All posts filed under: Bars Pubs and Lounges

Review: Off the Rocks

After much anticipation…okay, maybe it was just me…Off the Rocks, the oyster bar at Village Market, has opened! I was its first customer. Okay, I am obsessed with oysters and might have been checking in to see if it was open several times a week. Located in the new food court area of Village Market, is the first eatery on the left as you enter. Nicely set up with high tables as well as the bar, and with charging outlets around the bar panel, the bar is also really cute and works well for people who might want to stop in on the go. Who does that? Well, I do. So, there you go. The oysters, from the Indian Ocean Oyster Company, are fresh and delicious. The wine options are great. They also offer artisanal gin made in Kenya, but I haven’t tried it yet. The service is great and the people working the bar know what they’re doing. Yes, it’s in a mall, like so many things in Kenya. Yes, it’s a food court. …

Review: Forty Thieves

The first two times we went to Diani, we did not make to to Ali Barbour’s Cave or to Forty Thieves. This time we made it. Actually, we went twice. First to watch the World Cup. Second time for lunch after kite surfing. We had initially thought it would be like the Cave, as in set in the cave itself. It’s not. It’s right on the beach and it’s very cute. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. There are screens for watching sports. There are plenty of tables and a nice bar area. The service is typical beach service, but not bad. A little slow but not terribly so. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The food was decent and the drinks menu was extensive. We initially thought we’d eat at Ali Barbour’s, but we heard from a lot of people that the quality of the food there has gone down. We skipped it this time. Maybe we’ll try it when we inevitably return for a Diani beach holiday. We’ll certainly go back …

Review: Ranch House

On our way back from Malu Cottages in Naivasha, we stopped by Ranch House Bistro. We had heard a lot of good things about it and knew it was dog friendly. I’m happy to say that it totally lived up to the hype! The setting is gorgeous, with indoor and outdoor space overlooking Lake Naivasha. The service was excellent. And the food was really good. Ranch House is open every day from 10 am to 10 pm. To contact them: Their Facebook Page Phone:  0700 488475

Pop Up Market at Peponi Springs

We would often drive past Peponi Springs and take a peek, wondering what the place is like. It looks nice as you drive by along Kitisuru Road at the junction of Peponi Road. A few weeks ago, we finally went there. It’s even nicer when you step inside. It’s like a secret garden tucked away in the valley. What finally brought us inside the gates of Peponi Springs was the last Pop Up Market of the season, featuring Sambara Fashion, Maasai Treads, Mandla, The House of Cindimini, and more. There were tons of cute stalls, which was good because we had some last minute gift buying to do before home leave. Even if you didn’t want to shop, there was plenty of food and drink. Peponi Springs is known for their nyama choma (Kenyan barbecue). We didn’t have any, but we’ll be back to check it out. There were plenty of drinks (well priced too). Providing musical entertainment was Nairobi Soul Club. There was plenty of room for kids to run around, plus they had …

Review: Wasp & Sprout

I found a cute place near me! I had been meaning to check it out for so long and I really wish I searched it out sooner. Wasp & Sprout is my new favorite place in Nairobi! It’s a really cute cafe/shop in Loresho, tucked inside the Loresho Shopping Center on Loresho Ridge Road. Once you get there (parking is pretty decent, by the way), go to the left of the apartment buildings. You’ll walk a little bit into an alleyway. Then go up the stairs at the building on the right. The space is really nice with ample tables, comfortable chairs and outside seating as well. Toward the back is the shop. The food was really good. I went specifically because on Fridays and Saturdays they now feature oyster specials from the Indian Ocean Oyster Company. I’m not a big “work at a cafe” person, but I want to go back one afternoon and do just that. The space is that nice. It’s lively without being overly loud. It’s cozy and comfortable but not …