Vol 2.12 | December 2016
HAPPY HOLIDAYS DINER EN BLANC We’ve got the recap of this annual event
XMAS RECIPES Don’t know what to cook this xmas? We do.
DISCOVER MALINDI Get scoop the on where to stay, visit, eat and more!
’TIS THE SEASON The fairy lights are up, those somewhat creepy dancing Santas are stationed outside every supermarket and you’re just about to give in to the fact that after one crazy year you now have every right to switch off and indulge! I’m an absolute sucker for Christmas, a marketers dream if you will! I actually don’t mind that the marketing seems to start earlier every year. I genuinely love Christmas compilation albums and take no issue with the fact that every advertisement is guilt tripping me into spending all my hard earned cash on gifts for everyone but myself. It’s the one time of year that folks are collectively happy and that’s a beautiful thing. I’ll gladly surrender my wallet and waistline for some Christmas cheer! It’s been an incredible year for Yummy. We’ve grown our magazine thanks to our loyal readers, launched the magazine in Uganda and will do the same in Rwanda and Tanzania next year. The stories uncovered of our continent’s blossoming culinary
scene show that it is something to be proud of and to be documented. East Africa’s restaurant industry in particular is thriving, with next year promising to be even better with the sheer amount of establishments rumoured to be setting up shop. As you kick back with your Yummy and a glass of something stiff this month, be sure to flip to page 32 to read about our Fearless Chef’s deep sea adventures off the coast of Mozambique. Take note of all the best spots to hit this festive season from page 18. Then read Susan Wong’s latest restaurant review, where she claims to have practically licked her plate of Spaghetti Scampi clean at Havana, on page 42. Between the provocative artwork, hearty menu and crimson walls that hold the secrets of
many tipsy Havana nights, if you’ve never eaten here before, you’ll now be convinced! It’s only fitting that we bring you a few festive dishes to help inspire your own holiday feast on page 48. I personally go weak in the knees for a perfectly roast turkey, with each serving soaked in a pool of rich gravy made from the sticky remnants on the bottom of my roasting pan. While many of our top restaurants will offer up exceptionally delicious Christmas menus, for those who do not want to be anywhere near a kitchen, I plan to spend Christmas day fiddling over complicated puddings and stuffing several turkeys while knocking back an impressive amount of wine in my glorious comfy pants. There will undoubtedly be plenty
of drinking and eating this season so buckle up… Or down, depending on how many servings of Christmas pudding you inhale. From all of us at Yummy, we wish you and your family the happiest of holidays! May it be filled with love, laughter and blessings for the new year.
Michelle Slater General Manager
NEWS & EVENTS We’re bringing you the hottest parties and events happening around Nairobi this holiday season.
Heading to the beach this Christmas? Get the insider guide on the best places to visit when you’re in the area.
DEEP DIVE Fearless Chef Kiran Jethwa fishes for Dogtooth Tuna off the coast of Mozambique in the next episode of his show.
BEST SEAT Chef Ray steps out of the kitchen and into a bar to tell us about a bars culture in the culinary world.
HAVANA GREAT NIGHT Susan Wong heads to popular Westlands bar Havana and discovers delicious food from a seasoned chef.
MASTER CHEF We speak to head chef at Sikia, Crowne Plaza Chef Josheph Wamoto about his experiences and meeting Gordon Ramsay.
46 BREW TIME We go behind the scenes at the beloved Big Five Breweries lead by Master Brewer Aleem Ladak.
THIS IS WESTIE A night out on the town with Jackson Biko is one that’ll always lead to an interesting story.
CHRISTMAS RECIPES Christmas means family, friends, and good food! Take your holiday Christmas party to the next level with these delicious recipes.
YUMMY Vol. 2.12 · December 2016 · PUBLISHED BY EATOUT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. MANAGING DIRECTOR Mikul Shah GM Michelle Slater EDITOR Soni Adriance DESIGN Rachel Mwangi SALES, MARKETING & OPERATIONS Anne Kisang, Daniel Muthiani, Devna Vadgama, Fred Mwithiga, Fridah Gumba, Gilbert Chege, Joy Wairimu, Seina Naimasiah, Winnie Wangui CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Katy Fentress CONTRIBUTORS Ami Doshi Shah, Annabel Onyango, Anyiko Owoko, Chef Ray Cournede, Ben Ogombe, Jackson Biko, Katherine Liew, Susan Wong, Wanjiku Mungai PHOTOGRAPHY Tatiana Karanja IT Kelvin Jayanoris SALES INQUIRIES Call Yummy, 0711 22 22 22 EMAIL email@example.com
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LAST MONTH’S LUCKY WINNER OF 2 VIP TICKETS TO JAMESON CONNECTS KENYA WAS DOREEN ADHIAMBO.
DEAR YUMMY WIN DINNER FOR TWO AT THE SIKIA FINE DINING RESTAURANT AT THE CROWNE PLAZA IN UPPER HILL
Dear Editor, It was Written In The Stars that I will definitely be drinking Jameson Whiskey Sour when bumping to Tinie Tempah because that’s what Girls Like. :-) Cheers, Doreen Dear Doreen, CONGRATULATIONS you have won 2 VIP tickets to the Jameson Connects Kenya party on December 3rd! We hope you enjoy the concert and your whiskey sour cocktail. Keep an eye out for Dear Yummy contests in the future for more prizes to be won! Kind regards, Soni Adriance
This month, we’re giving away dinner for two prepared by Chef Joseph Wamoto at the Sikia Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza Hotel! All you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you think of this month’s issue and what you’d like for us to cover in the new year! If you’ve missed previous copies of Yummy, you can always download back issues through www.issuu.com/getyummy
TRIPLE THREAT Italian, Persian and Turkish Delights at the Toranj Restaurant Italian, Persian and Turkish Cuisine all in one restaurant? If you haven’t been to Toranj, you’re going to want to make your next dinner reservation there. With a wide variety of delicious cuisines on the menu, a beautiful garden and peaceful ambiance, the Toranj restaurant located on 912 James Gichuru Road will delight your tastebuds everyday from 11AM to 11PM. www.eatout.co.ke/toranj
NEW NOOK Get a Dose of Nook Cafe’s Ever Changing Menu Tucked away in the Akamba Court off Woodlands Lane in Hurlingham is a cosy cafe using free range and organic ingredients whenever possible to create daily menus. With an ever-changing menu, Nook Cafe promises you exciting and healthy food at an affordable cost. They also have a great selection of coffee, in-house cold brew and a choice of pastries to please your sweet tooth. Make sure you try out their Mexican tacos with handmade chorizo sauce when you pay them a visit! www.eatout.co.ke/nook
NACHO PROBLEM! Nachos, Tacos and More at the Burrito Bar Have you been dying to indulge in some good old Mexican food? Welcome to the Burrito Bar! Set at the Aden Valley Serviced Apartments on Valley Road, this new restaurant whips up some delicious burritos, tacos, nachos plus lots more! Craving one right now? They’re open from 12PM to 8PM daily. Make sure you try their naked burritos. www.eatout.co.ke/burrito-bar
YUMMY SOCIAL SCENE
DINER EN BLANC In 1988 Francois Pasquier founded Diner en Blanc as a way to meet with old friends, make new ones and enjoy great food in a beautiful outdoor space. This one-of-a-kind tradition has now spread to over 80 cities worldwide. On Saturday November 26th, Diner en Blanc was back for itâ€™s second edition in Nairobi at Garden City Village with 600 guests in attendance who were dressed to impress in all white as per Diner en Blanc tradition.
POP SHOP & SIP
Homegrown lifestyle retail brand Republi.ke partnered with Artcaffe Westgate to present a Made-In-Kenya FASHION X ART pop-up market showcasing and celebrating emerging Kenyan fashion design. Over 20 contemporary Kenyan design brands were represented including Kungâ€™ara, Blackfly, Wazawazi, Tullia, Let Love Grow, Kangarui, Onkoba, Bongosawa, Monoxrome, and One Hundred Years. Pop, Shop & Sip will be back on December 21st at Artcaffe Grand from 5PM - 10PM.
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WITH JACOB ASIYO QUARTET | EVERY WEDNESDAY | 8:00 - 11:00PM |ARTCAFFE GRAND, WESTGATE MALL EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IS HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH. STRICTLY NOT TO BE SOLD TO PERSONS UNDER 18 YEARS
NEWS & EVENTS
24K MAGIC 24 bottles of wine for one great price! If you’re planning an epic Christmas party or looking for the perfect gift for a budding wine lover, indulge in MIA Wines incredible Christmas offer! Get 24 bottles of wine for only Ksh 24,000. You’ll get a beautifully wrapped gift, 15 bottles of red wine, 6 bottles of white wine, 2 bottles of rosé and one bottle of bubbly! Celebrate Christmas in style and in wine this year with MIA Wines.
WEDNESDAY VIBE Get in the groove and get with the vibe with great Remy Martin cocktails! If the weekend seems too far away and you need an excuse to catch up with your crew on a Wednesday over some exclusive Remy Martin cocktails, The Wednesday Vibe at News Cafe is definitely a plan. Enjoy Remy Martin cocktails from Ksh 600 or grab a bottle of Remy Martin VSOP at the exclusive price of Ksh 10,000 all coupled with great DJ entertainment from VJ Mopreme every Wednesday from 5PM. Find Remy Martin selected venues in Nairobi via #RemyMartinKE.
BEACH LIFE All roads lead to Diani for Beachlife NYE 2017 It’s all about sun, sand and great music as you crossover into the new year at this years Beachlife NYE 2017 party at the Safari Beach Hotel in Diani. This years edition promises to be even bigger and better with live sets from two international acts: Marcus Schossow from Sweden and Cueber from South Africa plus a host of local acts. Advance tickets will retail for Ksh 4,000 with VIP tickets for Ksh 10,000. See you there!
#DISTURBING NAIROBI Jameson Connects Kenya was a unique new experience that brought together international acts Tinie Tempah and Tim Westwood alongside a line-up of local Kenyan artists and DJ’s. It was a festival experience with the best food, fun, music and of course Jameson. Jameson Connects Kenya gave party goers the opportunity to open themselves up to new possibilities and experiences, turning strangers into friends. Some of the ‘Bond & Connect’ experiences were: the Sneaker Showcase, the barber shop, Jamie Pong, Foosball, punch machine and the football zone showing the big football matches of the day.
DJ Big Bear & Renee Kamau (Jameson Brand Manager)
CHIC AFFAIR With a glass of champagne and elaborate dainty appetizers, guests were welcomed to the annual Tribal Chic Fashion Show at The Tribe Hotel, on the 3rd of December.
A splendid showcase of some of the boldest and finest designers in Kenya’s contemporary fashion scene took place over four hours, interspersed with canapés and ice cream, a performance by Sauti Sol. Capital FM’s Wanjira Longauer and Patricia Kihoro, kept the conversation running while Blinky Bill kept the decks on fire throughout the event.
NEWS & EVENTS
#BEACH PLEASE The Hakuna Matata Festival goes to Mombasa this New Year’s Eve! The Hakuna Matata Festival is heading to Mombasa! Celebrate the new year at the newly renovated Nyali International Beach Hotel this December. With entertainment by DJ Kace, Joe Mfalme, DJ Protege and more great local acts, this year’s event is shaping up to be an epic one. Advance tickets are Ksh 2,000 and tickets at the gate are Ksh 2,500.
KILIFI WILD PARADISE CHRISTMAS 36 hours of great music and good vibes at the Kilifi New Year Party If you’re heading to Kilifi for the new year celebrations, you better not miss out on the Kilifi New Year 2016/2017 party! Get ready to enjoy a radical, creative, two-day explosion of music and tropical beach culture set on the gorgeous banks of Kilifi Creek in southern Kenya. Performers from around East Africa and the world will come together to put on a unique, technicolour show as part of a camping experience perfect for the new year. Tickets are Ksh 6,000 and are limited so make sure you get yours before they run out.
Dreaming of a wild Christmas? Check out Ole Sereni’s Christmas Bush BBQ! Stuck on how to celebrate Christmas this year? Why not switch it up and spend your christmas in the wild. Ole Sereni will be hosting a special Christmas Bush BBQ from 2PM to 8PM at the Nairobi National Park with a two hour game drive followed by an evening barbecue with a live DJ and bonfire! Only advance bookings allowed so make your reservation early to secure your spot. Charges for citizens are Ksh. 6,000, for residents Ksh. 8,000, for non-residents Ksh. 12,000 and for kids under 12 years it’s 50% OFF. Charges are inclusive of park fees, game drive and BBQ with live DJ
FELICE ANNIVERSARIO La Dolce Vita recently celebrated their 15 year anniversary in memory of founder Ricardo Fiore who started the restaurant in Decemeber of 2001. Hosted by the late Ricardo’s sister, Patrizia Fiora, guests were treated to an exquisite 15 course tasting menu on Thursday 8th December. It goes without saying that La Dolce Vita is the very essence of it’s Italian name which means ‘The Good Life’.
ARTCAFFE KAHAWA DIARIES WE TALK TO JASON CORDER THE CEO/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AT CORDER PRODUCTIONS ABOUT HOW HE LIKES HIS COFFEE AND EXCITING PLANS FOR THE NEW YEAR! What do you do for a living? I run my own production company here in Nairobi that creates a range of content for the digital market. I also do a number of cultural projects each year for various US embassies across the continent, earning me the wonderfully vague title of Cultural Envoy. What is your morning routine? Wake up. Stare at the ceiling. Contemplate life. Contemplate death. Go back to sleep. Repeat. How did you get started in the entertainment industry? After 20+ years as an abstract painter, I sort of fell into it here in Nairobi, first as an actor (Changes, Mali, Rugged Priest, commercials, Stay, Intellectual Scum, Oh-Bama), then as a scriptwriter, then as a producer and I’ve finally graduated to the role of deranged manic mzungu boss, equally loved and feared by my team, the poor kids. Would you say the industry is fueled by caffeine? Absolutely. That’s certainly why I drink it. At
the same time, people do love the flavour, the pleasure of taking a hot drink, the smell, the colour. However I know people who drink decaf, which has only a tiny amount of caffeine, and still love their coffee daily. What’s been one of your favourite projects to work on? Has to be producing my own show, “Stay,” a drama series about an interracial couple in Nairobi, starring Mkamzee Mwatela. It was incredibly fun to work with 25 young amazing talented Kenyans. The pressure is intense and that’s why I love it :) What’s your favourite nightlife spot to frequent? There’s a new place I found on the 11th floor of what is Cloud Hotel at Diamond Plaza. It’s so trippy and they actually have organic California wine from my home region as their house wine, only 300 bob a glass! The white plastic chairs are each lit up like Xmas lights and need I say more…
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SUPER DUPER Bad Mambo Productions brought multi-platinum singer and songwriter Joss Stone to Kenya for a performance at Purdy Arms as part of her Total World Tour. I got an exclusive interview with her and asked 10 Yummy questions. What food/drink items are on your rider and why? We always have healthy snacks like salad and dips on there and a few drinks that the band tends to tuck into but nothing elaborate really. One thing I do ask for is plenty of water for me and my singers, and and I like my lemon, ginger and honey tea..that helps my voice. Coffee or tea? Tea, definitely tea. What 5 food items are always in your kitchen? Baked beans, a nice bar of chocolate, eggs, cheese and there is usually a pot of humous in the fridge. What’s the weirdest gift you’ve ever received from a fan? Hmmm, I don’t really know. I once had a letter from a fan asking for a gift from me. If someone was to buy you a drink at the bar, what would you order? Depends on my mood, it could be a beer or if I’m feeling in a celebratory mood then a glass of bubbly goes down well.
What’s your go-to midnight snack? I think a piece of good chocolate goes down pretty well at all times of the day. What’s your all time favourite meal? It’s beany pancakes. They were my favourite growing up and I still love them now. It’s just beans and cheese, wrapped in a crepe with pasatta and cheese on top then baked. Biggest restaurant pet peeve? Nothing vegetarian on the menu, its 2016 for goodness’ sake! Why did you decide to go vegetarian? I have been veggie forever because my parents bought us up that way. The reason I stay vegetarian is that I don’t want to eat living creatures. I’m not preachy about it, I understand that not everyone feels that way but I personally don’t see the point of doing that if we can go and get a veggie burger quite easily. What was the biggest challenge going vegetarian? Because I have never eaten meat or fish, I don’t miss anything or find it challenging really. You can’t miss what you never had.
Kiran Jethwa is the Chef & Co-Owner of Nairobiâ€™s award winning Seven Restaurant. His TV show, the Fearless Chef, has aired in over 100 countries on National Geographic & now on Channel 4 in the UK.
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Fishing has always been one of my greatest passions so it should come as no surprise that, in what has been one of my favourite episodes of The Fearless Chef.
Dive into the Indian Ocean with Chef Kiran as he recounts an adventure to capture a Dogtooth Tuna on the fourth episode of The Fearless Chef. I try to relax as much as possible before filling my lungs with air and diving down into the ocean. This is my first attempt at diving to such depths without oxygen and while descending isn’t difficult with my large fins, the pressure is excruciating. I look up to see a thirty-metre tower of water above me, I feel like an elephant is standing on my chest and I’m finding it hard to focus (although I can see that I’m surrounded by sharks). Then, just as I’m on the verge of giving up I spot it: a Dogtooth tuna, the holy grail of spearfishing! To the best of my fading abilities I aim my spear gun and unbelievably, hit him! But my spear doesn’t stick and I feel I’m close to drowning so I shoot back up and by the time I breach the surface I’ve been under for over three minutes. Hit by an uncontrollable wave of exhaustion and seasickness I proceed to throw up all over the deck . Fishing has always been one of my greatest passions so it should come as no surprise that, in what has been one of my favourite episodes of The Fearless Chef, I insisted on checking off an important item off my bucket list: plunging into the deep waters off the coast of Mozambique to go spearfishing for one of the world’s most delicious but difficult fish to catch - Dogtooth tuna.
Our destination, Vamizi island, lies off Mozambique’s northern coast in the Quirimbas Archipelago. Our plane lands amidst a blustery thunderstorm but as it gradually moves away, I am able to take in this beautiful island paradise. I start to feel nervous as I think about the task ahead. To snag the “Doggy” I’ll have to dive without oxygen into shark infested waters using one of the most dangerous methods of fishing in the world. To assist me with this monumental mission, I have called in the help of an expert - Cameron Kirkconnell, a 13time spearfishing world record holder. Cameron teaches me breathing techniques that are the key to successful freediving. He tells me to take deep breaths into the diaphragm to oxygenate the blood and slow exhales to drop the heart rate and relax the body. If I want to stay under for long, I have to keep calm. Easier said than done! At the end of the breathing session I’m feeling tingly but manage to stay under for a whole three and a half minutes. With the sun slowly setting we bid farewell to Vamizi. We’re sailing 70 Nautical miles overnight to the St. Lazarus Banks – our hunting ground for Dogtooth tuna. When we arrive we’re in the middle of the ocean, with no other boats or land to be seen. It’s an incredible feeling but I can’t enjoy
it for long as it’s soon time to get in the water. Back on deck after my unsuccessful attempt at spearing the tuna, Cameron is smiling at me with badly disguised amusement. He then proceeds to tell me I look green but suggests running back up current to do another dive. Though I can’t
think of anything I’d rather do less, I’m not willing to give up quite yet. Still feeling ill, I have to hurry and make my descent. In the depths I see a huge fish circling the bait, it’s not a Dogtooth but a Wahoo - another delicious game fish. I thrust my spear at the Wahoo and success! As the Wahoo swims hurriedly away, I have
to work quickly while trying to keep my eye on him. It’s a tough struggle but I manage to land my catch and proudly bring the 17 kilo fish to the surface. Now if we can just bag one of the Dogtooths, it’ll make our day complete. I look into the water and realise that sharks, attracted by the smell of blood, are circling the boat. With so much unwanted attention we’ll only have one more shot so Cameron takes the plunge leaving me to fend off the predators. It’s not long before he spots a Dogtooth tuna 30 meters down, swimming along the rocky bank… Bull’s eye! The buoy above goes haywire; the Dogtooth is immensely strong and pulls the buoy under water. Eventually the buoy emerges and Cameron goes in for the fight. After a long struggle, he manages to haul in our prize. With the sharks all over us, time is long overdue to get out of the water. Back aboard the yacht, I prepare a sumptuous meal of panfried loin of Dogtooth tuna, with a reduction of tuna belly and coconut for Cameron and the crew. As we eat the delicious fish, I think to myself that this really has been the trip of a lifetime. Despite the physical and mental challenge of spearfishing, we managed to get what we came for which makes it all oh so worth it.
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LIVE FROM NAIROBI Charity Keita is over back in town for the holidays and loves how the live music scene is moving ahead in leaps and bounds.
step out of the taxi the moment the rain starts to bucket it down. I have less than a hundred meters to walk but I can see that I am going to get utterly drenched. In front of me four blondes march deftly through the onslaught, they are all wearing wellies and raincoats. I chide myself for having failed to check the weather; earlier that day while I was putting on my pretty red Italian ballerinas and a dress bought during the August sales, the fact that the short rains had not yet made an appearance had totally failed to register. We are at the Joss Stone concert at the Purdy Arms in Karen put on by Bad Mambo Productions. Not my usual Nairobi haunt but a gaggle of my best girlfriends surprised me with tickets when I arrived a day earlier
and who was I to say no? After collecting our tickets we are escorted under large umbrellas to the main tent; on stage Tetu “Troubadour” Shani is captivating the crowd with his enchanting guitar skills and soothing vocals, behind us more people stream in and I begin to suspect that this is one event that people are willing to brave the downpour for. On the night of my arrival Blinky Bill was on stage at the Alchemist, I couldn’t help notice how in the six months since I’ve been away the popularity of everyone’s favourite Westy haunt hasn’t waned one bit. Live music and international acts definitely seem to be on the up. Back in April, I was thrilled to attend the Blankets and Wine Aloe Blacc concert, when he began belting out “The Man” I distinctly remember singing along
and feeling that somehow this was a feminist song (yeah I’d drank a few glasses of wine by that point, maybe I was confused). Then there’s Kenya Nights who strive to bring some of the biggest names in house and dance music to an ecstatic audience, not exactly my cup of tea but judging by the strong attendance undoubtedly crowd pleasers. Koroga has made it their business to bring every major African name to their monthly events and I feel my chest swell with pride every time I see a new picture of the Sauti Sol tour bus parked up in some far flung corner of the country. My point is that the scene is not static, sure there is always space to grow and Kenyan live artists can learn a lot from their international counterparts but gone are the days when festivals and live gigs were few and far
between and focused mainly on popular Caribbean reggae artists. Back at the Purdy Arms when Joss Stone finally gets on stage, the tent is bursting at the seams. She plays her set, twirls her pretty blond hair, engages with the crowd and is off. I can’t say she’s my favourite singer, I find her music too often ers on the side of commercial. That said though, the crowd of a thousand plus attendees that surround me are a sign that Nairobians are increasingly happy to dig into their pockets to go and see live music, whether homegrown, African or from Northerly lands. This surely is proof that we are headed in the right direction and all the promoters who are taking the risk to make events like these happen, deserve nothing but praise.
BEST SEAT For most chefs, bars are an essential part of their routine. They get to meet and mingle with other chefs after a long day’s work. Chef Ray tells us about bar culture within kitchens and the importance of seriously good bar-side eats. (The theme tune to Cheers is playing repeatedly in my head.)
like sitting at a bar. In fact, it is by far my preferred choice. Nairobi has some incredible late night watering holes with some seriously good eats. Amongst my favourites are Havana’s and Gipsy’s who despite being primarily bars, serve up seriously noteworthy food. Back in the day it used to be simple. There were bars and there were restaurants. You always knew exactly where you stood, especially when it came to bar food – stale supermarket crisps and dodgy peanut bowls designed to be eaten yet forgotten, a mere sidekick to a night out, never demanding the spotlight from your whiskey infused mates. But drinking and snacking have had a perfectly
symbiotic relationship for centuries. Drinkers have always needed quick, uncomplicated sustenance to keep them coherent and upright. A number of different cultures figured this out some time ago. From sushi houses to Spanish tapas bars and Italian aperitivo, the food in these establishments was served as fuel for a night out without the fuss of dining in a restaurant. For these cultures, bar dining has been a tradition passed down from generation to generation and taken as seriously as any presidential election. These guys invented responsible drinking! In more recent years the rise of the craft cocktail has had a delicious side effect on snack menus everywhere. We can now find tuna tartare cones or scaled down fois-topped burgers at many cocktail bars around the world. Foodies can now rejoice at the fact
that we can add an extra meal to our day, the late-night Brinner, consumed sometime between dinner and breakfast. The restaurant industry has picked up on this movement too and many establishments now serve their full A la Carte menu bar-side. We are seeing more people choosing the bar stool as their preferred dining choice, taking a break from the formality of the restaurant dining room while still being able to eat the melt-inyour-mouth duck confit! Free from the commitment of a three-course meal and without having to make a reservation. The bar counter truly is the ideal spot for the spontaneous, yet delicious night out. When Joel Robuchon opened his first bar style, late night, L’Atelier in Paris in 2003, people were astounded by the idea that you could eat awe-inspiring food
in such a low-key way, he certainly gave the bar counter culinary credibility. And, as a result made our late nights far more palatable. For most chefs, bars are an essential part of our sanity. It’s where we go and unwind after the long hours and late nights, where we go to joke, laugh and indulge in some friendly competition with other chefs, comparing battle wounds and horror stories. It’s home to a lot of our innovation and creativity as we sit over a vodka tonic discussing new techniques and equipment or simply throwing ideas around. After all, what is better than sharing mindblowing food with great friends and interesting conversation (preferably) at a bar where everybody knows your name.
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HAVANA GREAT NIGHT Susan Wong discovers delicious seafood dishes in Havana, one of Westlands’ most happening weekend bars.
hings are often not what they seem. Often the times my friends thought my life was the most exciting have also been the times when I’ve felt most creatively challenged and that I’m not doing enough. A man can proclaim that they love you but his actions tell another story. Friends comment on your flawless curves but you struggle with the discomfort of your slimming body shaper. You drive a luxury car but can’t afford the upkeep. Here’s another one: you expect mediocre pub food at a tired Havana Bar that only gets packed from Thursday and are surprised to find an absolutely delightful dining experience that even features some of the tastiest prawns you’ve had in a while. To be fair, I’ve only dined at Havana a couple of times; the rest of my visits are a collection of disjointed memories, probably thanks to the popular bar that when crowded overflows onto the street. Those that have dared to venture to the back of the establishment will however know that there lies a delicious secret, a restaurant that’s been led by the same chef for more than a decade and one who loves seafood. “I’m a seafood kind of guy,” Chef Kimani chuckles during my most recent visit. The kitchen veteran beams with pride. Kimani first joined Havana 16 years ago as a steward and steadily rose up the ranks. Never would I have imagined that behind the soft-spoken and humble character
was a talented and creative man that showcases his charisma through the food he serves. The gold stamped leather-bound menu is a long one, about 10 pages. It’s old and page edges roll and ripple thanks no doubt to a few spilled drinks over the years. Flipping through it feels strangely exciting and humbling at the same time. A chef weekly dinner special helps you navigate through a collection of dishes with a global influence. My companion and I start our meal with Lamb Tacos with Prawns – a marvelous combination of super soft braised lamb leg, perfectly cooked butterflied-prawns, fresh leaves of mint, pomegranate, slices of red bullet chilis, spring onions, tomatoes and topped with Tzatziki sauce. A squeeze of fresh lime juice make this a mouth-watering beginning. A Fish Taco that features two deep-fried battered fillets follows. Its fillings include a classic spread of guacamole, which serves as the perfect creamy bed for the crispy fish to nestle on and is topped with red cabbage slaw and a sprig of mint. The Sweet-Chilli Glazed Tiger Prawns arrives tender, juicy and savoury with a sweetened kick. It is a very harmonious dish that showcases Chef Kimani’s obvious talent for cooking seafood to perfection. Next, a simple plate of Grilled Calamari, Chorizo and Prawns topped with fried Quail Eggs exudeds both finesse and charisma. The smokey spicy sausage gives the mild-flavoured calamari
some personality and its scored knife marks drank-up most of the flavoured oil and juices. Again, the prawns are cooked perfectly, complemented by the assertive flavour of quail, which stands-up to the strong flavours of each ingredient. I am convinced the Lamb Tacos and the Grilled Calamari are my favourites until I nearly lick the plate of the Spaghetti Scampi, which feature prawns and calamari with a simple garlic and white wine sauce uplifted by fresh basil, pine nuts, cherry tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, red chilli flakes and parmesan. My favourite dish also arrives with deep-fried squid tentacles as a delicious garnish. My least favourite is the Chef’s version of Lasagne, which could be likened to a giant package of slowly braised beef – shoulder and soft cheeks – in red wine and bacon bits, finally topped with béchamel sauce.
I am convinced the Lamb Tacos and the Grilled Calamari are my favourites until I nearly lick the plate of the Spaghetti Scampi!
The dish is a meat lover’s confused dream. Super rich and too many powerful flavours that struggle to find space for one another. But if this is any redeeming virtue, they have marvellous garlic bread! Stay for dessert. The Toffee Cake with Caramel, warm Chocolate Fondant with an oozing center that lures you and syrup soaked Crêpe Suzette are all well-executed classics. There’s a brief wine list and an extensive malts and spirits menu – as one would expect from a bar. The service is spotty as waiters are easily distracted by thirsty patrons. On a slow day, lunch or early in the evening, the staff are attentive and confident. We sit beyond the bar in the back corner where fiery red and orange walls feature black and white photos of street scenes from Cuba. White linens drape the tables and featured lighting makes the intimate restaurant space distinctly different from the bar. It does get a little bit smoky after the kitchen starts cooking, but nothing unexpected from a popular, comfortable-but-basic, and unglamorous bar. The music, salsa, keeps the atmosphere in the restaurant area intimate, sexy, and drowns away the spilling conversations from the bar. Surely it can’t be any good, or if it is, it’s going to be really expensive. Because, y’know, it’s Westlands! Right? For great food, especially seafood, you normally would head to the suburbs, never to the centre of nightlife; but Havana on Nairobi’s “Electric Avenue” is the exception.
WIN DINNER FOR TWO! Amid the sizzle and sound of a busy kitchen, a rush of adrenaline courses through his veins giving him a buzz that has powered him for the 15 years since he became a chef.
Check out â€˜Dear Yummyâ€™ on page 10 for details
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MASTER CHEF Chef Joseph Wamoto is the head chef at Sikia, Crowne Plaza. Cooking has always been a part of his life and we sit down with him to learn about his journey to becoming a chef which entails a cameo on Gordon Ramsay’s MasterChef.
here is only one moment throughout our conversation when Joseph Wamoto breaks out of his carefully measured persona in response to a question, mirth shines in his eyes as the laughter echoes from his stomach and across Sikia Hotel on the mezzanine floor of the Crowne Plaza in Upper Hill, Nairobi. The 60 person restaurant has been set up for a fine dining experience - replete with spotless white tablecloths and napkins, polished silver and glassware - and the room is mostly quiet. Some people might prefer this lull but it is the storm that Joseph lives for. Amid the sizzle and sound of a busy kitchen, a rush of adrenaline courses through his veins giving him a buzz that has powered him for the 15 years since he became a chef. In reality, Joseph’s first “Head Chef” title was tongue-in-cheek and wasn’t earned at a fine dining establishment but back when he was 10 years old and had become a fixture in his family kitchen. Recognising the potential of the hospitality industry in Kenya, his parents sent him to culinary school in London after he had finished secondary school, where he trained and studied for a number of years in various establishments. In 2007, he returned to East Africa to build both Artcaffe in Nairobi and Breezes Hotel in Zanzibar from the ground up. Then, 6 years ago, he joined Crowne Plaza as Head Chef and today works a steady schedule of workdays that are uninterrupted for most of the year. Joseph is up and about by 5AM and
after that, events rapidly blur into one another as he moves from one meal to the next: going through lunches and dinners, supervising the team of chefs under his care and managing all five restaurants at Crowne Plaza. Before he knows it, it’s 10PM and he leaves the restaurant to wake up early the next morning and repeat the same series of activities. Given his demeanour throughout our conversation, I imagine that Joseph is less of a Gordon Ramsay type and more like a Yodi in the kitchen: commanding obedience by the sheer will of his calm yet firm energy. However, Joseph tells me that the two chefs have more in common than meets the eye: for one, both Joseph and the fiery British chef-turned-television-personality played sports before embarking on their cooking
career: where Gordon Ramsay played football as a teen, Joseph Wamoto was a professional rugby player on the Kenyan Nondies Rugby Football Club. Another is a shared appearance on MasterChef in 2000, when Joseph was a commis trainee chef at The Fairmont in London. I ask if there are any misconceptions that he has experienced in relation to his job and without a beat, he responds that he has always felt very respected for his work. Anything he doesn’t like? Joseph, ever positive, shakes his head and states easily, “I enjoy the job fully” but with a caveat, there is some disappointment when he encounters a customer who doesn’t like his food. Like the buzz of a busy kitchen, guest feedback is the other thing that sustains him. “Feedback gives us direction, “ he says. With a mischievous
twinkle in his eye, he recalls a time when, after ordering and sampling a plate of steak tartare, a guest sent it back to the kitchen complaining, “You’ve given me raw meat!” On the other hand, he glows at a compliment which he received during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit last year, when, after observing him at his work for the days of the conference, a member of the US envoy told him, “I would like to be like you.” When he tells me about cooking in his family kitchen as a 10 year old, I ask him what he thinks of people who say that boys should not be in the kitchen. Joseph chuckles heartily before responding, “I think there’s something that they’re missing out. Cooking does not have a gender.” What it does require, he adds, is the resilience to the early mornings and late nights and the ability to thrive under pressure. In his free time, when he has it, you will find him watching a game of rugby with his friends, or dining out with his family, or watching a cooking show. One of Joseph’s favourite cooking shows, naturally, is MasterChef. It was thanks to his appearance on the show that Joseph obtained a job at the five star Savoy Hotel which in turn inspired him to pay it forward by mentoring young chefs in Kenya, for whom he has a few key words of wisdom: “Discipline is key. Be ready to learn and be creative.” Above all, he adds, “Be patient for growth.”
PRODUCER YUMMY TO PLATE
BREW TIME Brew Bistro Master Brewer and Managing Director Aleem Ladak has always had the mission of growing the craft brewing industry in Kenya. Aleem shares how he does this and the success behind the Brew Bistro brand. We meet with Aleem Ladak Master Brewer and Managing Director of Big Five Breweries Ltd, otherwise notoriously known as Brew Bistro and Lounge, at the Piedmont Plaza branch on Ngong Road. Aleem has been brewing his own beers for 20 years; he started home brewing beer and wine when he was in Montreal whilst in university. Although Aleem went to university to study chemical engineering, he switched majors to food technology when he discovered
his passion for brewing. While pursuing a degree in Food Science, he worked at multiple craft breweries in Montreal and later received a masters in brewing and distilling in Berlin, Germany. In December 2009 Aleem decided to bring the craft of micro brewing back home when he opened Brew Bistro Lounge in Piedmont Plaza which, at the time, was still mostly under construction. Although the concept of micro breweries was
still new to the market, Aleem was confident he could make it work by building an experience around the brewery. The heart of Brew Bistro has always been the Big Five Brewery: the bar, restaurant and lounge were built to create an experience around the Brew Bistro brand. “When you introduce a new brand to the market and the experience is not there, it’s very hard to create demand for your product” says Aleem about starting a new venture “We wanted people
to know Big Five Breweries for the craft beer and Brew Bistro Lounge for the experience and view both as premium Kenyan brands. For the first three years it was tough but I think we’ve achieved what we wanted over the last six years. People know the Big Five as the beer and Brew Bistro as the experience”. The five core beers of the Big Five brewery consist of four ales and one lager. Each core beer is named after one of the Big Five animals and
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it’s respective brewing style. Brew Bistro also brew seasonal beers and recently worked with Jameson East Africa on their Brew Barrel campaign to produce Enkare, Masaai for ‘cool water’. The Brew Barrel campaign was inspired by Jameson’s global project, Caskmates and Brew Bistro was the fifth brewery chosen globally to participate in this project. Aleem travelled to Ireland to meet with Head of Whiskey Science David Quinn in the Jameson distillery and learn about the whiskey making process. He then travelled back to Nairobi with Jameson whiskey barrels and brewed a Belgian style triple ale which aged in the barrels for 16 weeks. The beer extracts flavours from the barrels creating a full bodied beer with a malty character and notes of spice, pepper and vanilla from the whiskey. “Jameson is very passionate about their product, just like we are. When you look at Enkare and taste it, you’ll see the passion of both industries in that product” Aleem says of the partnership. We take a walk through the small brewery in the heart of Brew Bistro as Aleem describes the brewing
process. “When someone drinks a beer they don’t see the technical aspect, people see a beer as a beer but to make a good product is extremely challenging. It’s all about time, temperature and the quality of the raw materials” says Aleem as he compares the art of brewing beer to that of cooking. Brew Bistro works with select suppliers in Europe for their raw product and conduct physical checks in Nairobi. The raw material is checked, milled and mixed with water to extract the natural sugars. The mixture is then filtered to get a thick sugar syrup and remove the outer husks of the grain. The syrup is then boiled for about 90 minutes at which point hops are added. Depending on the time in which the hops are added determines the flavour and aroma imparted to the beer. The product is then cooled and passed into a fermenter where yeast is added. Depending on whether an ale or a lager is being produced determines the type of yeast used, as well as the fermentation temperature. The main difference between an ale and a lager is a lager is always clean, crisp
and slightly bitter whereas an ale has slight fruitiness and more floral aromatics. Aleem attributes Brew Bistro’s success to the experiences they create, their collaborations and great staff. Brew Bistro is run in a family style with his wife Soraiya leading marketing and himself, the Master Brewer. In collaboration with a local NGO, Brew Bistro has a performancebased scholarship fund, the Nairobi Slums Scholarship Fund which started in 2013 and currently supports 25 kids. Kids supported by this fund have performed well in primary school but do not have the means to attend secondary school or university and the fund allows them to do so. Proceeds from events such as Brew Bistro’s Oktoberfest go toward this program and Aleem runs a trainee mentorship initiative for these kids with work placement opportunities at Brew Bistro in the brewery, kitchen, HR and admin. In the coming year, Aleem aims to grow the Brew Bistro brand through collaborations with companies such as Brown’s Cheese by washing their cheeses in beer, creating a
In December 2009 Aleem decided to bring the craft of micro brewing back home when he opened Brew Bistro Lounge in Piedmont Plaza spa product line and soaps from the rich-in-protein spent grain and importing 40 - 50 craft brews from around the world to Nairobi through a collaboration with 20 - 30 breweries which will be available at both Brew Bistro branches and select outlets. As we wrap up the interview now sat at the bar, we sip on delicious Enkare and raise a pint to the growing craft brewing industry and the people who make it thrive.
HAVE A YUMMY CHRISTMAS Take your holiday dinner party up a notch with this delicious turkey and stuffing recipe from Farmer’s Choice. We’ve added a few accompaniments on the following pages to make your dinner a success!
FARMER’S CHOICE ROAST TURKEY WITH STUFFING INGREDIENTS For the stuffing: 2 onions halved and sliced, 2.5g butter, 1kg Farmer’s Choice turkey stuffing (you can order via the contacts indicated below), 200g packet whole cooked chestnut, zest of 1 lemon, 15g packet flat-leaf parsley finely chopped, 85g fresh bread crumbs
For the turkey: 1 onion quartered, 2 lemons quartered, 10g thyme sprigs, 5.6kg Nightingale turkey (you can order via the contacts indicated below or your nearest retail supermarket), 85g soft butter, 1 whole nutmeg, 10 rashers Farmer’s Choice streaky bacon, 125ml white wine
METHOD First make the stuffing. Fry the onions in the butter for 10 minutes, until golden. Cool, then mix with the Farmer’s Choice stuffing, chopped parsley, lemon zest and bread crumbs. Roast and chop your chestnuts and add to the mix. Season well.
Set aside half of the stuffing. Line a greased 500g loaf tin with bacon and half of the stuffing then bring the rashers round over the top and secure in place with cocktail sticks. Chill until ready to cook. Prepare the turkey. The night before, put the onion quarters, lemon halves and thyme sprigs in the cavity between the legs. Pack the reserved stuffing into the neck end. Secure the neck skin with skewers and tie the legs together. Weigh the turkey. Calculate the cooking time at 40 minutes per kilo, plus 20 minutes.
Put a large sheet of extra-wide foil in a large roasting tin and put the turkey on top. Smear the breast with the butter, then grate over half of the nutmeg and season well. Cover with bacon, then pour over the glass of wine. Seal the foil well to make a parcel. Chill overnight.
One the day, take the turkey out of the fridge 1 hour before roasting. Heat oven to 170 - 180°C. Put the turkey in the oven; then, 90 minutes before the end of cooking, remove foil and bacon and drain off the juices from the tin to use in the gravy. To test whether the turkey is cooked, push a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh -- the juices should run clear. If they are pinkish, cook for 15 minutes more and test again.
Transfer the turkey to a platter, cover with foil and let it rest for at least 30 minutes before carving. Meanwhile, cook the stuffing in the loaf tin for 30 minutes and reheat the bacon. Garnish with roasted potatoes and grilled vegetables and serve the stuffing loaf separately. To order turkey or turkey stuffing contact: 0724 716 638 or email email@example.com
BACON BRUSSEL SPROUTS INGREDIENTS 1/4 kg sliced bacon 1/4 cup butter 2/3 cup pine nuts 1 kg brussels sprouts cored and shredded 3 green onions, minced 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt pepper to taste
METHOD Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons grease, crumble bacon and set aside.
In the same skillet, melt butter with reserved bacon grease over medium heat. Add pine nuts, and cook, stirring until browned.
Add brussels sprouts and green onions to the pan, season with seasoning salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until sprouts are wilted and tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
Stir in crumbled bacon just before serving.
ROASTED SWEET POTATOES INGREDIENTS 4 small orange sweet potatoes 1 tbsp olive oil 1 medium red onion thinly sliced 2 tsp balsamic vinegar Salt and black pepper 2 garlic cloves minced Sprig of rosemary chopped
METHOD Preheat the oven to 180Â°C. Dice the sweet potatoes, place on a baking sheet with minced garlic and rosemary, drizzle with olive oil and roast for 40 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the red onion, cover and cook over low heat, stirring a few times until caramelized, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Toss red onion into baking sheet with potatoes and serve.
NO DRIPPINGS GRAVY INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons flour 1 cup broth 1 tablespoon milk 4 tablespoons butter 1 onion salt and seasoning to taste.
METHOD Chop up the onion. Melt the butter in a large pan. Fry the onion in the butter until it has browned lightly, roughly for 5 minutes.
Mix in flour and allow to cook for a minute before pouring in the stock.
Let the mixture sit for five minutes until it has thickened, then add in the milk, salt and seasoning to taste.
Allow to boil and serve hot with your Christmas turkey and choice of starch.
CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE INGREDIENTS 225g self raising flour 110g butter 110g sugar 225g mixed dried fruit 1 egg 5 tbsp milk 1 tsp mixed spice (optional)
METHOD Rub the butter into the flour until it looks like fine breadcrumbs, add sugar and dried fruit and mixed spice, if using.
Add egg and milk to make a soft dropping consistency.
Put into lined 2 lb loaf tin or 6â€? round cake tin. Sprinkle demerara sugar over the top and pat down with the back of a spoon (this gives a nice crunchy top) and bake for approximately 1 to 1 hour and 25 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius until a skewer comes out clean.
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LET’S GET FESTIVE! Minced pies, mistletoe, candy canes, fairy lights and mulled wine – you know what this means!
t’s that time of the year again. Everyone is busy planning his or her diaries and the city is at its brightest and most sparkly. There are so many things to do over the month of December: whether it’s shopping, eating, drinking or dressing up that you’re after, the pickings in Nairobi are rich and bountiful. Peruse beautiful artisanal gifts at #xmasbox before indulging your own needs in one of the fashion markets. Tired of shopping? Sip on mulled wine at the Rouge Deck or enjoy a Christmas meal at one of the many restaurants around Nairobi doing special offers. Today more than ever, the Christmas season comes with an inevitable array of trends that are deserving of mention.
Mixology Mixology is here to stay, with everyone proving they have a taste for new flavours as well as a hedonistic late-night spirit. Spiked cocoa, candy cane martinis and jingle bell jello are just a few fun ideas to add to your drinks menu this Christmas season. Make a jingle bell jello shot with layered Christmas colours: vodka cranberry for red, apple flavour for green and condensed milk with peppermint for white. Magical and Mysterious This is all about being immersed in another world. Whether it’s Alice in Wonderland, Cirque Du Soleil, murder mystery nights or masquerade
balls, themed events are all the rage and when done right, will leave you mesmerized. This is all about creative curation and adding that extra touch to your special event. Big bands on small stages There nothing better than listening to your favourite artist perform in an intimate setting. This backyard concert trend has finally come to our city and it’s the perfect way to enjoy a night out.
their most dreamed-of destinations. Payal and I love being on the beach, winding down, sipping on cocktails and catching the sun. Some unique destinations for some December heat include: Oman, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Mexico and Costa Rica. However you choose to celebrate the holiday season, we hope you enjoy it! We can’t wait to splash on our shimmering eye shadows, wear sheer metallic dresses and put on our party shoes for all the fun filled festivities!
Holiday Season! Christmas is a popular time to travel, some go home to spend quality time with family and enjoy homecooked meals while others take an adventure to treat themselves to
WINE NOT It’s that time of year when you start stressing about the perfect gift for that person who has been outstanding in your life. You don’t have to look far for that perfect gift, a bottle of wine does wonders during the festive season. At WOW Beverages, we’re happy to share gift options with you that will not only draw admiration but also make you look informed on matters of wine. With a dozen or so people to appreciate, here is our take on how to approach it: Your Boss Whether he or she is a wine enthusiast or novice, this is where you must get it right. A premium sparkling wine such as Graham Beck Sparkling Brut, which was President Obama’s inauguration bubbly of choice, will surely draw a thank you note from the person who has been paying your salary on time all year long. Equally exciting would be a bottle of Tomassi from Italy, Catena from Argentina and Waterford from South Africa.
Investment Counsel Despite all the financial challenges that the year has presented, your investment adviser has guided you wisely in picking the best avenues that have yielded great returns on your money. The Boschendal 1685 range is from one of the oldest vineyards in South Africa and express class and style. This range of wines will be a great pick to appreciate your financial adviser. Salonist Your trendy hairdo has been the talk of your workplace all year long which makes you want to retain your hairdressers services next year. Reward him or her with a wine that embodies a sense of fun and is in sync with modernity. The Sweet Saints Anna and Celine will do the trick to thank them for their services! Fitness Guru Whether it’s your yoga master or your favourite gym instructor, they have helped you get those extra lbs off your body. You look younger,
healthier and full of confidence. Given that your trainer is all about going for fresh produce and dumping junk food, homegrown wine would be a great gift. We recommend that you bet big with Angoves Organic range from Australia. Travel Agent Yes, 2016 is the year you enjoyed your holidays most thanks to the dedicated effort of your travel agent in helping you get pocket friendly rates. He or she helped you develop holiday plans that not only gelled with your spouse’s desires but your children had the experience of a lifetime too. It’s time to say thank you with something delicious such as JP Chenet from France. For these and other acquaintances whom you need to appreciate for the great help they have offered to you this year, please get in touch with our experts at the WOW Beverages wine shop in Kileleshwa for that perfect wine gift. Happy Holidays!
‘TIS THE SEASON Annabel Onyango struggles to get into a festive mood this festive season but finds solace in a glass of wine and a great holiday season wine offer from The Wine Shop.
he holiday season always comes as a time of reflection. As we wrap up another year, I find myself thinking about all that’s come to pass in 2016. I suppose I’m expected to write about how blissful the year has been, how perfect life is, how much I love everyone and can’t wait to see them, things that go against how you’re supposed to feel during the holiday season. Seasonal joy is something I’m going to have to dig deep to find this year. My challenges in the past twelve months have seemed insurmountable. From personal life tragedies, work struggles, to health scares and even global current affairs; the stresses
have mounted, reaching their climax right in time for the festivities. As the Wine Chic(k) I should probably insert something about how wine has been my saving grace through everything. Well, I’m happy to report that it truly has! That calming glass of wine at the end of a tough week often feels like it’s the only thing that will get me through. That’s why this year, I will be gifting myself a Wine Advent Calendar from The Wine Shop. For the 24 days leading up to Christmas there’s a different bottle to pop open and pass around the room. There are premium wines carefully curated from all over the world including: Argentina, New Zealand, Spain, France, and the US, to see you and your loved
ones through the holidays. I’m currently debating with my husband about whether or not to get a Christmas tree. I cite many excuses for not getting one: there’s isn’t space in the house, I don’t have the time to look for a good one, I only like white ornaments and we don’t have enough, etcetera, etcetera. In my current state of mind, it’s hard to visualize a perfect Christmas with presents glistening under the tree, the fresh smell of baking, carols resounding through the day, the halls decked with boughs of holly and the cheerful clinking of glasses. If those cosmetic elements don’t fall into place this year, the real value of Christmas – strength for today
and bright hope for tomorrow – will always be lodged somewhere deep inside me. Hallmark holidays (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day etc.) can be a challenge when you’re not necessarily in the mood to join in on the careless joviality that fills the city streets. Although I’m not in a frame of mind where I’ll be belting out Christmas carols or decking the halls, I’m grateful for my glass of wine at the end of the day and a time of reflection. For ordering details about the Wine Advent Calendar email firstname.lastname@example.org
Feeling Bubbly We’ve selected a few champagnes and sparkling wines to get you in the festive spirit. Cheers!
Blue Nun Gold
France, Ksh 6,800 Available from Slater & Whitaker Nose: After three to four years ageing in a cellar, this bubbly offers excellent aromatic potential. Palate: A delicate wine with flavours of fresh fruit and honey. Food Pairing: A symbol of festivity, this wine is the ideal partner of celebration.
Germany , Ksh 1,320 Available from MIA Wines & Spirits International Nose: Round with complex aromas Palate: Contains flakes of 22 carat gold leaf designed to highlight its natural effervescence. Food Pairing: Great as an aperitif or with light meals and hors d’oeuvres.
Mara Celebration 750ml
South Africa, Ksh 5,760 Available from MIA Wines & Spirits International Nose: Pungent floral, spices and dried fruit on the nose Palate: Pinot Nior, Pinotage and Chardonnay give this wine a racy zestiness from crisp acidity and rich fruit. Food Pairing: A great accompaniment for light meals.
Villiera Brut Rosé South Africa, Ksh 3420 Available from MIA Wines & Spirits International Nose: Rich, creamy, yeasty nose Palate: Full rich flavour of Pinot Noir combined with the elegance of Chardonnay and the uniqueness of Pinotage providing the colour. Food Pairing: Smoked Salmon Trout, Strawberries, fruit-based desserts and dark chocolate
South Africa, Ksh 3,500 Available at the SW Wine Shop and all the leading supermarkets Nose: Slight perfume and berry aromas with hints of subtle yeastiness Palate: Balanced with a fine, textured mousse and lingering, crisp finish Food Pairing: Enjoy this bubbly chilled on its own or with seafood
GH MUMM CORDON ROUGE France, Ksh 7,500 Available from Le Decanter (ABC Place) Nose: Aromas of ripe fresh fruit, tropical notes opening up to a fragrance of vanilla. Palate: Freshness bursts onto the palate, followed by great length in the mouth, Food Pairing: Its aromatic richness is a perfect match for white meat and fish.
Nederburg Première Cuvée Brut
Life Moscato Rosé
South Africa, Ksh 1,225 Available from: Nakumatt, Chandarana, The Wine Shop, Shada Wines On the nose: Delicate fruit flavours Palate: Crisp and fresh with a lingering aftertaste Food pairing: Fresh oysters, seasonal fruits and eggs benedict
South Africa , Ksh 1,740 Available from MIA Wines & Spirits International Nose: Aromas of strawberry, peach and flowering Jasmine. Palate: The crisp acidity is a perfect match for the fruity sweetness that lingers on the palate. Food Pairing: A must with Asian food or dessert and cheese.
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THIS IS WESTIE Jackson Biko is no stranger to Nairobi nightlife. We get a peek into one of his nights out with an old friend in Westlands.
Only the beautiful and the favoured walk in Westlands after 11PM,” I tell Tony. He’s my long chum from back in the day. He went to the States 16 years ago, when we had no hair on our chins, were idealists and were sure that we would eventually hold life by its cojones. He disappeared for a decade in midwest America, surfaced a few times after that, and is now back to visit; a citizen, married then divorced with an ugly McDonald’s paunch and an accent I can’t stand. We are standing right outside the Equity Bank building on the (in) famous Electric Avenue. It’s hurtling towards midnight and Tony is smoking while we watch the throng of cars, Ubers, taxis and posh vehicles spew out girls and women with glitter on
their cheeks and men with skinny jeans and college jackets. Small frail girls hang from the arms of bewildered expats barely believing their luck. There is laughter in the air. There is no way you can say the economy is a mess when you stand here. You can’t convince anyone that there is no money in circulation. This right here is the home of happiness. “Do you know anyone who can score some weed?” Tony asks, as our eyes follow this girl who is miraculously walking in the highest and clearest heels in the history of heels. She looks like a giraffe with culture. I retrieve my phone from my pocket and call this photographer pal of mine who knows people who sell weed. He doesn’t pick. “Is Havana still the place to be?” Tony asks. I shrug, “Depends on who you ask”. We stand
there, watching a snazzy Porsche coupe crawl along the street driven by an Asian girl with red lipstick. In the passenger seat, staring out at us without looking at us, is another Asian girl with red lipstick. Tony crushes his cigarette butt under his soles and sighs loudly, “I need a drink. Ebu call her again”. I call his college sweetheart and hand him the phone. “Where are you?” he growls. He hangs up, lights another cigarette and we walk to The Alchemist on Parklands Road. The Alchemist is full. At the entrance is a mzungu with long dirtylooking dreadlocks telling a pointie girl with numerous bangles on her wrist in a heavy British accent to, “Please make up your mind, luv?” Luv is nonplussed, or too high to answer. We sit at the bar. “Do you accept Mastercards?” Tony asks the barman
and I scold him for half an hour about that. Do we accept Mastercard? No we don’t accept Mastercard here, we accept cowrie shells and spearheads, you idiot! What. The.F**k? I only stop when his college sweetheart rocks up. She has two small strands of hair on her chin (I swear I’m not making this up). She’s stunning as morning dew but she has hairs on her chin. I spend the whole night resisting the urge to pluck those two strands of hair. On the stage, a band plays. Tony is smoking and laughing. His college sweetheart is rubbing the back of his neck and drinking mojitos. The beautiful and the favoured. This is Westlands, the wasteland of debauchery.
LIQUID MERRIMENT The magic of mixology brings the Christmas season right up-to-date with these beautiful festive cocktails, crafted by Artcaffe Head Bartender and Diageo World Class Kenya Bartender of the Year 2016, Samia. With her very own Santaâ€™s Elves, Anthony and Francis, the team have fused rich flavours with sharp twists, reinvented the classic mulled wine and muddled together some exciting ideas for your holiday parties and celebrations.
THE GRINCH APPLETINI
The perfect partner for a delicious Mince Pie
As sharp as the Grinch’s temper and as smooth as his fur!
This is a celebration of the glamour of party season, fresh, girly and playful
750ml of red wine, 200ml port Cinnamon stick, a few cloves Sage, orange peel Heat slowly to infused the spices. Add 200ml of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum and serve warm with slices of orange and cinnamon stick.
45ml Smirnoff Vodka 30ml Apple Sour liquor 30ml Apple Juice 15ml lime Shake over ice and pour. Garnish with cinnamon stick.
15ml mixed berry jam 15ml Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka Shaken over ice, then poured into a Champagne glass Top up with sparkling wine and garnish with a rosemary sprig
SANTA’S ROSEMARY GIN
RUDOLF’S SMOKY RED NOSE
According to Samia, this makes Santa go “ho ho ho”!
Fun and packed with flavour
A fantastic alternative to the traditional Mimosa
10ml mixed berry jam 10ml spicy coconut syrup 45ml Johnnie Walker Black 20ml Apple Juice Stir and pour and garnish with charred marshmallows
15ml ginger syrup 15ml Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka Muddle with a pinch of fresh ginger and 4 basil leaves Pour into a Champagne glass with a whole large basil leaf and some strawberry quarters and top with sparkling wine
15ml Limoncello A handful of rosemary leaves 10ml honey Muddle together Add 45ml Tanqueray Gin and 30ml lemon juice Shake over ice then pour into a small brandy glass and decorate with a rosemary sprig wreath
WALKER FESTIVAL Sam Rabadia, the founder of Tapas Cielo bar in Mombasa was born in Kenya and grew up in London where he studied design and architecture. Sam came back to Kenya when he was a member of the team consulting on the construction of English Point Marina. While working on this project, Sam and his team would often go into Mombasa during the evenings for a drink. It was here that Sam and his friends noticed there weren’t many places to go out to at the time. They struggled to find bars that had consistent food, drinks and service. One night, Sam’s friends insisted he start his own bar after a subpar night out and a few drinks later, Sam agreed. The next morning, Sam searched Mombasa for a location to begin construction of his bar. In mid-July of 2014, Tapas Cielo’s
opened it’s doors. When they opened, their menu offered international tapas (small bitings), cocktails and other drinks. Since then, tapas and cocktails have been the focal point of Tapas Cielo’s offering although their food menu has now expanded. At the time of construction, East African Breweries Limited (EABL) were scoping Mombasa for bars to partner with. They liked what they saw in Tapas Cielo and the partnership between the two was born. Through this partnership, EABL helped train and continue to train the Tapas Cielo bar staff and mixologists. Tapas Cielo has a cocktail menu that’s 32 pages long and changes yearly
depending on global trends and sales of drinks. “The support from EABL is very helpful” says Sam of their partnership, he mentions that any starting business appreciates help where they can get it. Today, Tapas Cielo is a booming bar which attracts a mature, older crowd daily. Tapas is open on weekdays from noon to 3AM and on weekends from noon to 4AM or 5AM. This year, from December 11th to January 1st Tapas Cielo will be the flagship bar participating in the Walker Festival. This festival will celebrate scotch whiskies and feature a different Kenyan DJ every evening with drink specials on Johnnie Walker, Singleton
and Bulleit Bourbon. If you’re in Mombasa over the holiday season, you don’t want to miss this party! Stop by Tapas Cielo any evening between December 11th and January 1st and catch an epic party with great drinks.
TEXT AMI DOSHI SHAH
I remember visiting Malindi for the first time as a child in the 1980’s. Two memories still remain vivid: the first was the Malindi Marine Park, where we spent hours snorkeling above vivid displays of coral forests, fluorescent clown fish and neon tetra; the second was perching on a rickety bench outside Bawaly’s at 4PM (the witching hour) devouring what felt like, a ton of freshly made cardamom spiced halwa brimming with chopped nuts. It felt like heaven then, much like it does now. Malindi’s grown quieter, a little sleepier, but still oozes Swahili warmth, eternal sunshine and boasts some very chic places to eat, stay and play.
In Malindi, there’s a pace of life that’s dictated by the balmy breeze and the ebb and flow of the tide. We discover how this stylish seaside town offers the perfect combination of Swahili flavour and Italian Chic. With Jambojet operating from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Malindi Airport 15 times a week, the ultimate beach escape is just an hour away.
Get some of the freshest selection of seafood at Old Man and the Sea on Silversands Street. Established in the 1990’s in a century old colonial building, this restaurant has oodles of character. Think candlelit tables, fine cutlery and the home of the delectable Malindi Smoked Sailfish. Just a stone’s throw away is I Love Pizza; an obvious name for what this joint serves up best, plus a really good selection of fresh pastas and a lot of choice for vegetarians. Further up along Casuarina road is an idyllic lunching spot and my personal favourite, Rosada Beach. Perched along a perfect stretch of white sand, this Italian restaurant and beach club is home to perennial Italian vacationers, whose love for the sun has turned skin from shades of delectable caramel to leathery brown. Melanin aside, Rosada’s is a popular establishment even for local Italians and judging by the quality of seafood, pizzas and pastas served up, it’s not surprising. Once lazy lunching is over, we love to head to Oasis Gelateria for some homemade Italian gelato. The choice of flavours can be overwhelming but my personal favourites are the Nociola (Hazelnut) and Amaretto (Almond liqueur). After that, if you’re not already in a food coma, head to Bawaly’s Halwa Shop on Odinga Street by 4PM, when gigantic trays of hot halwa are laid out and served up or packed by the kilo. Don’t expect to be hankering for any dinner after!
We stayed at the expansive Ocean Beach Resort and Spa, just a 25 minutes drive from Malindi airport, rickshaw traffic permitting! A stunning property, where the amenities and hospitality is as generous as the space itself. Even the standard rooms are 50 sq meters and all the rooms have an open patio that flow out onto a lush lawn facing the ocean.
For the more adventurous beach tourist, head to Che Chale. Just a 30 minute drive from Malindi, it’s arguably one of Kenya’s top kitesurfing destinations. This secluded beach lovers paradise offers loads of activities from kayaking and dhow sailing to deep sea game fishing. On Friday and Saturday nights, Malindi picks up the pace if just by a fraction. For bar hopping tourists, start the evening with a tipple at Karen Blixen, where they have a decent wine list. Then, head upstairs to Fermentos Bar to shake some booty. The music can be hit or miss with a range of Deep House and Techno to 80’s and 90’s classics but hopefully by then, you would have drank enough for it not to matter. Malindi’s Stardust Nightclub is a great place to end the night, just a stone’s throw from Fermentos with an uber kitsch vibe. Think Miami Vice meets Florida 2000!
Like most seaside tourist towns, most activity and goings on revolve around the beach and the water. Nevertheless, thanks to the strong Italian influence in Malindi town, there are a handful of galleries and shops that are worth a visit; White Elephant is one of these. The resort is home to the Italian Malindi-based artist, Armando Tanzini’s magnificent gallery space. Here you’ll find the exceptional skill of Malindi artisans and wood carvers come together with Tanzini’s fierce design skill and artistic sensibilities. Larger than life sculptures of elephant heads and intricately carved furniture come together in this surreal space. An hours drive from Malindi is the Marafa Depression, a stunning geological formation that’s the closest thing to the Grand Canyon in Kenya. Millions of years of wind and water erosion have left a series of sandstone canyons in their wake which are particularly magical at sunset when the various layers of earth catch the sun’s warm light. A great day trip especially when you pack some beer and wine to enjoy at sundown.
As a fully fledged tourist town, Malindi has many other accommodation options. There’s Driftwood Beach Club, a collection of villas and cottages with a relaxed English character and pocket friendly prices. There’s Flavio Briatore’s uber chic boutique hotel, Lion in the Sun, where a nights’ stay can set you back a pretty penny.
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La Dolce Vita
The Village Market Cafe 0712143839 An elegant and simple style gives Artcaffe at the Village Market a distinct class. It is the main bakery for all their cafes and serves an extensive menu through- out the day.
Muthaiga Shopping Centre, Limuru Rd Italian 0722 624 100 Nairobi’s La Dolce Vita Restaurant has a bright interior filled with artwork, creating a stylish but unpretentious space for lunch or dinner.
Eldama Ravine Road Continental 0721 850 026 Offers a well-prepared menu and beautifully presented dishes from around the world. Enjoy an intimate dining experience in a leafy area of Westlands.
The Oval Burger, Casual Dining 0714 781 351 Visit Big Square’s new branch at The Oval, Westlands and enjoy juicy succulent burgers, creamy milkshakes as well as a fun kiddie corner. Let’s make a square mess!
Warwick Centre Bakery & Juice Bar 0715 991 879 This spot uses traditional recipes to make delicious treats that feel home baked. Cake City will always be there to deliver carefully created cakes and pastries exactly as desired.
UN Avenue, Gigiri Italian, Sea Food 0705 269 841 Evocative of an Italian Villa capturing Italian love for dining from their A la Carte & Chefs Special menu reflecting traditional specialties of Sea food, Pasta, Meat Pizzas.
General Mathenge Lane, Westlands Eritrean 0721 948 020 A modern and friendly dining atmosphere with fresh, authentic Eritrean and Continental cuisine. They also have an extensive alcoholic beverage selection and children’s play area.
The Concord Hotel, Parklands Italian and Continental 0709 466 444 For a tantalizing array of contemporary Continental gourmet dishes paired with a superb range of fine wines and beverages. An italian dining experience like never before.
UN Avenue Burger, Casual Dining 0714 782 380 This branch is located at the corner of United Nations Avenue and Limuru Road. This is the perfect spot to eat, work and chill with either friends or family.
Tribe Hotel, Gigiri Bakery & Patisserie 020 720 0000 Get all your custom cakes, novelty cakes, freshly baked pastries, gourmet chocolates, authentic Italian homemade gelatos and much more, all at Suite 101 at Tribe.
The Oval Café 0717 193 895 Distinctly chic style with creative décor including the largest balcony space among the Artcaffe outlets. The ArtBakery serves freshly baked homemade breads, pastries and desserts.
Fortis Tower Lounge 0705 466 836 This spot reaches new heights of luxury with an expansive lounge and exquisite outdoor terrace where guests can feast on delectable bites and sip specialty brews and cocktails.
The Village Market Cafe 020 500 6662 Aside from your favourite cup of coffee, this latest branch of Dormans boasts a new menu including a wide selection of salads, delicious sandwiches, pastries, cakes and cookies.
The Village Market, Gigiri Continental 020 712 4005 Casual trendy atmosphere ideal for coffees, lunch and dinner. The restaurant’s exciting menu offers a delicious selection of light salads and gourmet dishes.
Westgate Mall Café 0725 202 020 A warm and inviting space filled with freshly baked breads and patisserie, the heartwarming scent of fresh coffee and relaxing music; Artcaffe Grand is a haven from hectic city life.
Nakumatt Ukay Ground Floor Cafe 0708 877 811 Open for 24hrs,we have an authentic,sophisticated and rustic ambience. Famous for the legendary Dr. Oetker Pizzas,glorious breakfast selection,soups and love-filled desserts.
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United Nations Crescent Ethiopian 0725 869 955 Reknowned for its authenticity in Ethiopian cuisine, Habesha offers a wide array of traditional, hearty Ethiopian cuisine served in a rustic and homely atmosphere.
Golden Tulip, Muthithi rd Westlands Indian, Chinese 0733 888 068 Nestled at the top of the Hotel the restaurant offers an exotic blend of the best Indian and Chinese Cuisine.
Sankara Hotel, Woodvale Groove International 020 420 8000 Located in Sankara Hotel, from the outdoor terrace to the private dining room, Artisan is designed to reflect a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. Perfect for sun-downers!
Villa Rosa Kempinski Cafe 0703 049 000 This spot is an ideal destination for an international dining experience. Whether it’s a taste of home or something rather different you are after, Cafe Villa Rosa is the place to be.
Tribe Hotel International, Formal Dining 020 720 0000 Jiko is glamourous yet sophisticated whilst maintaining the warmth and personality of Kenya. Its contemporary cuisine focuses on fresh ingredients.
Villa Rosa Kempinski Pan Asian 0703 049 000 Let them take you on a culinary journey through Asia. Admire artistry from within the theatre kitchen as you watch the restaurant’s master chef prepare your favorite dishes.
Zen Garden, Lower Kabete Rd Pan Asian 0717 542 017 Bamboo is a fine dining restaurant offering the finest fusion cuisine. You can enjoy a combination of Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine, set in an elegant atmosphere.
Diamond Plaza Bakery & Juice Bar 0701 671 891 Using traditional recipes to make delicious treats that feel home baked, Cake City will always be there to deliver carefully created cakes and pastries made just like you like them.
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Next to Soin Arcade, Westlands rd Bakery & Juice Bar 0709 729 000 This spot uses traditional recipes to make delicious treats with a homebaked feel. Cake City delivers carefully created cakes and pasteries made as desired.
Viking House, Waiyaki Way Brazilian, Steak House 0729 243 202 Fogo Gaucho Churrascaria will serve you more than a dozen cuts of meat and 20 different salads prepared by Brazilian cuisine experts in an elegant South Brazilian ambience.
Woodvale Grove Continental 0729 864 511 The restaurant at Havana is taking ‘bar food’ to the next level with a latin inspired menu featuring fresh local ingredients with weekly chef’s specials.
Villa Rosa Kempinski, Westlands Italian 0703 049 000 A popular spot for family brunch on Sundays with a wide range of Italian cuisine, live entertainment, children’s play area and a fantastic mini-buffet.
Jade Tea House
Sarit Centre Bakery & Juice Bar 0770 808 451 Using traditional recipes to make delicious treats that feel home baked, Cake City will be there to deliver carefully created cakes and pasteries made exactly to your liking.
Lotos Suites, Next to Oshwal Centre Chinese 0702 874 571 Enjoy authentic Chinese Cuisine at the roof top in the heart of Westlands with a magnificent view of Nairobi Skyline.
Zen Garden, Lower Kabete Rd Multi Cuisine 0724 288 791 Overlooking the beautiful Zen Garden, Jade is a beautiful venue, situated in the heart of Spring Valley. The food quality and high level of service, attracts customers to this area.
Inside the Alchemist Bar Food Truck 0705 801 230 Enjoy African-inspired gourmet burgers and sides. With a range of gourmet burgers, wings, fries, milkshakes and artisan ice creams this fun food truck will satisfy your craving.
ABC Place Contemporary American 0716 663 463 The warm, inviting ambiance and relaxing atmosphere here is perfect for a quick bite, business lunch or celebrating special occasions with friends. The service is also really great!
Southern Sun Hotel, Parklands Rd Steak House 0724 253 804 Offers delicious specialty steaks, burgers and a wide range of exciting salads. This classic family restaurant also has an activity area for children, with a kiddy menu and playground.
Woodvale Groove Fast Food 0708 515 168 KFC is the largest international chicken franchise serving the world famous Colonel Sanders secret recipe for over 60 years. Enjoy dining-in or order-in through the delivery service.
9 West, Westlands Italian, Sea Food 0725 547 800 A new modern drop back to the very best Italian fine dining experience; from their Mosaic Pizza Oven to Mediterranean Seafood dishes and Handmade genuine Italian Ice creams.
Grab & Go Coffee
Clarence House, School Lane Continental 0725 894 477 A hidden Gem, in the heart of leafy Westlands. Enjoy rooftop experience, with a fusion of cuisines & artistically prepared Mocktails & Cocktails.
Tune Hotels, 155 Raphta Road Cafe 020 5147500 The place to enjoy a unique selection of gourmet coffee, sandwiches, salads, freshly baked pastries and a wide variety of juices, smoothies and milkshakes.
Westgate Mall Fast Food 0722 532 532 KFC will cater to all taste buds, from the little ones to the oldest in the group, there’s something for everyone. Friendly staff will ensure your order is out in a few minutes.
The Oval, Westlands Seafood, Sushi 0786 227 538 Here you’ll find people who share a love for delicious seafood served hot. You can expect quality seafood, a cool relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and great value.
Concord Hotel, Parklands Indian 0709 466 700 The restaurant offers an authentic Indian cuisine with an eclectic mix of rich Indian dishes expertly prepared, plated and presented with the contemporary modern flavors.
Sankara Hotel, Woodvale Grove Steakhouse 020 420 8000 Enjoy aged beef, succulent seafood, and classic steakhouse dishes exquisitely paired with an eclectic wine and whisky list featuring some of the finest producers in the world.
Limuru Road Fast Food 070 8515 168 Situated on Limuru road, with ample parking and quick service, KFC will cater to all your chicken cravings with a wide range of menu offerings. You can dine-in, take away or get delivery.
Off School Lane, Westlands Japanese, Lebanese, Sushi 0716 161 011 The Phoenician is a fabulous restaurant which serves sushi, Lebanese and Teppanyaki courses, in an al fresco atmosphere at the Junction.
Ring Road Parklands Japanese 0722 488 706 Furusato specializes in authentic Japanese cuisine and friendly service that will make your dining experience unforgettable. Now with 6 Teppanyaki tables and a Sushi Bar.
The Mall, Westlands Indian 0736 651 933 Haandi - the ultimate name in quality North Indian Cuisine. They offer a bespoke menu and a large selection of wines & beverages that will satisfy any discerning patron
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Pride Inn Hotel, Westlands Rd Continental 0728 224 595 Lovers of authentic Indian or Chinese cuisines are in for a treat at Royal Kitchen. Customers are guaranteed of genuine and tasty cuisines.
Kafe Afrikana is an authentic Kenyan brand, serving Premium Kenyan Coffee brewed to perfection and accompanied by great tasting snacks.
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Sankara Hotel, Woodvale Grove The Mirage, Chiromo Road 0726 848 444 A rustic but modern Pub with an Irish flair offering a vibrant experience with tastefully executed meals and an array of local and international beverages.
dusitD2 Hotel, 14 Riverside Drive Thai 020 423 3000 SOI brings world-renowned Thai street food with a modern twist to your plate. SOI also features a communal table and an enclosed space with its own terrace for more privacy.
Tune Hotels, 155 Raphta Road Bar 020 5147500 A classic sports bar designed for watching the latest game and enjoying sporting events with stunning and unobstructed panoramic views across the Nairobi skyline.
Lavington Curve Mall, James Gichuru Rd Portuguese 0723 111 999 An upmarket Portuguese restaurant catering to a variety of tastes, including a Halal menu; a combination that will leave you wanting more.
Sankara Hotel, Woodvale Grove International 020 420 8000 Enjoy sweeping views of Nairobi in this exclusive rooftop location as you try expertly made cocktails. Note that the age limit after 6pm is 25 years and above.
dusitD2 Hotel, 14 Riverside Drive International 020 423 3000 Soko offers a private dining roundel and a sublime terrace perfect for an upscale business lunch, a get together or a romantic dinner completed with an international and eclectic menu.
9th Floor, Victoria Plaza Mordern Indian Fusion 0733 678 153 Specializing in Indian Fusion Cuisine with a twist of Molecular Gastronomy. First of its kind in Kenya. Exotic Indian food served in a contemporary style, delightful ambience and good service.
The Junction Mall, Ngong Rd Café 0708 906 504 Bright, light- filled café famous for its roasted coffees,hearty dishes and mouth watering deserts. It is the ideal spot for postshopping coffee and cake, breakfasts and leisurely lunches.
Spring Valley Oven
14 Riverside Drive Cafe 0708 800 847 Conveniently located in the new office blocks at 14 Riverside Drive, they strive to keep their food simple, fresh and natural. Secret Garden is one of Nairobi’s must-try healthy restaurants.
Lower Kabete Road, Spring Valley Continental 0711 557 272 Located in the leafy suburbs of Spring Valley, this restaurant serves as a great place to catch your morning coffee or grab lunch with some mates.
The Concord Hotel, Parklands Pan Asian 0709 466 400 The restaurant's name means 'deliciousness', It signifies an induced meaty and savory taste sensation originating from our delectable Pan Asian inspired fusion restaurant.
Lavington Green Mall Café, Continental 0700 037 059 Artcaffe ensures a warm and welcoming environment. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee, delicious pastries, cocktails and a full menu. Enjoy great happy hour offers and delicious food.
ABC Place, Waiyaki Way Seafood 0737 776 677 Offers a sumptuous selection of the finest Indian Ocean seafood. Indulge in one of Seven’s decadent desserts to complete Nairobi’s most unique and sought-after dining experience.
Villa Rosa Kempinski Levant Cuisine 0703 049 000 An intimate rooftop lounge, bar and restaurant with a striking decor, exceptional Shisha, authentic levantine cuisine and electrifying performances by belly dancers.
The Alchemist Pizza 0728 451 383 Upendo Pizza is where you can enjoy the original oven baked Italian Pizza and a lots more... Make pizza, not war!
Yaya Centre Café, Continental 0719 269 477 Artcaffe ensures a warm and welcoming environment. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee, delicious pastries, cocktails and a full menu. Enjoy great happy hour offers and delicious food.
Diamond Plaza New Wing Chinese, Indian 0773 868 497 Delicious Indian & Chinese Cuisine prepared by highly experienced chefs in their tastefully decorated interior. Home deliveries and catering for your special events also available.
Junction of Lower Kabete & Peponi Indian Cuisine 0702 018 709 A hidden gem with an upscale patio style set up that is serene and pocket friendly serving hearty meals for healthy eaters. Best for hot naans, Curries and Tandoori bbqs.
PWC Towers, Westlands Multi Cuisine 0709 815 000 Offering an energized atmosphere in the heart of Nairobi,consisting of four different kitchens; a frozen yogurt counter and a signature bar.
The Junction Mall, Ngong Rd Burger, Casual Dining 0714 781 351 You are guaranteed to enjoy the ambiance as you eat your favorite fries, the famous square burger, crunchy onion rings and juicy ribs marinated in Big Square’s secret sauce.
Apic Center Chinese, Indian 0707 030 338 Authentic Chinese and Indian cuisines dishes are offered with a pleasant, cozy dining experience in a perfect setting ideal for couples, small groups or flocks of family and friends
Golden Tulip Hotel Multi Cuisine 020 403 4200 Tulip Restaurant serves multi-cuisine fine dining delicacies. Be it lunch or dinner with family, friends or business colleagues there is a cozy ambience and warm service.
Tune Hotels, 155 Raphta Road Continental 020 514 7500 Utamu provides a young, vibrant and informal setting. They serve a fusion of international cuisines and daily specials at a pocket friendly price with high service levels.
Piedmont Plaza, Ngong Rd Bistro 0771 152 359 Fine dining section complimented by a centralised open kitchen which serves Pan-Global cuisine, incorporating a fusion of French, European, Asian and classic Kenyan flavours.
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101 Manyani East Road Japanese 0717 700 666 The only Japanese restaurant actually owned by Japanese in kenya. Try authentic meals including sushi, noodles, a variety of seafood specials and imported sake from Japan.
The Junction Mall, Ngong Rd Italian, Sea Food 0728 855 100 For an Unforgettable taste of true Italian dining set in its family like atmosphere with a variety of traditional Mediterranean Seafood, Home made Pastas and Sicilian Icecream.
BEST WESTERN PREMIER, Hurlingham International 020 292 7000 The menu here encompasses a wide variety of international cuisine, from Asian dishes to Italian pastas and pizzas. Sit either indoors or outside and be sure to be spoilt for choice!
House 904, James Gichuru Rd Café 0729 400 291 The Arbor is an eco-friendly garden cafe with an eclectic selection of food and as well as a marketplace in a tranquil garden setting in the heart of Nairobi.
MEZZE on the deck
The Wine Shop
The Junction Mall, Ngong Rd Chinese 0722 739 143 Double Dragon is a Chinese restaurant located at The Junction Mall. The location offers great service and authentic Chinese cuisine to its customers.
BEST WESTERN PREMIER, Hurlingham Middle East & Mediterranean 020 2 927 000 For traditional Arabic hospitality, food, an exotic array of sheesha flavours and a breathtaking view of the Ngong Hills, Mezze on the deck is ‘the’ place to dine in Nairobi.
Junction Mall, Ngong Rd Japanese, Lebanese, Sushi 0717 522 374 Come and get our amazing offer, buy 1 sushi roll get half free, Buy 2 glasses of wine and get 1 free. Get the offer when its still happening!
671 Piedmont Plaza, Ngong Rd International 0718 003 302 The Wine Shop encourages you to explore your palate and experiment either by the glass or bottle. They also offer a selection of delicious complimentary dishes for your wines.
Kilimani, Galana Rd Brazilian, Steak House 0715 414 141 Brazilian Steakhouse with a set price for all you can eat, magnificent buffet professional baristas and specially selected wine list. Beautiful ambience with outside terrace seating.
Lavington, Valley Arcade Continental 0737 032 064 Inspired by the abundance of fresh and organic produce in Nairobi and across the country. Offers guests a delightful menu and tranquility at the heart of the shopping center.
Adlife Plaza, Kilimani Pizza 0729 918 435 This spot has a perfect classic pizzas menu and more available on a ‘Two for One price’ being served in a stylish ambience perfect for creating memories and capturing moments.
The Hub Afghan Cuisine 0717 781 815 It provides freshly prepared Afghan Food that is made on order and delivered all around Nairobi. They also specialize in Turkish baklava. Middle Eastern cuisine not to be missed!
Argwings Khodek Rd, Hurlingham Ethiopian 0733 730 469 Renown for its authentic Ethiopian cuisine complimented by great hospitality, Habesha has continued to win hearts around Nairobi and is set in a warm homely atmosphere.
Royal Tulip Hotel, Tigoni Road International 0709 464000 A contemporary restaurant with a world cuisine setup that provides a personalized service and memorable experience to its esteemed clients.
Hurlingham, Yaya Centre Continental 020 806 8594 Sierra Brasserie is a modern interpretation of a classical French brasserie serving simple yet elegant food using the best ingredients available and with fast and friendly service.
Ngong Lane, off Ngong Rd International 0709 090 000 Spread out over the first floor, Amber Hotel’s all day dining restaurant offers culinary experience at its best with savory international Cuisines. A great dining experience.
The Steak Out
Lavington Green Centre Continental 0719 142560 We are a Bistro and Bar located on James Gichuru road. Live Music, Live Sports, Open Mic Wednesdays, Networking Evenings , our Yummy BBQ bites & alot more new vibes.
Eastlands Hotel, Ngong Rd Multi cuisine 020 386 1005 Noah Restaurant offers an array of delicacies with contemporary fusion of the west and orient, Karaoke and hotpot on griddle tables available in private VIP rooms.
102 Manyani Rd. Off James Gichuru Multi Cuisine 0726 211 443 The Steak Out is an elegant and urban steakhouse serving creative foods for all palates in a comfortable ambiance ensuring a memorable dining experience.
Karen Crossroads Shopping Centre Café, Continental 0703 216 579 Offers a tranquil setting for work and play, boasting a two-level restaurant space including the famous Art Bakery, a coffee bar, cocktail bar and outdoor seating
Nyama Mama Xpress
Lavington Curve Mall, Lavington Italian 0719 468 885 Mambo Italia is a casual Italian restaurant and café specializing in gourmet pizzas, pasta, salads and more. Enjoy thin-crust pizzas, home-made gelato or coffee on their fabulous terrace.
Yaya Center, 2nd Floor, Food Court African, Local Fusion 020 7 602 066 An unpretentious, fun, modern day African roadside diner. Locally inspired, some of our skillfully concocted dishes include chapatti wraps to Mama’s stews and flavourful sides.
912, James Gichuru Road Turkish & Persian 0795 800 800 Three worlds in one, Toranj serves Persian, Turkish and Italian dishes. Toranj offers a relaxing environment suitable for families, friends, meetings and events.
The Hub, Karen Café, Continental 0790 124 892 Artcaffe ensures a warm and welcoming environment. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee, delicious pastries, cocktails and a full menu. Enjoy great happy hour offers and delicious food.
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Galleria Mall Cafe 020 233 0772 Their quietly elegant décor and amazing art provides the perfect setting for the intermingled aromas of freshly baked bread, pastries, cakes and specially roasted coffee.
Galleria Shopping Mall, Karen Fast Food 0700 324 945 Walk in and enjoy a meal in minutes freshly prepared to ensure great quality always. The Colonel Sanders secret recipe will always satisfy every chicken craving.
336 Karen Road Continental 0733 603 065 Relax in the cozy indoor restaurant with adjacent outdoor garden, remodeled with a variety of functions areas set in one the largest and oldest formal gardens in Kenya.
Ole Sereni Hotel, Mombasa Rd Multi Cuisine 020 390 1000 Prepared to savor and relish over the finest of five cuisines of the world as you watch their award winning chefs prepare each order before you with a bonus view of Nairobi National Park
Black Gold Cafe
Karen Square, Ngong Rd Burger, Casual Dining 0714 781 351 Big Square Karen offers some of the best burgers and ribs that your teeth can sink in to. Features play area for children that has iPads and latest gaming consoles.
Galleria Mall 1st Flr, Karen Fast Food 0715 980 085 For Burgers carrying the Mackee effect, reflected in the distinctive flavour in each of the burgers which are vibrant and Tasty; from cheesy Mackee to Spicy Mackee.
Karen Blixen, Karen Seafood 0733 603 065 Tamarind Nairobi offers some of the city’s leading seafood in an ambience of elegance. Enjoy a drink in their bar or a well-prepared meal as a live band entertains you.
The Panari Hotel, Mombasa Rd Cafe 0711 091 000 Black Gold Cafe is known for its well roasted coffees, teas, light meals, smoothies and desserts. Its location gives it the atmosphere of a game lodge as it faces Nairobi National Park.
Carnivore Rd, Langata African, Barbeque, Kenyan 0722 204 647 Considered as ‘Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience’, the Carnivore serves exotic meats roasted over charcoal and carved in front of the guests’ eyes at their table.
The Hub Seafood, Sushi 0786 227 538 At every Ocean Basket you’ll find people who share a love for delicious seafood. Great dining spot for a seafood lovers with a home-from-home feeling and great value.
Biashara Street, CBD Continental 0710 500 377 Well known for the international cuisine with emphasis on use of organic and locally sourced ingredients; ensures that every meal prepared is both nutritious and healthy.
Nairobi Serena Hotel, CBD Seafood, Cafe 020 282 2000 An international buffet is served in the Moroccan Café Maghreb, which also features a table d’hôte dinner menu and 24-hour brasserie service.
Js Fresh Bar
Karen - Opposite St. Christopher’s Continental - British Inspired 0718 607 197 J’s is East Africa’s Café Del Mar, serving fabulous British inspired cuisine in a sumptuous wooden shack; in an informal and cool atmosphere, always with great music.
61 Marula lane, Karen Continental 0712 007001 Family friendly british inspired sports bar, restaurant bed and breakfast establishment that beautifully blends quirky with classy menu of continental indian and pizza.
Gem Suites, State House Crescent Continental with Italian Fusion 020 263 5556 ‘Argenti”, meaning “silver” in Italian, communicates the fine dining and elegance of the restaurant while retaining an air of exclusivity. They also have very efficient service.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Upperhill Formal Dining 0704 810 000 Specialising in a holistic dining experience that highlights modern African flare, dining at Chop House is a theatrical event in itself.
Cin Cin Bar
The Hub, Karen Fast Food 0708 515 168 KFC is a great place to bring family and friends. From burgers to buckets, KFC will cater to all your needs; be it a meal for one or a group, enjoy Colonel Sanders’ famous recipes.
Carnivore Rd, Langata African, Barbeque 0722 204 647 A vibrant informal restaurant which fuses a childrens playground and a lively nightclub. You are welcome to for their fine cuisine or a themed night out with your friends.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Upperhill Continental 020 274 6000 An All-day restaurant on a terrace overlooking the hotel’s main pool. They serve full english buffet breakfasts, contemporary buffet lunches, and an al a carte or set dinner menu.
Fairmont The Norfolk, Harry Thuku Rd Bar and Lounge 020 226 5000 A classic yet modern upscale exclusive lounge bar with a garden view, personalized service and an exclusive G.H. Mumm Champagne Bar with tapas, canapes and signature drinks.
Junction Mall, Ngong Rd Fast Food 0722 532 532 One of the first KFC outlets to open in Nairobi, this conveniently situated location is a great place to enjoy some of your favourite Colonel Sanders recipes.
320 Ngong Road African, Pan-Asian, European 0733 761 449 Talisman serves up a delightful fusion of European, Pan-Asian and African Creations by their creative chefs. Live music and art exhibitions are available at the Veranda.
InterContinental Hotel, CBD Indian 020 320 0322 Bhandini transports you to Northern India in first-class style with fine cuisine and a sophisticated setting. The Chef works his culinary magic in a glass-enclosed kitchen.
Sarova Panafric, Valley Rd International 0709 111 000 Dine at this restaurant overlooking manicured gardens and prepare your senses for an unmatched culinary journey. Their personalized service will ensure a great experience.
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THIKA ROAD, TRM MALL, GARDEN CITY
Mama Ngina Street Fast Food 0722 532 532 This KFC will cater to a quick lunch. Freshly made meals, great quality and finger licking good chicken recipes will leave you coming back over and over again.
Heron Portico, Milimani Rd International 020 272 0740 Mdalasini is a bright new concept for Nairobi featuring a serene dining hall, airy balcony and sunny patio.
Fairmont Norfolk, Harry Thuku Rd Formal Dining 020 226 5000 This restaurant offers flame grilled, aged cuts of high quality meat. The fine dining experience comprises of an a la carte menu and an international range of wines.
TRM Mall, Thika Rd Cafe 0709 729 000 Cake City uses traditional recipes to make delicious treats that feel home baked. Delivers are available and include carefully created, personalised cakes and pastries.
Kimathi Street Fast Food 0708 515 168 Situated in the CBD, this KFC is a great spot to enjoy a quick lunch or bring your friends and family to treat them to some great offers.
Fairview Hotel, Upperhill Cafe 020 288 1000 The Mukutan Garden Café overlooks a beautiful water feature and is known for coffees and light meals such as gourmet sandwiches and pizzas.
The Sarova Stanley, Kimathi St,CBD Thai 020 275 7000 One of the city’s most elegant dining establishments, The Thai Chi boasts the finest in authentic Thai cuisine. A small piece of Thailand in Nairobi.
Garden City Mall, Thika Rd Cafe 0722 532 532 KFC’s secret Colonel Sanders recipe is finger licking good. Located at Garden City Mall, you can now enjoy great meals at a great price.
KFC Drive Through
Mombasa Road Fast Food 0705 505 050 Want to grab a quick meal on your way to work or on your road trip? Visit this KFC drive through to enjoy quick service without stepping out of your car.
Fairview Hotel, Upperhill Formal Dining 020 288 1330 With its famous underground wine cellar, romantic ambience, quality service and excellent taste, the Pango Brasserie is indeed in a class of its own.
Fairmont Norfolk, Harry Thuku Rd Formal Dining 020 226 5000 Classic, charming and modern restaurant ideal for business executives, families and groups of friends. The menu features robust international and authentic Kenyan cuisine.
Garden City Mall, Thika Rd Italian 0703 967 149 Mambo Italia is a casual Italian restaurant and café specializing in gourmet pizzas, pasta, salads and more. Enjoy thin-crust pizzas, home-made gelato or coffee.
Road House Grill
Thorn Tree Cafe
Radisson Blu Hotel, Upperhill Casual Dining 0704 810 000 Serves local favorites and international dishes with an African twist. The Larder’s cosy ambiance enclaves create a sense of intimacy. In-door and ourdoor seating.
Menengai rd, Upperhill Continetal 0720 523000 Enjoy ROAD HOUSE GRILL nyama choma, drink specials and DJ. The perfect spot in Upper Hill to unwind, watch the game, catch up with friends or beat the traffic.
The Sarova Stanley, Kimathi St, CBD Continental 020 275 7000 This is a legendary open-air, bistro style pavement cafe most famous for its message board located at the centre of the restaurant. The cafe is the perfect meeting place for friends.
Garden City Mall, Thika Rd Cafe & Lounge 0708 084 835 Moca Loca - a cafe, restaurant and lounge serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, as well as coffee and cocktails . Ambiance is central to this new brand which also has a location in Nakuru.
Makuti Bar & Grill
Sikia Fine Dining
InterContinental Hotel, CBD International 020 320 0324 The restaurant is popular among businessmen and other prominent personalities who frequent it for lunch and meetings. Situated by the pool, this is also ideal for families.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Upperhill Formal Dining 020 274 6000 The Sikia Fine Dining room is perfect for lunchtime catch-ups or mid-week dinners with friends and family. The modern menu is delightful and the dining room is comfortably elegant.
Garden City Mall, Thika Rd Cafe 0707 175 574 A place to rest and relax over great food and drinks made by their passionate team of chefs, baristas and mixologists, to ensure each visit is a memorable experience.
Garden City Mall - 1st Flr, Thika Rd Pizza 0729 918 435 With a perfect classic pizzas menu and all available on a ‘Two for One price’ being served in a stylish ambience perfect for creating memories and capturing moments.
Soaring Eagle Spur
Nairobi Serena Hotel, CBD Formal Dining 020 282 2000 This restaurant overlooks the pool and offers a fine- dining experience. Known for the excellence of its seasonally inspired menu and extensive wine cellars.
Eka Hotel, Mombasa Rd Steakhouse 0786101102 Our restaurant offers delicious specialty steaks, burgers, chicken, seafood and Tex- Mex dishes. We are very popular for our ribs and buffalo wings.
TRM Mall, Thika Rd Cafe
Garden City Mall - 1st Flr, Thika Rd Caribbean 0792 482 042 The recently opened Sugarcane offers Caribbean food in a casual, stylish atmosphere. Favorites like Jerk Chicken, Curry and Roti, tropical desserts and yummy drinks!
0708906505 Their quietly elegant décor and amazing art provides the perfect setting for the intermingled aromas of freshly baked bread, pastries, cakes and specially roasted coffee.
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Christmas is around the corner and we've got delicious recipes for you to whip up. We've also got some great nightlife content for those of...
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