Mubins Restaurant: Mubins For "Mshikaki''
This is an outdoor restaraunt located just at the heart of mombasa town. They make the best barbecued meat, wether mutton chicken, beef which they serve with chapatis (thin pitas)and very nice salads.
Favorite Dish: This place prepares swahilis kind of meat called ''Mshikaki'' its small slices of meat either mutton or beef barbequed on a skewer. its arguably the best place for mshikaki so go try it next you are there!
Kiambere Cafe: Top breakfast
This place may look like the black hole of Mombasa but venture inside and you'll find the breakfast a real treat.
Favorite Dish: Breakfast on the coast of Kenya is quite often the best meal of the day. My breakfast of choice is usually Mbaazi (wonderful stuff). Mbaazi is a purple grey bean that is boiled in coconut milk with a couple of chillies thrown in. It is usually eaten with Mahamri, triangular donuts made with flour, sugar, coconut milk, and yeast to make it rise. They quite often can be bought slightly spiced with cardamom and/or cloves.
These are also freshly made in the morning; I can’t imagine what time you have to get up to cook the mbaazi in time for breakie. In the heat and humidity of Mombasa a saucer of mbaazi with 2 or 3 mahamri can often see me through the day till evening when my appetite returns.
On the days I don’t eat Mbaazi I will eat omelette, and for some reason an omelette in Mombasa tastes nothing like an omelette I’ve eaten elsewhere. I don’t know if it is the eggs that are used and or possibly the chemical free environment that the hens that lay them live in.
There are a few places in Mombasa that can knock up a good omelette and my favourite places usually manage to throw in onion tomatoes and chillies. If chillies are not involved in the mix then every half decent café/hoteli in Kenya will have a saucer of fresh chillies alongside the salt and sugar on the tables.
Idealy the omelette should be eaten with a thick slice of bread spread with real butter a bit of a rairity in the peoples republic of "Blue Band" and washed down with piping hot black tea with a generous pinch of ground ginger stirred in. YUM!
New Chetna: Top veggie food
Absolute bargain, veggie buffet lunch and dinner, as much as you can eat Gujarat scran. All for less than £2.
This place has been running for years originally a couple of doors away but then moved to what was The City Restaurant. Years ago I could eat 3 meals a day here that was when I was staying at the near-by Cosy Guest House (now no more). Still excellent value 240ksh for a thali.
Since I wrote the above it looks like the Chetna has changed hands. There are a few turbans to be seen about the place so I guess there has been a bit of a shift from Gujarat to the Punjab.
Only a few things have changed like the price (slightly) and the chas is a lot better. On the whole I think the improvements have added to the place.
Favorite Dish: Whatever is for lunch. The dall kachori is nice for breakfast
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Rozina House Restaurant: Mombasa City Centre Restaurant
Very friendly staff, quality food, good menu choice, air conditioned (vital!)
Ambiance fairly basic by European standards..
Favorite Dish: Fresh food, African style dishes also. I had prawns in a coconut sauce which were delicious..
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Singh's Restaurant: Kenyan Punjabi
After days of being in Mombasa, I was wanting for some Indian Food. My driver suggested Sindh's Restaurant. It was close to the place I was staying (Royal Court). I went there for lunch. It was a typical Indian Restaurant. There was a AC room too. The food was delicious. True Indian Punjabi style.
Noon-2.30pm & 7-10.30pm, closed Mon.
Favorite Dish: Butter Chicken
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Blue Room: The famous Blue Room
When first introduced to the Blue Room in the early 1970's it was clear that it was not going to win awards for quality of furnishings or decor. However what it lacked in its interior, it more than made up for in bhajias which were simply increadible. Established in 1952, it began as a small fast food restaurant. 10 years later, in 1962, Blue Room began manufacturing ice cream and started an ice cream parlour and ice cream manufacturing plant beside the restaurant .
Favorite Dish: Although today, the restaurant also serves Western dishes such as Pizzas and Hamburgers, Calzones, Submarines, Steak, Chicken, alongside Indian food, and its seating capacity has increased from the original 40 to the current 140, it still is a must for Indian snack food
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Watamu Grill: Grilling in stile: Watamu Grill, Dolphin
Watamu Grill - is one of the two restaurants at the Dolphin hotel. The other one is an italian one. As the name suggests, Watamu Grill specialices in grilled meat and seafood. The Food here was very good, especially the Fish soup and the carpaggio (raw meat with olive oil, and very spicy). The waiters were very friendly. For dessert we had crepes with mango or bananas, flambee.
Favorite Dish: Grilled sea food, Fish soup, Carpaggio
Blue Lagoon: Seafood at the Pool: Blue Lagoon, Flamingo
Blue Lagoon -The Restaurant at the Flamingo Hotel.
Very nicely located at the big Pool, quite a view in the night with all the lights. They specialize in Sea Food (not that you don?t get that at the other restaurants as well).
Favorite Dish: Try the catch of the day. The Food is fresh and well served. The lobster was extremely huge.
A little problem seems to be the dessert sometimes ? they don?t actually have all that they have on the menue card.
ASC Hotels (Flamingo, Dolphin etc.): Food at the ASC Hotels
The ASC hotels do have a food policy, which means that they garantee you best quality and clean food. Generally it is safe to eat everything they offer, from salad plates to fruits to mayonnaise sauces.
Anyway, most of the people that come to Kenya will have stomach troubles, also these that stay at the ASC hotels.
The problem consists of several parts. For one you will eat a lot more fruits and vegetables and maybe drink more than you do at home. This kind of diet will have some changes on your toilet going. The second thing is, that they cook with a special vegetable oil (so they say). And the third id, that you maybe can not resist drinks or food that you are offered outside the „safe“ hotel grounds.
I never had bigger problems, but saw many that did.
Take Imodium with you if you suffer to omuch, or let the problem take care of itself, just drink enough.
Imodium (Loperamid) is something that stops your bowel moves. Problem is that it should not be taken if there is a serious infection, that mean don’t take it if you have fever with the diarrhoe or you see blood in the toilet. If so, go to a doctor, you will need an antibiotic.
Singh Restaurant: The best Indian
The food here is amazing, the surrondings are very clean the waiters know the menu well so they can definately recommend a dish.
Its averagely priced and the most unique feature of this place is that chapatis are free, eat as much as you like. This restuarant serves both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Favorite Dish: My favourite was the Jeera & Butter Chicken, basically chicken cooked with loads of cummin seeds served dry.
Wasini Island Restaurant: A definite must in Mombasa
The restaurant overlooks the Indian Ocean toward the distant mountains of Tanzania.
This intimate restaurant is set on a cliff overlooking the Wasini Channel where guests arrive from the dhows after a morning snorkeling and diving.
The atmosphere at the restaurant is caring and friendly, and the bars offers a full range of drinks and thirst quenching reasonably priced cocktails.
Favorite Dish: I had the crab .... it was delicious!!!!
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the tamarind restaurant: what an unforgettable lobster!
The tamarind is the best restaurant in Mombasa and it's particularly well-known for its seafood dishes. Many people had marvelled about it that we decided to go there for our final lunch... everything was perfect. the luxurious building in Moorish style, the food, the view over the sea and the old town... thrilling!
Favorite Dish: We've had the msot perfect lobster we've ever had: huge, delicious... and served with a light cognac sauce that I'll never forget. We had some veggies and rice cooked in coconut milk as a side-dish.
Royal Courts restaurant: African food? mission impossible
On my single day and night in Mombasa I embarked on the quest of finding an African restaurant. I hopped into a taxi, asked to take me to an African or Swahili restaurant - the taxi-driver lookd puzzled and started driving around. All the places I was taken were either fast-foods or roadside stalls - but never a restaurant. it finally dawned on me that Kenyan people who can afford to go to a restaurant, prefer eating foreign (european) food. I gave up and returned to my hotel's italian restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Food was really not that bad - if not quite authentic. I had pasta wit gorgonzola sauce and it was pretty ok. I must say that the staff tried to be really helpful - asking the chef if he could prepare something African - but apparently he missed the right ingradients. Another plus is that the waither actually helped us in choosing our dessert - by pointing out which dessert had been freshly made and which was days old. Thumbs up for this - if not exactly for the menu
The Tamarind Dhow: One of the most romantic ways to eat lobster....
The restaurant is actually a converted dhow - for the uninitiated, that's an old sailing cargo vessel! The tables are set out on deck, and the boat goes up the river as the sun sets, moors while dinner is served, and then sails back down the river again. Live music is provided, so there's an opportunity for some dancing too!
Favorite Dish: The food has a seafood bias, with the lobster being particularly good. There isn't a huge choice - four main courses, so at least it's relatively easy to make a decision!
The restaurant is said to offer the best seafood in Kenya, so although not cheap, it's worth the price!!!
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Recoda: Swahili food in old Mombasa
A small place (they hardly speak English) in the old city, this is the most famous place where locals go. On the sidewalk terrace you can enjoy the city life in the more enjoyable evening climate. It can be quite testy for your stomach though!
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