction, so their A Game is remarkable to say the least. Their menu caters for variety of meals & extensive food choices. Their wine list is impressive and wide-ranging too. So what I ate;- Starter; - Cubed bread served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar bread dip. The bread was warm, soft and fluffy. Mains; - T-bone Dry Aged (Grain-fed Beef), 500g (Kshs. 3200), and added bone marrow ( Kshs. 300). This steak was medium well, well-seasoned, tender, juicy and grilled to the point of mouthwatering magnificence. It was served with an equally well seasoned bone marrow (YUMMMMMM!!!!), accompanied with a Sweet Potato Mash (Kshs. 350), so creamy, sweet and the texture was just right. (2.) Pork Ribs basted with BBQ Sauce (Kshs. 1500), was prepared to a sheer perfection, served alongside hand-cut crunchy on the outside and soft in the inside Local fries .The ribs were fall of the bone and marinated to the bone. This was so soooo delicious! Local Salad; - local green salad with cheese shavings. Drinks;- The Elephant in the room which is the Elephant Gin with Fitch and Leedes Pink Indian Tonic and berries was sweet and fruity while the Elephant Gin with Fitch and Leedes Indian Tonic with rosemary, lemon and grapefruit was herby and citrusy. SERVICE; - Excellent, quick and personal. Staff are friendly, courteous and very effective. Local Grill is a spot that I highly highly recommend. The ambience is fit for families, business meetings and most importantly romantic interludes. Personally I find it a perfect spot for a date night especially those first dates where you’d love to surprise and leave an impression. Local Grill are keen to give A+ service and A+ quality food which sets them apart from other establishments and this is the reason why I fell deeply in love with them. If you want your taste buds to be in for a treat, then head on to Local Grill. :)
If you’re looking for a restaurant with variety then Urban Eatery is your number one to go to. It’s a well-organized, spotless, and stylish space with energized atmosphere. Urban Eatery is situated in a great location, with elegant décor and open space which allows for proper ventilation and natural lighting to grace the space seamlessly, not forgetting that salivating and enticing whiff of food being prepared from their kitchen which tempts you to order everything off their menu ;-) . They pride themselves in global cuisines by providing a new experience to the food and hospitality field in Nairobi. Trust me when I say you will be spoilt for choice, trust me. They are equipped with 4 different kitchens and a signature bar all with a wide range selection of food and drink items. 1) Chop Nairobi (Grills) is a modern kitchen that serves freestyle comfort food. From breakfast to light bitings and to char-grilled feasts. 2) Chiso (Pan Asian) with the tastes of East Asia 3) The Kitchen (continental & Indian) 4) Barista Co, specialty coffee roasters, and Their newly opened Circles Cocktail Bar which is ready for the Happiest Hours (6 pm-8 pm) with enjoyable cocktails. Food; Price range (Kshs.550 - Kshs. 3000) a) Slow cooked mushroom and beef vegetable stroganoff with basmati pilaf, pickles and sour cream (Kshs.1250) b) Chicken Schnitzel served with apple coleslaw (Kshs.990) The portions might seem small on the plate but they are actually very very filling and tasty. Drinks; Strawberry State of mind Banana Nutella Smoothie. These are hands down the most delectable smoothies and slushies in town. Fresh, filling, and balanced. Service; - Their service is excellent. Right from the reception, you feel very welcomed, the staff are hospitable and up to speed with the menu items. If you are an adventurous eater then Urban Eatery is for you.
Everything about Boho Eatery is a literal work of art. Walking into Boho Eatery is walking into a space that has been curated to be a vessel for the ultimate expression of nature’s beauty! DÉCOR: The sidewalk is lined with beautiful colorful flowers, the rustic building is pleasing to the eye, the unique lighting bulbs in glass, the marble tables that were once tailored tables, the indoor seating filled with potted plants, the outside seating with swing seats, woven table mats, the Boho pillows, the charming decor, the beautifully plated meals, the green private garden, the boho styled washrooms, the relaxed ambiance, and the vibes are all at an A+ good. Everything, I mean, everything is considerately and beautifully executed at Boho Eatery. FOOD: We had the White Cap Brunch hosted by EatOut and White Cap with a special one-time menu on a different day complete with tea and beertails (yes beertails), and lunch (appetizer, main, dessert) and wine on a different day, but for purposes of this review I'll put the two experiences together. We got genmaicha green tea and jasmine green tea, both go for Kshs.200. The tea aftermath felt so refreshing and really uplifted my mood. We then chilled at the relaxing private garden as we waited for our brunch to be ready. The garden was full of families with their friendly fur buddies. I love dogs so much, so knowing that Boho Eatery is dog-friendly is really and truly a plus for me. For brunch, we had Fueling for nelion plate (poached eggs in a buttery croissant and smoked salmon) & Big Breakfast at Batian (pulled beef served with an Indian sauce and apple chutney).These were all exceptionally too good. For drinks we had the Whitecap brewed mango Mary beertail and whitecap strawberry puree beertail. To be honest, I had a different anticipated taste in my head and mouth so the real thing tasted awful , the fresh fruits were really fighting with the beer, like the taste wasn’t pleasant at all, we struggled to drink the beertails and couldn’t drink past the second sip .The garnish on the other hand were fresh fruits and too pretty so yeah , they had to be eaten ;). For my second Boho visit, we had bruschetta as an appetizer which was so light, crisp, and fresh and the zip by the balsamic vinegar made it to die for. Fresh sweet tomatoes, basil, balsamic glaze, and a lovely baked brown bread that was undoubtedly, the best bruschetta I’ve ever had in my life. For the main dishes, we had the Malaysian Laksa Bowl, Pulled beef bliss brisket burger, and Chicken Tacos. I believe all this go for Kshs. 1500 thereabout, each. The Laksa bowl was a bright and flavorful meal served with smooth and spicy coconut broth and fresh crunchy veggies i.e. radish slices, shredded carrots, bean sprouts, chicken bits. The pulled beef burger was served with the best chili sauce ever and was juicy. The chicken tacos were filling but I found the flour coating too thick that the chicken taste disappears. For dessert, we had the coconut chia pudding, choco brownie with one scoop of vanilla ice cream, and fitters. The coconut chia pudding really stood out for me, it was so so good I fail to find the best word to describe how good it was. WINE: We had Berry Bush Rose wine by Bellingham from South Africa. It is a twinkling pink dry wine that is soft and fruity with succulent strawberry and raspberry flavors. It contains 12% alcohol content and it definitely ticks off as a social sipping wine . Boho is a great place, with quality food and prices which I find fair for the quality that is Boho Eatery. Can’t wait to try other items on their menu, for now, if you haven’t, make a trip down to Karen Hardy, you won’t be disappointed.
Fonda Taqueria NBO is a delightful space with super cool personnel. From the owner(s), the head chef to the waiters. You get a personal connection experience while at Fonda. The owner Yash Krishna (a very charming person) and Jay Muchai (manager) will welcome you by educating you on the Mexican Tradition and the history of Fonda. It’s incredible how diverse our life experiences are and I do enjoy listening to people’s experiences and perspectives in life, so listening to Yash on how he founded Fonda was top tier. DÉCOR: - The restaurant captures raw Mexican adornments, full of radiant and calming colors, locally sourced pottery, locally sourced art, bursting with tradition, and chilled ambiance. The restaurant has yellow and blue walls, the blue engulfs you with a sense of calmness and relaxation, the yellow fills you with the same warmth the sunlight streaming through your bedroom window in the morning does. Upon entrance, you’re met with the beautiful art of the legendary Mzee Ojwang. The walls are lined with sugar skull lights, hanging ceramic bowls, a sisal roof, and dried preserved food ingredients. It’s all thoughtfully curated to bring a raw Mexican experience to Nairobi. FOOD:- (Price range Kshs.150-4000) Fonda offers a taste sensation. Flavors all rich, fresh, and authentic. 1. Starter:- Guacamole with freshly made-in-house tortilla chips with Pico de Gallo (kachumbari).The guacamole was so fresh, spicy, and zesty and the tortillas crunchy and impeccably seasoned. 2. Mains: - Mole Poblano with more than 30 ingredients, including chocolate and prepared over 7 days. And Filete De Res (beef fillet with lentils and green beans), these meals were an explosion of savory and flavorful. The portions are however not as filing as one would expect. 3. DRINKS: -Passion Mojito Mexicano and Strawberry Mojito Mexicano, the cocktails were refreshing and highballs for sure. What I love about Fonda the most is the show casing, you can see your food and drinks being prepared, the chef showed us how they make tortillas and taco shells from scratch. I still can’t fathom how similar the Mexican meals are to our Kenyan palate. Like the tortillas are made from maize flour and water (unga ya ugali) and the Picco de Gallo is basically kachumbari. The service is fast, personal, and effective. The waiter was kind enough to take us around all the sections of the restaurant describing every piece of art and of the artists and artisans behind their art and adornments. He was quick to suggest which drinks are their best selling and would check upon us in a pleasant way. Fonda is a hushed and serene restaurant, a nice hangout spot to unwind, with inviting and friendly staff, mellow background music, fresh food, and a memorable experience. I loved my culinary experience at Fonda. It’s well worth a try. They currently have a Special and Bulk Menu which offers you a chance to enjoy their cuisine and drinks at amazing discounted prices. 1) Quesadilla Mondays with 15% off quesadillas all day long 2) Taco Tuesdays, 4 for the price of 3 all day long 3) Margarita Wednesdays 15% off any glass of margarita all day long 4) Enchilada Thursdays at 15% off all enchiladas all day long 5) Cerveza Fridays 15 % off any beer all day 6) Vino Saturdays 15 % off any glass of wine all day long 7) Sweet Sundays 15% off any dessert all day long 8) Fonda Happy Hour from Monday to Sunday 3 pm to 6.30 pm
Live Inn is a modern-day, aesthetically pleasing, and chic restaurant. The space is alluring, with artsy walls and board writings that are great for conversation starters. On their menu is both local and international culinary cuisine, all which are creatively prepared, vibrantly presented, and oh-so-scrumptious. The Head chef, Chef Mercy Fidelis Jerono is a creative master chef. She prepares her meals with the utmost thoughtfulness, love, and care. Every meal is carefully prepared & executed to excellence. Food: - (I recommend visiting Live Inn with Kshs. 3000 pp) for a proper main meal and dessert or drink. I can’t quite remember the names of our meals and their pricing & the fact that they don’t have an online menu is a bummer. But frankly, the food left me with major withdrawals and drool-worthy flashbacks. The steak (Kshs.2000 thereabout) was my absolute favorite. It was flavorful, savory, spicy, and mouthwatering. (I did a small happy dance on my seat when I took the first bite). The thick and juicy steak leaves you yearning for more. The dessert was particularly rich, profuse, and luxurious. The chef really does go all in ensuring you enjoy your meals. Live Inn is ideal for date nights, business meetings, and perfect for evening sundowners. I highly recommend visiting Live Inn for dinner at the indoor seating area as the outdoor area gets too cold for comfort.
Nairobi culinary scene has experienced a major shift in these three years (since 2017). We’ve seen a sprout of new cuisines served all over the city. Spanish Cuisine is one of the foods that “entered the chat”. Among the countable Spanish restaurants in the city, Picazzo is one that I got to visit. DÉCOR: Picazzo is a modern contemporary Spanish restaurant with an industrial style interior, ample balcony seating, lovely and flamboyant art, and wall paintings. It’s a cozy place with a stunning and tranquil ambiance. FOOD: Price range (Kshs.600- Kshs. 4000) Starters; - Grill Caesar Salad (Kshs. 900/=), roast chicken, smoked beef flakes and bread croutons, and Chicken Croquetas (750/=). Mains: - Beef Fillet grilled to a personal preference and served with a side of your choice. (1750/=) and Lamb Shack served with truffle mash (1750/=) All these foods were strikingly & beautifully plated and they smelled so enchanting but the flavor was average and disappointing. No significant flavors or memorable taste which I understood as they were quite new in the market and they were probably setting in and finding what works for them. DESSERT: Churros served with hot chocolate sauce (650/=). The churros were fresh, crispy, and golden, dusted with the perfect amount of icing sugar. They were served with a chocolate sauce which was basically melted chocolate. As soon as the sauce was set on the table, it solidified. I requested the waiter to bring me another sauce and he brought the same one so I had to take away the churros and enjoy them fully at home. Carrot cake slice (650/=), this was so yummy, so moist and the cream cheese icing melted effortlessly. DRINKS: White and Red Sangria. These were too sweet and tasted like they had a sweet syrup added to it which made it so hard to enjoy. SERVICE: Service was average, the waiter was fully present for a few minutes and then disappeared for a long time, and getting another waiter or waitresses was hard by itself as they were busy with other tables. We had to wait for so long before being served. I’ll be visiting them again for another experience and of course to try out their paella.
No meal is quite complete without something decadent and indulgent. About Thyme’s signature dessert and their most famous wicked indulgence is their irresistible Sticky Date Pudding, an old-fashioned sticky date pudding served piping hot, smothered with thick toffee sauce with walnuts & a scoop of vanilla ice-cream (Kshs. 750/=). With just the right amount of sticky sauce, date flavor which is not over the top, and a dollop of cold creamy vanilla ice-cream, this has to be my all-time favorite dessert. The hot and cold combo is to die for, however, this dessert is not something I’d have all the time as it's quite sweet but for an occasional treat it’s perfect. 2.) Salted Caramel Banana Popcorn Sundae served in a decorative, sharing sized sundae glass. This decadent sundae delivers the best of salty, sweet, creamy, and crunchy all in one bowl. It’s a sweet, salty concoction of vanilla ice-cream, salted caramel sauce, fresh bananas, and caramel popcorn (Kshs. 750/=). So delightful. 3.) Burnt Orange Bread & Butter Pudding-served hot with whisky crème Anglaise (750/=). A soothing, deep, and warm dessert that I totally loved. About Thyme is a tranquil, cozy, restaurant that is perfect for a fine dining experience in an intimate setting. It’s best for date nights.
“Here comes your dessert “, says our sweet waitress with a huge glistening smile on her face which undoubtedly suggested we weren’t ready for what was to hit us. And true to her smile, a bright red cherry, luscious, firm, and beautifully made cheesecake slice with a divine mouth-watering fragrance sat pretty in front of me. I grab my phone to get a shot of this exquisite beauty that smelled oh-so divine.??? A perfect balance of tart and sweet, light & decadent, creamy smooth texture with a crisp melty crust is what The Grove’s chilled orange cheesecake with mixed berry coulis is???. The first bite feed into the depths of my soul, it melted perfectly in my mouth as it exploded with flavours of freshly blended berries, sweet vanilla, orange bits, and a graham cracker base, this felt more like the slice had me wrapped in its warm gentle hugs, it was so so delicious. This slice was worth the price of Kshs.800/=, it tasted like pure love, like it was made from love, with love, and served with love. With a casual and intimate, soft acoustic music playlist, a beautiful Nairobi view, and friendly, bubbly waitresses, The Grove is certainly a place to try out, and I highly recommend trying out their chilled orange cheesecake and their traditional Italian Caprese salad with freshly made basil pesto ???and have it at the outside dining area. I got another slice to carry home coz whew, the withdrawal was a proper one.?✨?