Eating Out in Nairobi

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There are literally hundreds of places to eat in and around Nairobi. Most are small hotelies that serve traditional Kenyan foods at cheap prices that locals can afford (KSh 50-100). I urge travelers to find one that is quite busy and try some of the local cuisine. If the hotel is well frequented, the food will be hot and the conditions will be clean. Most tourists can’t handle meal after meal of ugali, however, so here are some suggestions on some nicer places in town.

If you want fast food, there are several options. There is a group newly built restaurants on the corner of Moi Ave and Mama Ngina St. There’s a Creamy Inn, Pizza Inn, Nando’s and Chicken Licken all next to each other. There are also two burger chains in Nairobi: Steers and Wimpy’s. There are three Steers and even moreWimpy’s in several locations around town. Expect to pay from KSh 200-350 at these fast food places. For the cheapest chicken in town, go to one of the many Kenchic Inns, where you can get a quarter, half, or full chicken for KSh 75, 150, or 300. It’s a favorite of the locals, and the chicken is deliciously good.

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Chapati

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You could describe this as a combination of Indian and Chinese dishes.
This would be criminal. Much better to see it as somewhere you can get phenomonal and authentic South Indian cuisine cheaply in Nairobi. Fancy Masala Dosa and freshly squeezed orange, tangerine and carrot juice mix? Call a cab.


type:Indian and Pakistani
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address:Diamond Plaza, Parklands
tel: (254)-02-747575

Flame Tree

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International cuisine. Buffets in the weekends.

type:Continental
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address:Panafric Hotel, End of Kenyatta Ave & Valley Rd
tel:(254)-02-714444

Jikonee

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Quick and Tasty fast food in the heart of the city.

type:Fast food
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accessibility:all
tel:254-20-211001
address:Tom Mboya Street
PriceOfMenu:Good value for money
email:www.jikonee.com

Prime Cuts

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The most delicious sandwiches and salads in Africa! Attached to an expansive delicataseen, and butchery, Prime Cuts bistro offers a wide of selection of sandiwches, salads, steaks, drinks, cheese, and the finest quality meats and seafood.

type:International
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tel:71225633
address:The Village Market, Gigiri
email:butchery@primecuts.co.ke

Trattoria Restaurant

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If Italian is what you want, Trattoria Restaurant on the corner of Wabera and Kaunda Sts is the best in town. There is a diverse menu of meat, chicken, pasta and desserts ranging from KSh 400 to 800 per person.

type:Italian
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address:Wabera Street
tel:340-855

Fu-Yong

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Nice atmosphere and good service. Day specials and buffet.

type:Oriental
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address:Chaka Place
tel:(254)-02-726818

Mayur restaurant

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There are many good Indian Restaurants in Nairobi, but my favorite is the vegetarian Mayur Restaurant above the Supreme Restaurant near the River Road roundabout. There’s an all-you-can-eat buffet for lunch or dinner for a cheap KSh.

type:Indian and Pakistani
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address:Berliner str.10 Frankfurt
openinghours:11.30 - 14.30 &17.30-23.30
tel: 069 - 2979393
PriceOfMenu: 11,50 € --- 23,50€
email:balbirmayur@msn.com

African Heritage

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Traditional African food. A good place for a fresh lime drink after a look at Africa’s best crafts. It serves traditional African food.

type:African
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address:Banda Street
tel:337-507

Pasara Cafe

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About the only place to get a good sandwich in Nairobi is Pasara Café on Kaunda, just down from Trattoria. There are a variety of sandwiches in several sizes, and an excellent salad bar. Plan on spending from KSh 150-300 to get full.

type:Continental
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Angus Restaurant

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type:Continental
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address:Uchumi House - Mezzanine, Aga Khan Walk
tel:(254)-02-339295

Iguana Bar & Grill

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Iguana is famous for its Mexican and Indian cuisine. Nice Bar collection.

Every Friday mix of punjabi, african, hip-hop, arabian and much more music by Dj Sweety

Every Saturday variety of music by Aman Behal inconjunction with Dj Sweety

Every sunday indian live music by Vicky Khan.

Big screens for sports are available.

type:Mexican
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accessibility:n/a
tel:4443412
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address:Fuji Plaza, Westlands
PriceOfMenu:450/= PP onwards
email:igs_nbi@yahoo.co.uk

Great Wall Restaurant

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type:Oriental
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address:Dhanjay Centre
tel: (254)-02-567025

Le Rustique Restaurant

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Our Mediterranean cuisine restaurant presents a different menu every week - always home-cooked and freshly made. Pick from wholesome meals, delicate soufflés, imaginative soups, interesting quiches, pastries or ice creams from 9.30am.

Le Rustique Restaurant is along General Mathenge Drive, Westlands, Nairobi

type:International
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tel:(254 2) 3753081, 0721 609 601
url:www.lerustique.co.ke
address:P.O.Box 1428-00502
email:eat@lerustique.co.ke

Generations Grill

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Traditional African dishes in an original setting.

type:African
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address:City Centre
tel: (254)-02-241197

Mandhari

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Charming restaurant with excellent staff.

type:Continental
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address:Nyerere Road 725-111
tel:12:30-3:30 pm and 7:30-11:30

Furusato Japanese Restaurant

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Furusato Japanese Restuarant is very affordable. They serve the best seafood and the best meat quality. They have moved to a bigger and spacier new site with more wonderful interior and beautiful, elegant wallpapers. They now have 6 Tepanyaki tables and a more wider Sushi Bar. Their food seems to taste more delicious the often we go there. You are greeted with a warm heart and are leaded to the waiting area where they will later take you to your table. Furusato Japanese Restuarant will always serve you their best

type:Japanese
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address:next to Sarit Centre along Karuna Road
tel: (254)-02-442508

Hooters

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For American food, I suggest the new Hooters on Kaunda St. Hooters is a sports restaurant/bar, with several TVs playing VH1 or soccer games. The service is maybe the best in town, although meals are a bit expensive, from KSh 250 to 400 per person. Meals range from sandwiches, hamburgers, and pizza to excellent milk shakes, a rarity in Kenya.

type:African
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Carnivore

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Carnivore restaurant
Carnivore restaurant
photo by: Oskari Nyqvist

For barbecue and big game meat, there is no other place than the famous Carnivore.  It lies just out of town on Langata road past Wilson Airport. Carnivore serves some of the best meat in the world. 

The menu nowadays only ranges from the normal chicken, pork, to beef and lamb. All the exotic game meats are no longer available. The special offerings that were available in the past (giraffe, zebra, hartebeest, wildebeest) are unfortunately no longer served, 'because of governement restrictions' as a waiter claimed. This takes away a lot of the more..

type:African
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address:Langata Road
tel:338959

Golden Fork Restaurant

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Everything from Indian to Chinese to Japanese dishes.

type:European
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address:Kenya Cinema Plaza
tel: (254)-02-243273

Cafe Latino

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Great food, amongst the best Italian restaurants in the city.

type:Italian
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address:The Village Market, Gigiri, Nairobi
openinghours:12:30-3:30 pm and 7:30-11 pm
tel:7122661
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