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.
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!
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.
Food, cake & drink items range from Kshs. 550- Kshs. 3000