We Kenyans are a tough lot to please when it comes to food. We like eating things we’re used to and when we fancy a night out, we prefer to go to places that are pocket friendly.
Being a man who loves his fellow Kenyans (y’all should thank me for this), I took it upon myself to try some of the top restaurants in Nairobi.
Here are some of my favourites:
This one’s located in Karen along Marula Lane. In all honesty, I went there to try me some paintball. I don’t remember why exactly they didn’t let me and my friends play but it was something along the lines of you have to make a booking before actually showing up.
Anyway, I did have a walkabout on their grounds- which were very serene. If you’re looking for a quiet place to spend your weekend with family, this place might be best for you. Their menu was quite pocket friendly for me as there were some good dishes going for Ksh. 1,500 while a glass of wine was going for Ksh.250.
Mediterraneo is an Italian restaurant that has several branches in Nairobi. The one that I went to was at The Junction Mall. If there’s one thing I remember about this place was the ambiance.
The servers were middle-aged men so you’re sure you’ll be treated well. The manager was a very amiable fellow who gave me and my friend some free tiramisu (they have a reward system).
I had chicken D’iavolo which cost Ksh 1,500 while my friend had lasagne which also cost Ksh. 1,500. A glass of juice at this restaurant will set you back Ksh. 500.
All in all, it was a good experience. I did end up going back for some more lasagne!
Haru Sushi Bar
We’re back to Karen again! Haru Sushi Bar is located along Karen Rd. It’s a nice place to have dinner. The thing that stuck with me the most was there furniture. It had a deep rich shade and was super glossy!
I promise you, you won’t go wrong if you take your significant other for a date here!
As you might have already guessed, Haru is a Japanese restaurant. Obviously, all I wanted to try was sushi. A whole serving of sushi served in sweet rice plus sashimi will set you back Ksh. 2,000 to 2,500. To be fair, this serving is meant for two people. A glass of wine here costs about Ksh. 250.
A word of warning though- beware of the wasabi!
Dae Jang Geum
This is a Korean restaurant located on Kanjata Rd off James Gichuru Rd. Now, I’m not a big fan of seafood but they do have a lot of variety. From their noodles to pork, there’s something for everyone at this restaurant.
A starter here might cost you Ksh. 1,000 (I had prawns and kimchi) while a main dish ranges from Ksh. 1,500 and upwards.
What I liked about this restaurant was its style. They grilled the pork right there at our table! This would make for a perfect experience for you and your family.
This place is on Waiyaki Way right across the road from The Mall. Urban Eatery is the perfect place to go to if you like a clean, crisp and chic atmosphere. The place has high ceilings and lots of glass walls so you can always feel the sharp contrast of being in a peaceful atmosphere while watching the busy city life right outside.
Again, to be fair, I only went here to try the fried ice cream. I still have no idea how they make it. A scoop costs Ksh. 500 while a proper meal here costs Ksh. 1,500 and above.
If you want to have a formal dinner date with your significant other, Urban eatery is the place to go to.
So, Which One Was My Favourite?
Honestly, that’s a tough question. Nairobi has many fun places you can eat at. On certain days I prefer RocoMamas while on other days you’ll find me at Sabor having tacos.
I’d never want to choose between restaurants- I love them all!
Watch out for my next article on 5 Restaurants Two People Can Eat At For Less Than Ksh 2,500 In Nairobi!