INSIDER GUIDE TO NRW 2018 | PICAZZO RESTAURANT
One of the most exciting things to do when visiting Nairobi, other than the wildlife and urban creative scene, is the restaurant and food culture. With local and international cuisines, the Nairobi restaurant scene is as promising as Lupita Nyongo’s career. New restaurants are mushrooming all over Nairobi from Indian food to Mexican food. Here is an insider guide to Nairobi Restaurant Week 2018, Picazzo Edition.
Nairobi Restaurant Week also dubbed NRW, is one of the initiatives by EatOut Kenya to showcase all of Kenya’s best food joints. They also behind food festival that makes these restaurants more accessible to the common mwananchi; thank God for discounts! I would like to say (and think) that I have become the ultimate go-to guide for where to eat in Nairobi, and I do enjoy trying out new restaurants, food, and restaurants. When I had the chance to visit the Spanish restaurant Picazzo at the Karen Hub, I jumped on the idea not only because I had never been, but also because I was dying to try out their NRW 2018 menu. Last year, I dragged a couple of friends of mine to Nairobi Restaurant Week. We had a blast trying out Ocean Basket’s seafood, my all-time Arbor favourite Pad Thai Noodles, and the exquisite sandwich from About Thyme Restaurant.This year, there has been the evident addition for the vegans and Picazzo Restaurant had a twist to this which involved pancakes for lunch!
My mantra when going to a restaurant is: if you can make it at home the same way, why buy it?
Being my first time at the Picazzo Restaurant, I was impressed by the ease that I got accustomed to the location. One could easily forget that they are in one of Kenya’s biggest malls. Before I get into 5 things I love about Picazzo Restaurant’s Nairobi Restaurant Week menu, I would like to highlight that this article is my truthful opinion and is not sponsored in any way.
For the starter, we tried the amazingly sweet chicken wings with natural yoghurt.
I loved the simplicity of the taste, and the chicken was well done, as most Kenyans prefer. The portions were sufficiently right and the sauce was sticky enough. I also got to try the lamb broth which was a great starter too; the creaminess and thickness were perfect though a bit too salty for my taste. And the fact that I don’t eat lamb might have had me a bit biased for the chicken wings.
For the main course, I particularly enjoyed the Fish of the day, served with coconut gravy and trio of rice.
Yes! A trio of rice, you read that right: a mix of wild rice, brown rice, and basmati rice. I loved the different flavours and textures of the rice; being a food experimenter this is something, I found super interesting. The vegan main course was the plated stunner! I would recommend it to anyone who is vegan but wouldn’t advise a meat lover to spend money on it. Cooked and mashed beetroot wrapped in pancakes, it was a bit too bland for my taste. However, I did enjoy the salad and the mursik* cheese.
For dessert, I was a fan of the cheesecake!! Vibrant both in taste and looks. A lover of cheese would be a lover of cheesecake. They do not necessarily hit the same taste buds, but I do consider it an acquired taste, yes or no? It reminded me of a smooth moose dessert and I would highly recommend it. Have you been to Picazzo Restaurant? Have you tried out the NRW menu? Have you participated in any Eatout Kenya events? What was your experience? Let me know in the comment section below.
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