A Sweet Experience at Utamu

written by Winnie Wangui 11th June 2018

When I visited this restaurant in Westlands called Utamu, I had my expectations.  With a name that translates from Swahili to mean Sweetness, I imagined that’s a promise they give to everyone who visits – that their experience will be nothing but sweet.

Utamu is an all-day dining restaurant located on the ground floor of Ibis Styles the business hotel located along Raphta rd. I was here with my colleagues on a dinner invitation.

A pit stop at the café and coffee shop had us sipping on wines, as we waited for our table to be set. We were ushered into a warm, casual space with black and grey tones on the floor and walls, a beautiful display of glass pieces on one side of the restaurant that gave the space a pop of colour. The terrace area’s hanging lights reflected on the top to bottom glass windows- a mirror effect that offered a beautiful background for a photograph.

Potato and Celery Soup

Their menu was surprisingly affordable with a wide array of salads, pasta dishes, pizzas, chicken meals, fish, prawns, burgers, lamb, pork and vegetable curries. Our dinner was off to good start with the soup of the day, potato and celery soup.  The thick texture and pleasant taste was a cosy start to our meal. Other starters my companions indulged in included the Greek salad, and the Ceasar salad with chicken strips. The savoury Italian dressing made the crunchy Greek salad stand out.

Grilled Barbequed Pork Chops served with pineapple salsa


At this point, the restaurant had lived up to its name. Next up we had barbeque pork chops, chicken schnitzel, sirloin steak and grilled tilapia fish fillet with pepper sauce.  The tilapia was fresh and perfectly prepared, retaining its original pure flavour and the combination with the lemon butter sauce resulted to a medley of blended flavours. The pork chops were reminiscent of a home cooked pork meal, soft, thick juicy slices served in big portions.

Grilled Barbequed Pork Chops served with pineapple salsa

Grilled Tilapia Fish Fillet served with creamed spinach and lemon butter sauce


Grilled Chicken Breast with sautéed garlic , tomato chunks, fresh basil and spring vegetables.


Time for the real sweet experience arrived.  The Affogato an Italian coffee-based dessert, was a delicious pick-me-up treat after the heavy meal.  The marriage of the vanilla ice cream, a shot of espresso and whipping cream led to a coffee-infused dessert that ended the night on a delightful note. 

AffogatoBeing a budget hotel in Nairobi, the meal prices at Utamu are pocket-friendly and the service fast and friendly. They offer a special experience for those days when every penny counts. Do they live up to their name? Definitely!

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