All posts filed under: Restaurants

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 …

Review: Bella Maria’s Little Italy

We found a hidden gem the other weekend: Bella Maria’s Little Italy. It’s a cute, vegetarian, Italian restaurant on Peponi Rise (off of Peponi Road, just past Kitisuru Road if you’re heading north on Peponi). How hidden it is? The road is easy to miss and the sign for Bella Maria’s isn’t the easiest thing to read. Look for a yellow/cream sign that has a small Italian flag on it. As you go up Peponi Rise, keep going up and fully around the bend. You’ll pass a Montessori School (which we at first thought was the restaurant). The restaurant (with a big sign hidden behind branches) is just past the the school (go all the way around the bend) on the left. You’ll arrive at the cutest place ever. The restaurant is beautiful and nestled in absolutely gorgeous grounds. You’ll forget you’re in Nairobi and think you’re tucked away in an enchanted forest. It’s worth taking a walk around the grounds. The interior is nice too, with ample seating (indoor and outdoor plus a covered, …

Review: The Arbor

The other night we did something wild and crazy. We went out on a school night…and…we crossed Waiyaki Way. This kind of shenanigans is simply not done! But, we did it. Why? We got a voucher via some friend to The Arbor and we needed to use it before it expired. (Thank you Sarah and Andreas!) Being old, we got there a little past 7 pm and were the only ones there. They were happy to serve us and it was kind of nice to have the place to ourselves. If you want things more lively I would suggest going around 8:30—people started to come in around the time we left. (This is much easier to do if you live south of Waiyaki Way.) The food was good. They have a mix of fare ranging from classic pub fare appetizers, to Asian, to standard meat and potatoes (which is what I got). The food was good. The house wine was decent. The atmosphere was nice. You really can’t ask for more. The restaurant is part …

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 …