Whether you’re visiting Nairobi as a tourist, visiting to have fun and adventure or visiting as a result of work, indulging your taste buds while in the bustling capital city of Kenya is never a boring experience. Nairobi is home to lots of restaurants, and they offer wide range of world class African and Continental cuisines, including Kenyan, Korean, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Ethiopian, Yugoslav, Indian, French, German, Mediterranean and European.
These 5 selected restaurants are some of the best in Nairobi, where you can enjoy variety of cuisines, ranging from Kenyan steaks to grilled ox balls, barbecues, Thai noodles, prawns, chapa kazi meats and more.
Although, you’ve found yourself in Nairobi, you can still enjoy good Thai food. Thai Chi, located at the Sarova Stanley Hotel has been named the most authentic Thai restaurant in East Africa. The restaurant has a formal, but comfortable, dining room dressed in gold and burgundy, and sculptures from Thailand.
At Thai Chi, you can enjoy deep-fried prawns on sugarcane, chicken satay, tender meat redolent of coconut milk, Pad Thai and a variety of other Thai cuisines. With everything looking and tasting so good,you’ll forget you’re in Nairobi, and not Thailand.
Located in National Bank Building, Tamarind is the most prestigious seafood restaurant in Nairobi. With a modern Arabic styled dining room, the restaurant offers a variety of seafood menu, ranging from hibiscus-flamed seafood to an exquisite seafood platter. Fresh fish, crab, lobster, prawns and mangrove oysters are deliciously cooked in a variety of ways. This a one stop point for seafood in Nairobi, where you can try Calamari Maridadi – a grilled calamari with olive oil, served with mixed green leaves and sweet red pepper salsa, deep-fried crab claws, garlic jumbo prawns, snapper walewska, steak, chicken and vegetarian entrees, good homemade sorbets, local freshwater fish and a cold glass of a South African sauvignon blancred.
Located in Karen, a wealthy suburb of Nairobi, Talisman is Kenya’s #1-rated restaurant on TripAdvisor, and has been described as “The best place in town” by New York Times Spirited Traveler. The restaurant’s dining has an attractive interior of Middle Eastern tapestry and Kenyan craft candle-lit al fresco. Talisman, one of Nairobi’s best restaurants, hosts series of regular exhibitions on African art and monthly food events. The restaurant offers a variety of continental menu, ranging from Japan to Zanzibar, Limuru to Mombasa.
Here, you can enjoy Zanzibar coconut seafood soup, sautéed ostrich fillet with potato gratin and pureed cauliflower, prawn tempura sushi roll, feta and coriander samosa, deluxe burger layered with apple slaw, bacon and cheese, spicy Turkish coffee paired with famous Malindi Indian halwa and up 20 different wines and champagnes.
Mandhari, located in the luxurious Serena hotel, is one of Nairobi’s most iconic dining experiences. By day it offers a Tuscan-styled outdoor terrace, tumbled with flowers and overlooking the sparkling blue of the pool. Also a stylishly informal indoor lounge and dining space, which lends itself to business and light leisure lunches alike. As night falls, the Mandhari undergoes a subtle change, the outdoor terrace makes the ideal venue for a Mediterranean-styled supper under the stars, while in the main restaurant, the candles, softened lights, exquisite table-settings, and gentle piano music are as conducive to an intimate dinner for two as they are to a gathering of friends, family or business associates.
Mandhari offers exquisite Italian, French and Spanish dishes. Here, you can enjoy smoked salmon for starters, followed by snapper and dessert from their lavish dessert trolley.
Canivore is Nairobi’s most famous nyama choma (barbecued meat) restaurant. Voted by UK magazine Restaurant to be among the 50 best restaurants in the world in 2002 and 2003, the restaurant attracts tourists, expats and wealthier locals. The restaurant is located at Lang’ata, and it houses a large barbecue pit, where swords of beef, pork, lamb, chicken and other farmed game meats are arranged.
With some game meat, like zebra, hartebeest and kudu now off the menu, you can enjoy barbecued camel, ostrich, crocodile, and other standard offerings, including – beef, lamb and pork. Dessert, coffee, soup, salads and sauces to go with the meat are also served.
At Carnivore, waiters keeps serving the barbecued meat as long as the paper flag carved right at the table is flying. If you want to take a little break from enjoying the enticing barbecued meat, you can tip the flag over temporarily.