21 June 2018

5 best restaurants in Nairobi
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
Super seafood
Dress up, don’t forget your credit card and dine on Nairobi’s best seafood at Tamarind, run by Kenya's most prestigious restaurant group. The dining room’s Arabic-Moorish style is an elegant setting for sampling the giant prawns, sweet young crabs, juicy lobsters and oysters flown in daily from the coast.
Meat-lovers will be wowed by the finest venison, steak and poultry in the country. With its tempting list of cocktails and chilled wines, Tamarind is our top choice.
National Bank Building, Off Harambee Ave, PO Box 74493, City Square 00200, Nairobi
Tel: 020 2251811/2220473/2217990 www.tamarind.co.ke/tamarind-nairobi
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Best for variety
Voted top of the list on Trip Advisor and by the New York Times, Talisman is Nairobi’s crowd-pleaser. With a vast and varied menu including Asian, French, Italian, Japanese and Middle Eastern dishes, there really is something to suit every palate. And, most importantly, the carefully crafted cuisine is delicious! Decadent desserts round off any meal, and the restaurant displays the work of a different artist every month, so you can get your local culture fix too.
320 Ngong Road, Karen, Nairobi 00502
Tel: 254 705 999997 www.thetalismanrestaurant.com
Tel: 020 600 5933 www.tamarind.co.ke/carnivore
A beast of a feast!
The most famous nyama choma (barbecued meat) restaurant in Kenya, Carnivore is for meat-lovers only! Enter and view the massive barbecue pit grilling skewers of beef, pork, lamb, chicken, camel, ostrich, crocodile… the list goes on. Waiters bring as much meat to your table as you can eat, carving it before your eyes. A selection of side dishes and sauces complement the fixed-price feast that also features soup, delicious desserts and Kenyan coffee. So sit back in tropical gardens and enjoy great service.
Langata Road, Near Wilson Airport, PO Box 56685, City Square 00200, Nairobi

Thorn Tree Café
24-hour dining and traveller tips
A well-loved institution within the Stanley Hotel, the Thorn Tree is an all-day open-air street café famous for the quirky message board on its ancient acacia tree, which was once a makeshift post box for travellers. A sanctuary amidst the bustle of the CBD, it serves a host of snacks from the deli counter as well as heartier meals like pizzas from a wood-fired oven. It’s also a great place to get your caffeine fix with a coffee, quench your thirst with fresh juice or sip a chilled beer.
New Stanley Hotel, Kimathi St, Nairobi Central, Sarova Stanley, Nairobi
Tel: 254 23 33283 www.sarovahotels.com/stanley/dining_thorn_tree_cafe.aspx
For exotic Ethiopian dishes
Feast on award-winning Ethiopian food served alongside intense hot coffee at the charming Abyssinia restaurant. A laid-back eatery where you can linger over lunch or dinner, it offers friendly service and comfy outdoor seating. Enjoy huge platters of the Abyssinia Special (including vegetarian and vegan), featuring tender lamb, chunky chicken and tasty fish, all served in colourful mesobs (traditional woven baskets). Back to basics and authentic, eat with your hands and get stuck in!
Muguga Green, Off Brookside Grove, Off Waiyaki Way, Nairobi
Tel: 0725/35 15 15 15 www.abyssinianairobi.com
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