Every city has that one place that tourists and locals like to go for a local flavour. Which one is the best in Nairobi? First of all,what makes a restaurant great? Perhaps it’s the service, or maybe the impeccable food. Today we take a look at some of the best best restaurants to try when visiting Nairobi.
1. The Carnivore Restaurant
As the name suggests is a hub for meat eaters and will be a great place to learn the Kenyan love for roast meat (or nyama choma as we like to call it). You can have a wide range of meats, both domestic and wild. From beef, Lamb, crocodile meat to pork. It has a pro setup with prompt services and ample secure parking space. Best time weekdays is after 9pm when Nairobi traffic subsides.
2. Nyama Mama
This is a new restaurant chain with the most interesting twist on everyday Kenyan cuisine. Try their branch at Delta Towers in Westlands. The decor is lovely and the staff will tell you all you need to know about the food you pick out. Ask the staff to recommend something and you can’t go wrong. They also have great music playing or amazing artists performing so you get a double dose of Kenyan food and tunes. Friday evenings have amazing Jazz so you could start your night.
3. The Diamond Plaza food court
Located at the more Asian side of town called Parklands, The Diamond Plaza food court is your best bet for a taste of coastal and Indian cuisine. You’ll get mobbed by menus from all the food stalls once you get seated but look past that annoyance and pick out the Swahili or Indian dishes that you’d like to try. They are amazing! Try the chicken biryani and also make sure you have the fresh juice from the juice parlour there. They have amazing options.
4. Three Dee Restaurant
If you are looking for a place with awesome Kenyan traditional food then look no further. This is the perfect place to be. However it has inadequate parking, so take a cab when visiting 3D. I strongly recommend you try this restaurant if you want to enjoy western Kenya traditional dishes. Its located in Kilimani.
5. Sierra Brasserie – Yaya Center
The restaurant is on top of the roof. They offer a good selection of meals from their aged beef burgers and steak to seafood and also vegetarian options, not to mention their desserts. These guys know what they are doing. On top of that they brew their own beer and it’s splendid! If you want a quiet dinner you can sit inside and they also have an outside area where you can smoke.
6. K’Osewe Ranalo Foods
Centrally located at the heart of Nairobi, easily accessible, K’Osewe is a great haven for African food. The food is fresh and well cooked. The place is usually busy over peak hours and good to visit early lunch or dinner. Not a place for any sort of intimate conversations either. You will almost always and up sharing a table. All in all, it’s a good restaurant with good food and reasonable prices.
7. Fogo Gaucho – Waiyaki way , Westlands
Fogo never disappoints, the first time I went there was during a dinner with my workmates and of course we enjoyed the all you can eat assortment. The restaurant was almost full when we got there, tells you how good it is. What I love most is that the waiters just keep coming as long as your card is turned up on the green side which means “give me more”, they will be there every passing minute! The variety of meats served was extensive, and between us, we tried many, including grilled fish, crocodile, topside beef, chicken thighs, and sausages. I have never seen and tasted so much meat in my life like that day. It was my first time tasting crocodile meat and I actually loved it. Perfect ambience for both family and friends.
8. Tamarind Restaurant
They have a wonderful selection of exquisitely prepared seafood dishes, plus a good wine list. It’s just the right place for that special occasion.
9. Mama Oliech’s Restaurant
Mama Oliech stands for it’s name in delivering quality delicious food. First time going to this restaurant and I was not disappointed. The fish was well prepared and it kind of took me back to Kisumu where they make such awesome fish. Please try this restaurant out it’s worth the hype. Even Mark Zuckerberg ate there (:
10. Bamboo Oriental at Zen Garden
Zen Garden is one of the best restaurants to go with kids on a weekend in Nairobi. The restaurant is set in a large property with a nice open modern feel to the outside sitting areas. It’s sprawling lawn, and the children’s play area make it a safe fun outing for kids, while you can have a good meal. Bamboo serves oriental cuisine. I would especially recommend the Lettuce wrap, and the sesame encrusted fried tofu, both these appetizers are my favourites. The waiters are cheerful and friendly, the service is quick. A helpful hint is to make a reservation ahead because it does get crowded over the weekends.
That’s my top 10 list, I know there are many of them in Nairobi. Please feel free to share your list to [email protected]