Pirathes: Grilled fish is excellent
Pirathes was our favorite restaurant, we were here couple of times eating excellent grilled fish filletes and season's salad. Since our group-friend Kruno had birthday, it was the best possible place for dinner and party in that occasion. The restaurant is situated right on the Bamburi Beach and offers very pleasant atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Most of our group ordered grilled fish fillets, which was excellent. However, some people don't like seafood, ordering steak or roast beef. Seasonal salad was exceptionally good. We all took some red wine, the only kind restaurant could offer but it wasn't good at all.
I can't tell for the price because we all were Kruno's guest at his birthday party and he paid the bill. Later on he told me it was pretty cheap.
Moorings: Very good seafood
"Moorings" is fine restaurant situated in the outskirts of village of Mtwapa, about ten kilometres far from the Shanzu. Actually, it is situated in a deep gulf called Mtwapa Creek. The restaurant is constructed on the raft, floating in the river, and offers pleasant and refreshing atnosphere.
Favorite Dish: During my stay in Shanzu, back in 2006, "Moorings" was considered as the best restaurant in the whole area. We went there for a dinner, offering grilled fish fillets with potatoes. I didn't catch the name of the fish but it was really delicious. The white wine was from Chile and it was pretty good. For the local standards, "Moorings" is expensive restaurant and therefore not many Kenyans can afford it. We payed around 40 euros, dinner for two, which isn't expensive at all.
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.
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
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!
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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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.
Monsoons at Jumba Ruins: Spend a chilled afternoon in a beautiful location
I didn't often write reviews, I prefer the Tripadvisor forums, (VT's sister site) in fact I'm a bit of an addict for them, as regulars on the Kenyan forums will know, they will also know that I'm also a bit of an addict for Monsoons as I go at least 3 times a week. I regularly recommend this restaurant (I do also recommend others). I recommend it because I love it, the food is freshly prepared, most of the seafood is fresh from the sea in front of the restaurant, you regularly see local fishermen bring fish, octopus (the only octopus I have ever had that actually tastes of something) or seafood that they have caught by wading in the sea off the beach to the kitchen to be weighed and a price agreed. If it doesn't come from the Jumba beach it comes in fresh from up the coast from Kilifi, or Malindi (eg the crabs arriving live or the fantastic king prawns). It's seafood platter must be one of the most photograped dishes in Kenya. The fillet steaks are excellent, the J.B. Cairato Fillet Steak (in red wine sauce) is a particular favourite and on the fish side so is the Old Town Fillet (red snapper in Swahili spicy coconut sauce). The pasta dishes are authentically Bolognaise and I love the warm olives with chilli, garlic and spices.
The location is beautiful, right on a quiet little beach between the historic ruins and the sea, and there is always a cooling breeze from the sea
The purpose of me writing this review now, after being a regular for around two years, is that people choosing this restaurant purely from the reviews may miss the fact that this is essentially a lunchtime, afternoon and early evening restaurant. On the forums we (it has lots of other fans on the forums) always suggest to go early, explore the ruins, chill on the beach or have a swim before having a long leisurely lunch and spending time chilling and chatting ('sobremesa' as the Spanish call it) and being entertained and amused by Attilio, the ultimate 'Mein Host'. the atmosphere is more family gathering or friends party than restaurant.
The restaurant's website makes it clear that the restaurant is only open in the evenings by prior arrangement, as it is a small family business, If there are no customers in the restaurant and they do not have an evening group arranged they will start to close up around 5.30, so don't drop by on the off chance at night. They will stay open at night for a pre-arranged group, but even then because Aziza, husband Attilio and daughter Nahya want to keep the personal, family feel to the restaurant they and the few staff will have been working since around 8 or 9 am, they ask that the orders are in the kitchens around 6.30. In fact if you get there after dark you miss a big chunk of the charm of the place. If you can't get there earlier it is great to get there around 5 or 5.30 have a drink on the beach as the sun goes down (no sunset unfortunately) whilst you read the menu and decide your order.
Favorite Dish: The Seafood Platter is legendary, it must be the most photographed dish in Kenya.
Most of the seafood comes from the sea directly off the quiet little beach the restaurant is located on, so all seafood is fresh and delicious, the octopus, actually tastes of something.
The pasta and Italian dishes are authentic recipe3s fromk Bologna.
The sauces are traditional Swahili, the Chicken Curry is not hot but deliciously spcy, as is the Old Town sauce of the Snapper.
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Hunters bar: Best steak ever
This restaraunt prepares a wide variety of sea food, chicken kiev, game meat and scrumptious apple pie but its the mouth watering steak that left me asking for more and more!
Favorite Dish: It goes without saying that this restaurant are "Steak perfectionist'' and thats what i loved most about the place.
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.
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!
Itioipa Bar: Good boozer
This place has been here for years, first time I walked through its doors it was called Ethiopia bar, it had a juke box and no TVs. Several years later it became New Ethiopia bar and in the last few years it has changed its name again to Itiopia Bar, but at 65ksh a bottle who gives a toss what its called.
The reason I was told for the name change was that a lot of tourisits used to enter the place expecting to find Ethiopian food so now they will have to look elsewhere to find Njiraa and wat as this place only sells nyama choma and ugali.
Favorite Dish: Beer
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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Big Tree is a restaurant and bar located in the middle of bamburi beach. It's a popular place with a European owner (I guess he was Italian, but I'm not sure). Big Tree is a kind of African hut/house build around a tree. You can play pool there, eat and drink. It's also a meetingpoint at Bamburi beach. Everybody knows about it. The prices for eating and drinking are higher than average. This place is also a place where you can change your money into Kenyan Shilling.
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The Tamarind: Fantastic Lobster
The Tamarind Restaurant is probably the most popular restaurant for tourists who come to Mombasa. Overlooking the Indian Ocean and with a wonderful view of the town, Tamarind is the ultimate in fine dining in Mombasa and where if you wish, you can choose live crab or lobster from the tank.
An additional option of this restaurant is its Dhow trip, an enchanting evening of exotic seafood blended with a romantic cruise aboard an authentic Arab Dhow around the old port of Mombasa, with a live music band on board, which provides non-stop entertainment for the entire ride. With two sailings a day, you may choose lunch, shaded from the midday sun by a canvas awning, or maybe a romantic candle-lit dinner under a star filled sky.
With attentive service to match the cuisine, your meal draws to a close while the waiters serve coffee from a traditional Arab brass coffee service. By now the band is in full swing, playing a variety of popular rhythms which soon have the majority of guests dancing on the main deck.
The original Tamarind dhow "Nawalilkher" was built in 1977 for trading. At 23 metres, she is the largest dhow on the coast. Purchased in 1986, she was converted for restaurant use by her original builder Fundi Bini on Lamu Island, under the watchful eye of Mohammed Shalle, who is still her captain today.
Some years later Nawalilkher was joined by a second dhow the Babulkheri. Just slightly smaller at 16 metres overall. The two dhows together can seat up to 135 guests in spacious comfort, making them ideal for an extra-special outing, wedding celebration or grand dinner.
Favorite Dish: Lobster of course, but most seafood is really great and is caught fresh daily.
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