Mandhari: Most enjoyable
The Mandhari restaurant is situated in the Nairobi Serena Hotel. We sat out on the terrace taking in the sounds of an African night, frogs croaking a gentle breeze and not a hint we were in the centre of Nairobi. The food and service were excellant with a choice of local and western food. We had an enjoyable end to our second evening in Nairobi
Java House: Taste of home
At Adams Arcade, you will find Java House. A hangout of many ex-pats serves lovely coffee and a range of great cooked food including a tasty pepper steak.
There are several braches of this throughout the city.
Haandi Restaurant: Rated 1st in Nairobi
(The mall Shopping centre, Ring Rd, Westlands Mains Kshs 600-995)
An international award winner widely regarded as the best Indian restaurant in Kenya.
Haandi has sister restaurants in Kampala, London and Middlesex and sells its own souvenir T-Shirts.
The menu reads like a recipe book crossed with a guide to Indian cuisine, and includes a wonderful Mughlai (North Indian) and Tandoori dishes and plenty of vegetarian curries
Favorite Dish: The Tandoori dishes are excellent. I definitely recommend it to people looking for curry and Indian food.
The Carnivore Restaurant: The Most Popular Restaurant in Nairobi
It is one of the most popular restaurants that tourists are very fond of.
Its spectacular meat grilling on half-open fires.
A great variety of cuisine found here, not only Kenyan.
Favorite Dish: The food is decent, but the price has gone through the roof. Now I know why they do not post the price on their website. Be prepared to spend $35 per person, not including drinks.
The many sauces offered help with the dryness but you really should be a meat-lover to fully enjoy this place.
Beer in Kenya
Tusker and White Cap beers (which are brewn in Kenya) are safe, and are available troughout the country. But drink local beers, called muratina, at your own risk. It's good to have some medication with you for stomach problems, etc. As stated above - this is not to say that you shouldn't eat at all in the cheaper restaurants, but always use some common sense.
Nairobi National Park Restaurant: Grilled Meat and Fried River Fish!
It is located approximately 7 kilometres (4 mi) south of the centre of Nairobi, Kenya's capital city, with only a fence separating the park's wildlife from the metropolis.
Be sure to get a seat under the covered area of the Restaurant because if you get a table in the surround gardens you are not sure if the table is so clean. Baboons visit are often here.
There is a possibility that you will have a visit of some baboons.
Be alert and keep your bags in a safe place. They might snatch them.
Favorite Dish: Fresh salads, fried fish, and grilled meat.
There is a cook next to the grill who is in charge of the grilled meat of the restaurant.
The smell coming from the grilled spot is great!
Rangers Restaurant: Some Hits and Misses
This restaurant, at the edge of Nairobi National Park (actually in the entrance area) has a superb location. The whole place is done up like the stereotypical jungle lodges you'd see on a safari movie. Comfortable overall, and we chose to sit outside. The balcony overlooks a creek flowing through the park, and in the drier season there are supposedly animals that stop by. As the rainy season had just started, there was no need for them to frequent these creeks when I was there.
The service was decent, not overly fast, but efficient enough. Might have been because we had our local hosts with us, not sure. All the drinks were served cold, though for sodas you have to ask for them that way (it is a Kenyan thing, everywhere the default is warm soda or beer). In general there was the right amount of attention, not hovering but not too isolated either.
Favorite Dish: I had a mixed grill platter. The meat was varied, some beef, chicken, and what tasted like goat. Most of it was very tender, well cooked, without being burnt or overly done. There were others at the table, however, that had some issues with their cuts of meat being cooked until tough. So, while my meal was fine, I feel I should include their experience, which was not as pleasant.
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Black Parrot: typically kenyan
the restaurant is located in Hurlingham plaza building underground level and has also a club with live bands from western kenya specially on friday and saturday with free entry I like that as I use to enjoy eating luo dishes, drinking tuskers or good wines, it is safe and close around midnight. No prostitutes or bad guys allowed inside. The staff is friendly with foreigners
Favorite Dish: tilapia fillet with brown ugali
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La Piazzetta: Quaint Italian spot in the hotel
This was our home away from home almost every night of the trip. We were so busy getting on and off the bus all day - visiting children at orphanages, meeting folks with HIV/Aids or spending time with local people in Dandora. By the time we got back to the hotel, it was usually 7:30 pm or later and we'd have another early wake-up call the next day, so it became routine to head over to the restaurant, settle in, download with each other about the day, order, eat and head to bed. The soups, pasta, pizza, everything on the menu was really quite tasty. There weren't many lighter fares on the menu, but typically aren't in an Italian style restaurant and this was no exception. Upon request, they would bring warm, fresh bread to the table that was cooked outdoors in a large old-fashioned oven. There was also outdoor seating in a small courtyard that was very cozy and inviting. The service was a bit slow on providing the bill, but us Americans have a warped sense of time (especially in restaurants) anyway. Great spot if you're staying at Safari Park Hotel.
Carnivore: You better like Meat!
Meat, meat and meat! That's what this place specializes in. We had exotic tastes of ostrich and crocodile, in addition to chicken, turkey, lamb and beef. There are dipping sauces galore and lots of items to choose from.
The waiter puts a white flag in the center of the table and the staff continue to bring around large skewers of meat until you "surrender" and put the white flag down. Its quite humorous really and this place definitely has a reputation as a "touristy" locale, but its worth going to once - definitely a unique experience and great spot for a group of people.
Favorite Dish: I really enjoyed the ostrich - its a very lean type of meat and because of that, can often seem a bit dry. The way this serving was prepared, it was full of flavor and tasted great. Its very similar to chicken, so don't be scared away by the name!
Nyama chomo, kenyan food: Nyama chomo, kenyan food
Favorite Dish: Nyama chomo is the Kenyan national food. The photos are taken in a Kenyan restaurant in downtown Nairobi. The menu shows typical food like meat with Ugali, Chapati, Kienyeji or rice. The price is low here compared to western restaurants. The Kenyan people eat their food with their hands (without knife and fork).
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Talisman: Too expensive for what it offers
Talisman is, at the moment, very in place, especially for those locals who can afford it. No need to tell that majority of the guests, in such a restaurants, are wazungus who live in Nairobi. I visited it only by chance because Talisman is situated in Karen, part of the city I've never been before. Actually, I was invited by my old friend to join her and her friends for a dinner.
The interriors looks alike to those restaurants we find in Europe, furnished by different styles and times, but then you got impression like something is missing here. To be honest, I didn't like it much.
Favorite Dish: I ordered grilled goat meat because it was supposed to be very soft, so claimed to me the weiter. There are only few places in Nairobi where one can get soft meat, made in European way, but Talisman definatelly isn't one of them. The food wasn't bad but certainly not as good as at Mediteraneo or Trattoria.
Bangkok Chinese Restaurant: The most authentic Chinese restaurant in Nairobi
Don't be confused by its name! Is it a Chinese cuisine or Thai cuisine? It is indeed an authentic Chinese restaurant which is very famous in the city. However, it is a bit strange of the name as a Chinese restaurant. Well, who cares about the name? We are here for the food. Name is not eatable!
The restaurant is decorated in a typcial Chinese way with the soft Chinese music background. If you make a reservation for the inside room, you will experience a more elegant and relax atmosphere. All the dishes are cooked to order. You can find Peking duck, pork, lamb, and various seafood. Vegetarians are welcomed and even special order is honored, for instance, the shark fin. The owners, a chinese lady and a young gentleman take care the customers friendly. The chief chef is also Chinese.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is chili crab. This crab is made with garlic and chili. The garlic and spicy taste together give the crab a fantastic flavor!
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New Sunset Grill: Bar with a great street side view
Nice little boozer cum restaurant at the northern end of Tom Mboya Street on the first floor so it gives a great view of the street below. There is a nice airy outside terrace so you can watch the world go by as you slowly down a few cold beers.
Favorite Dish: A lot of the food on the menu here is from Western Kenya, Nyanza to be precise which makes a welcome change from the usual Nairobian fare.
This is just one of hundreds of chip shops in Nairobi. It is really hard to spend any time in Nairobi without ending up at some time of the day or night in one of Nairobi's chippies. There is a gaggle of good ones in Luthuli Ave, huge queues at lunchtime.
On more than one occasion I ended up in Munyiri's for breakfast after staggering out of Florida or Sabina joy. I remember one time in the early hours of the morning a rather drunk young chappie drinking vinegar out of the plastic bottle
Expect to pay anything from 35 bob up then help yourself to ketchup, chilli sauce and salt.
Favorite Dish: As well as chips a lot of places also sell
Bhajia (slices of potato dipped in spiced gram flour and fried),
Chicken (usually sold either full, half, quarter)
Sausages (usually beef not pork)
Vegetable spring roll (only saw these in Ali's on Tsavo Rd)
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