Where to eat in Nairobi

Carnivore ©brockzilla/Flickr

Carnivore ©brockzilla/Flickr

As Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi receives a considerable number of tourists. But whether you’ll be there on business, in transit or with the sole purpose of visiting Nairobi, rest assure that the capital of Kenya won’t disappoint you. There are numerous attractions to visit, from natural parks to museums and memorial houses. And even though Kenyan cuisine is not as famous as, let’s say, Thai, it does not mean that Nairobi cannot offer a pleasant culinary experience. So here come a few suggestions on where to eat in Nairobi:

Carnivore

Allegedly the best known restaurant in Nairobi, Carnivore first opened its doors decades ago, yet it somehow continues to be trendy and popular. Its probably its original formula that keeps Carnivore high in the ranks. Not only does the restaurant have an open grill where huge chunks of meat are roasted in a very mouth-watering fashion, but it also offers an incredible diversity of meat and game, from the common chicken to crocodile or camel.

Carnivore ©brockzilla/Flickr

Carnivore ©brockzilla/Flickr

Tamarind

Even older than Carnivore is Tamarind, Nairobi’s acclaimed seafood restaurant. Although Nairobi is not quite close to the coast, this restaurant has become famous for its fresh and delicious seafood dishes. The restaurant offers a variety of gourmet dishes, but the true seafood lover should definitely try their assorted platters, an astonishing combination seafood dishes and dips.

Tamarind crab ©Kent Wang/Flickr

Tamarind crab ©Kent Wang/Flickr

Java House

Although more a cafe than a proper restaurant, the Java house is the ideal place for a quick snack. The menu here is casual and international, with pancakes for breakfast and burgers and subs in the afternoon. Not to miss here is the freshly brewed coffee, which the restaurant claims that is one of Kenya’s finest.

Tamambo (Karen Blixen Coffe House)

A visit to the Tamambo is a smart way to combine history with fine dining. The restaurant is located on the grounds of Karen Blixen’s former plantation, quite close to the Karen Blixen Museum, one of the main attractions in Nairobi. The site is a restored colonial house, set in a beautiful garden. As for food, here you have a very wide choice, ranging from steaks and cold buffets to curries and vegetarian.

Karen Blixen Gardens ©imaginextra/Flickr

Karen Blixen Gardens ©imaginextra/Flickr

Pango

Presenting itself as a Gourmet Brasserie, Pango has climbed among the best fine dining locations in Nairobi in a record amount of time. In addition to a variety of French and International dishes, the restaurant also has a chic wine bar. The scenic view, the candles and shiny-white table cloths add a plus of class to the whole experience.

 

 

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