A special restaurant - famous for kenya.
It was on our tour list and since I like to try exotic meat, I was looking forward to this one.
Well - I got a little bit disappointed.
Not that the food was bad - it was good: the different meats were well grilled, the choice wide, the side dishes good and they also accommodated our Junior who just wanted fries for once (which isn't on the menu).
But ... there is hardly any exotic meat anymore.
Obviously it is forbidden in Kenya since some years to serve game! So: NO antelope, oryx, impala, kudu etc (which I had plenty in Namibia and which is very good meat).
"Just" lamb, pork, beef, chicken, turkey and several sausages.
The most exotic they had was: crocodile and ostrich.
It goes like that: you get your side dishes and sauces - on top of that turning tower is a flag. As long as the flag is standing, servers will come by and offer your the meat (on grill-blades) for you to sample and try. If you lie the flag down that means: I need a pause (to eat). If you take the flag of you are finished.
Favorite Dish: The pork chops and the turkey.
It is advisible to take the taxi when hanging around in the evening hours. First, because it is very cheap and second because this guys know where the good restaurants are. I wanted to have some european food and the taxi driver suggested me "Trattoria" which is well know Italian restaurant in Nairobi. The restaurannt itself is situated in not friendly area, especially for the white people, and I was suggested not to pull out my camera. Later in the evening I saw with my own eyes, it was a good suggestion.
Favorite Dish: It is indeed the real Italian restaurant not the fake one. As a first dish I've ordered "spaghetti, aglio, olio e peperoncino", a traditional Italian dish which can proof weather the cook is Italian or not. To tell you the truth, better than this you cannot get even in Italy. The second dish was mixed grillled meat, not that soft but pretty good. My companion and I had a bottle of red Italian wine which was of acdceptable quality. The dinner for two cost me about 2.500 Kshs, which is less than 30 euros.
Oh my, if you like Indian food, then you're going to love Anghiti!
I would like to thank both suet and sphynxxxs for this recommendation - you're clearly both ladies of great taste and discernment, and I (quite literally) applaud your taste!
Kenya - and indeed most of East Africa- has a long history of Indian settlement, so it stands to reason that there should be some good Indian restaurants. I have a passion for Indian food - initially nurtured as a student in London - and after nearly three decades of self-sacrificing market research, I can honestly say that Anghiti is up there with the very best of them.
More about the food below, but firstly, some other important considerations. Firstly, for the security-minded, the restaurant has good secure parking. Secondly the decor and ambience is low key, tasteful and very pleasant: no flock wallpaper or lime green paint from the discount bin here!
Importantly, the service is attentive but not overpowering. The price is not overly cheap, but excellent value for money when you consider the quality of what you get, and it's worth noting that it is listed on the Eat Out website which offers 10% off your bill when you book online at a whole range of Kenyan restaurants (see www.eatout.ke and my travel tip above). We used this and it worked like a charm.
Anghiti has two branches in Nairobi - the one we visited in Westlands, and one in the Muthaiga Shopping Centre (and there is also a branch in Dar es Salaam).
Lastly, the restaurant does a takeaway service, which could be useful if your hotel doesn't have a restaurant or if you want a little variety from what your hotel has to offer but don't want to venture out at night. Call +254 20 266 4584 for the delivery service.
Favorite Dish: Now onto the main event.
Anghiti has a varied menu, mostly based on Northern Indian cuisine (a range of tandoori dishes for example) and everything we had was superbly cooked, with well balanced spicing and just enough heat. We were a group of five, which allowed us to experience Indian food as it should be eaten: a selection of dishes to be shared by the whole group.
The only thing that I can't comment on are the desserts, as by that time, we were too full to fit in another morsel!
Eat Out is a website which offers 10% off your bill when you book online at a whole range of Kenyan restaurants.
This deal is only valid if you pay with cash or by card.
With that saving, you can afford to have dessert!!!
Update (July 2011): We used this website to book at the superb Angithi Indian restaurant in Westlands last weekend (see my restaurant review), and it worked like a charm. My only complaint? Indeed we could have afforded dessert with the saving, but unfortunately the food was so amazing that by this time, we were so full that we didn't have any space left!
Meat, meat, and more meat will greet you at the dining experience known as CARNIVORE.
Carnivore is not only delicious, but it also gives you an opportunity to experience new foods and new tastes. At Carnivore you can be offered anything from filet mignon to zebra meat, the menu is wild and definitely can give you a taste of Africa.
While we were there we dined on Crocodile, Camel (it tastes how you'd think camel would taste- like an old weather worn saddle), Ostrich, Wildebeest, Beef, Pork, Goat, and various other exotic meats we'd never be able to have anywhere else. It may sound overwhelning, but it's not.
The presentation of food is kept exciting and the service is exceptional.
Carnivore was considered one of the best places in the world to dine and I've personally seen it featured in books about exotic foods and "places you need to eat"
I highly recommend eating at Carnivore, it's a unique Kenyan experience.
Favorite Dish: Ostrich and DAWA (Dawa is Swahili for "medicine" and it's basically an alcoholic drink consisting of vodka, and they will take a bamboo shoot and dip it in honey and fill the glass up with limes so that you can crush it all together to make a sweet and refreshing drink)
Carnivore is a trademark Nairobi experience. You can get Nyama Choma (roasted meat) anywhere in Kenya, but in this restaurant you get to sample all different kinds of meat before you decide which one you prefer the most.
In the center of this parially outdoor/indoor venue is a large fire pit equipped with what looks like metal swords on which the meat is roasted. Guests pay one price for the set menu, which begins with bread, soup and salad. Then the fun begins.
Every few minutes a gentleman carrying the hot sword with steamy meat. He either slices a piece for you with a cutlass, or slides a chunk of meat from a shishkabob stick. The variety of meats include ostrich meatballs, crocodile, gazelle, pork spare ribs, beef, chicken, turkey, gizzards, liver, lamb, and numerous other entres. This is accompanied by rice, roasted potatoes, and other accompaniaments.
The set menu includes a choice of desert. It is best washed down with copious amounts of the local Tusker beer, although wine is also available.
Favorite Dish: It is a set menu, but I must say that the ostrich and the spare pork ribs were my favourite.
First off, if you are going to go to Carnovire in the hopes of checking out and experiencing a local place, be prepared to be disappointed. There are SO many white people here to dine. It is very much a tourist's joint, and the only reason I didn't put this in the tourists trap section is because it does have good qualities. I love ostrich, so any chance I get to try it out I am down for. Beyond that, you have other oddities like camel and crocodile. Ever since the Kenyan government changed the rules and laws about wildlife, you don't get the unqiue selection you used to, but you still get to try several unique items. So if you want to try ostrich and crocodile and camel, then go for it. But if being surrounded by 150 whites and 15 locals won't suit you, seek your game meat elsewhere.
Favorite Dish: ostrich
Located just adjacent to the Nairobi Naitonal Park this place serves a variety of game which is delicious!! Obviously the food comes from the park nearby but is regulated by the government controls as portions are 'gourmet' and not excessive. It is truly one of those well healed tourist runs but worth the trip even if you aren't much of a carnivore! Most local tour companies will get you there.
I used Venture Africa who gave me a good offer including an all day private ac-car with driver and guides plus transfers to and from the airport and hotel all for under US$150! Check them out.
Favorite Dish: everything!
Carnivore Menu :
Salads and side dishes
(mixed salad, rice salad, kidney beans, corn relish, coleslaw, cucumber raita)
All with Homemade vegetable vinaigrette
Soup of the day with homemade fresh brown bread
(garlic fruit salsa, Sweet and sour, masala, mint, chilli)
Charcoal Roasted Meat Dishes
Selection of charcoal roasted meats which include:
Leg of beef
Haunch of venison:
(Zebra, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Oryx, Kongoni, Impala, Thompson Gazelle, Ostrich, Giraffe)
Leg of pork
Leg of Lamb
Pork spare ribs
(Crocodile - when available)
Chicken livers and gizzards
Choice of desserts
(apple pie, cheese cake, strawberries and ice-creams)
For someone who is not known for his meat eating preferences, a restaurant caled `Carnivore' wouldnt be first up on a list of priorities.. yet, the enthusiasm of the others on the crew meant that a table was booked, a taxi hired, and we were off... to sample every kind of meat that Africa may be known for...
The restaurant is located in a rather interesting spot, just outside the Nairobi national park. I certainly did wonder if the animals we could have being seeing on our planned safari the next morning, were the ones ending up on our plates:P but i guess it is perfectly legal, since it is a really popular spot in Nairobi, I decided to eat...
There are four choices of wild game, roasted on traditional Maasai swords over a huge charcoal pit near the entrance of the restaurant.
The waiters carry these swords around the restaurant, carving unlimited amounts of the meats onto your plate.
Salads, vegetables and a variety of exotic sauces are already at the table, and then there is that little carnivore flag above it all-- you will be served as long as your flag is up!
I think there are a variety of options on the menu, though i`d reccomend the set option- which will get you- soup and appetisers, unlimited servings of meat, dessert, and coffee or tea.
Favorite Dish: The Crocodile was the most exotic meat on the menu that night... i couldnt help trying to drown out the thought that it was a reptile that i was about to eat!
But it had to be done... how many times do you end up sitting at a restaurant in Africa and being served crocodile?? It seemed hard, there were bones, and i took the tiniest piece there was.
That apart, i had Gazelle, Ostrich, Buffalo, chicken, beef and lamb.
Most people have heard of Carnivores in Nairobi. Also Simba's Saloon it was the place a group of us went on our return voyage through Nairobi on tour....
Basically it is a wonderful chance to taste some of Africa's local game meat at a relatively cheap price. It has a band and disco there too, and was a very enjoyable evening to-boot.
Favorite Dish: We ordered a platter of the evenings game meat. Comprising of Impala Meat balls, Crocodile and Ostrich this meal was amazing. I never used to be much of a meat eater. But I am a convert. The ostrich was my favourite of the three, though I must say the Impala wasn't so bad either. Very delicious. They have a happy hour on the drinks also.... Great for a good night out with a group.... Lots of locals, and an interesting place to go with a difference....
Vegetarians beware! No (meat-eating) tourist visit is complete without a stop at Carnivore's. You saw the animals in the wild....now, admit it, weren't you wondering what they would taste like?!? Well, here is your chance to find out! For about KSh1300, you get an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of meat delivered up to your table. Vegetables? Whatever! Besides the normal beef, pork, chicken, and lamb, you can try ostrich, eland, hartebeest, wildebeest, zebra, or crocodile. They were pretty tasty, except for the crocodile. I'll skip it the next time I go to the zoo.
Favorite Dish: Meat. Oh, and did I mention the meat?
My most unfavourite restaurant was The Carnivore in Nairobi. This is a barbecue restaurant specialized in 'exotic' meat: crocodile, impala, antelope, etc.
Exactly, the animals we liked so much during our safari! What an anticlimax!
It's also a tourist trap, as really every package tourist will have lunch or dinner at The Carnivore. You're seated at long tables and, apart from the meat that is freshly barbecued, all the rest is mass-production.
Favorite Dish: No favourite dish.
Sun Sweet Centre seems to have been around since the year dot serving up no nonsense good value vegetarian meals. The set lunch is a real bargain with a range of curries bhagia and lassi. It could well be the only Indian restaurant left in the centre of Nairobi.
UPDATE NOV 2010. On my most recent trip I had a very poor meal here and it no longer is good value for money. Looks like I'll have to go to westlands for an Indian
The first time I arrived in Nairobi the city was brim full of Indian restaurants. All the best Indian restaurants used to be located in the centre of Nairobi, Satkar, Mayur, Dhaba, Three New Bells, Supreme, Minar (2 branches). They have all fled to Westlands or packed up completely.
It is a pain having to go to Westlands for a Curry. I’ve been a frequent visitor to Nairobi since 1990 and had never had to venture up to Westlands till a few years ago. If I do bother going up there I’d eat at Chowpatty, I’ve never been to Haandi in Nairobi but Haandi is my favourite in Kampala. There is also a Haandi in London as well that is I think part of the same group?
Favorite Dish: The daily lunch is a good deal and for a veggie you can't go wrong.
The Safari restaurant in the Nairobi Safari club was a pleasant experience. The food was well presented and tasty. The service was a little slow but our waitress I think was under training and we were in no rush. We had lunch there and the price was very reasonable