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River Cafe

Review: River Cafe

The other week I met up with a friend at the River Cafe in the Karura Forest. It was a beautiful day and the setting was just perfect. The cafe is open air, but covered so you’re protected from the sun and rain. You feel like you’re dining outside. The atmosphere is laid back and comfortable. Too boot, the place is dog friendly. Not only that, but they make sure no dogs are too close to one another and they provide water and bowls for the dogs. The service was a touch slow, but not bad. Everyone was very friendly, so I was okay with things taking a little time given the great hospitality. The food was pretty good. They messed up both our orders. For me, my poached eggs (they asked how I wanted them and I said very runny) came out a bit too firm and my friend’s vegetarian meal came with bacon (uh oh!). I dealt fine with my eggs—they were still yummy. The waiter came back quickly with the right order …

Two Rivers Mall

Two Rivers Mall has opened, thankfully without any caged up dolphins. The mall is still pretty empty, but some stores and restaurants are open. The key store, Carrefour is open, which makes life easier. Overall the mall is nice. It’s an alternative to Village Market. There are plenty of the same shops (boring) but some other ones too. I’m hoping (probably in vain) that there might be some smaller boutiques and small businesses opening up in the mall. If not, then I’ll mostly be going just to the Carrefour. The overall feel is very much like an airport. It’s nice and airy…but still like an airport. The restaurants are still opening up. The one that’s open and running is Nove. It’s decent. It’s not amazing, but it’s solid. Sadly, they changed their menu. They used to have a nice weekend brunch menu but no longer offer it. In addition to the Carrefour, there is a Chandarana. It seems odd to have to two grocery stores in the same mall, but there it is. It’s a …

Review: Emerson Spice

One of the places I definitely wanted to go to in Stone Town was the Emerson Spice, a lovely hotel with a gorgeous rooftop restaurant. There is only one seating per night, and there are only 12 tables. So, I made sure we booked a reservation. (I tried to book a few days in advance through the Blue Bay Beach Resort, but the utterly lazy staff at Guest Services only faked an attempt to call (right in front of us) and then said we should do it ourselves. Thanks. Luckily, on Monday, the day we wanted to go there, the Serena, where the staff is wonderful, booked it for us without any problem.) Dinner was at 7 pm, but we went early at 6 so we could enjoy cocktails and watch the sun set over Stone Town. The five-course menu changes every night and they are really good about asking about any dietary restrictions. The wine list and cocktails were excellent. The service was amazing. It was a really great and delicious experience. Here are …

Manera Farm

In my prior post I wrote about our hike up Mount Longonot. After that hike, we went for a late lunch (okay, we didn’t eat until around 4 or 4:30) at Manera Farm. I was a bit worried as we were a dusty, dirty, sweaty mess. I knew they ran a B&B and hoped that maybe we could clean up and maybe even shower before we ate. I need not worry. We did clean up a little, but there was no need. The restaurant at the farm was outdoor and we dined at a picnic table. It was open and breezy and we could enjoy our meal without feeling self conscious. The food was really great. Our friends, who had been there before, called ahead to order the special slow cooked pork ribs. They were AMAZING! There was also roasted rosemary potatoes, brick oven pizza, salad, and cheese. There are other options on the menu, but that was what we had planned for ahead of time. It was the perfect meal after a long hike …

Review: 45 Degrees Kitchen

We had heard a lot of buzz about 45 Degrees Kitchen, a relatively new restaurant in Nairobi. It was okay—a solid B. The service was great, with Chef Harold Sena-akoto coming out to great us. The food was organic and very farm-to-table in style. We enjoyed our meals but it didn’t live up to the hype. That said, it was still a good meal. I won’t go too much into what we ate as the menu changes frequently. And, that is the beauty of the place. The food is fresh, carefully chosen, and carefully prepared. The menu is crafted so that you can go with a four course meal with or without a wine pairing, or you can go a la carte. A few of the people at our table went with the four courses and some of us went a la carte. There was no problem. (It’s not required to have the whole table go in.) The atmosphere was fantastic great. It’s big and spacious. You feel like you’re on a farm, maybe more an …