Nairobi Restaurant Week is one of the most exciting weeks in the year for most Nairobians. This is closely followed by Nairobi Pizza Festival and Nairobi Burger Festival (which is honestly my favourite) . Eatout Kenya is the company that is behind this beautiful magic madness. Michelle Slater , the General Manager of Eatout is definitely one of the most entrepreneurial women in the Kenyan state. Not only are the participating restaurants the creme de la creme of Nairobi Culinary Experience, the partners and sponsors of the ” Food Bonanza” are usually leaders in their respective industries. Like this year some of the partners were Absolut Vodka, Toyota and Orbit, to mention a few. I digress.
This year , I had planned to do an all out visit to at least 5 restaurants, go with at least 4 friends and ”Chafua Meza” which means fill the table (but literally means dirtify the table). However things did not go as planned. I managed to go to 3 restaurants and went with at most 3 people, which all in all was good!!! For the 26th of January to 5th of February let’s just say I was the ultimate food blogger. You can check out my Instagram HERE.
The Arbor Place, 904 James Gichuru Road, Lavington.
I have always loved this spot ever since I discovered it late last year. It’s ambiance and eclectic environment is what attracts me most to it, and the food is always awesome. For Nairobi Restaurant Week (NRW) 2017, all restaurants had a whole new menu prepared and I could not wait to try out the Arbor.
For my starter I picked out the Pie Tee , which is a thin, crispy tart shell filled with fried egg and a mixture of thinly sliced vegetables. I liked the crunchiness of the tarts, but I feel there should have been more, like chunks of meat or something more chewy.
For the main I had the Pad Thai , Beef Option. The Pad Thai is stir fried rice noodles with assorted vegetables and egg garnished bean sprouts with ground peanuts.
Ocean Basket , The Oval, Westlands
Ocean Basket has been on my Go-to list for a longggg time and when the opportunity came to have lunch there I was on it. We were welcomed and seated immediately and it being a Sunday the place was full of seafood enthusiasts and families that just wanted to have the classic fish and chips.
For my starter I had the Seared Salmon Salad which was served with Fresh Avocado , Soy and Citrus dressing and sesame seeds. I have to say that there was a spoonful of cabbage that was drowned in ginger sauce. (I want to have that explosion of flavour in my mouth again)
For the main course I had the Avocado and Halloumi Wrap served with chips and coleslaw salad. The wrap hit all the right spots, and definitely I had to try out the Crumbed Prawn Tails which were also a taste bud twister.
About Thyme, Peponi Road, Westlands
This is my other favourite spot, hidden and exclusive. I love the ambiance and the vibes I get from About Thyme. Not forgetting the decor and hanging lanterns. They had a twist to their lunch menu, you could have a starter or dessert , unlike the other restaurants that only offered the starter for lunch.
For my starter I had the Rustic Chicken Liver Pate with Red Onion Marmalade. Boy did I love that Marmalade. The liver pate was a bit of an acquired taste but after drowning it in the marmalade and under the lettuce I was all smiles.
For my main I had the About Thyme Burger , which was charcoal grilled on a sesame bun with blistered tomato, avocado, rocket and onion. Notable mention is the kale-slaw which I am definitely trying at home. Its basically coleslaw but with raw kale instead. Yeap!
All 2 course lunch meals were going for 950 KES and 3 course dinner meals for 1950 KES which is a pretty affordable price for the portions and quality. Can’t wait to see what more EatOut Kenya has in store for us!!! YEZZZZZZ TO CALORIES.