A Taste of Australia at Nairobi Serena Hotel

written by Yummy Team 22nd February 2019

The steak maestro Chef Chris Wade is back at it again only this time he is serving up his creative menu at Nairobi Serena Hotel. The Yummy Team attended the first dinner and here’s how it all looked and tasted.


The dinner consisted of 4 courses and each one did not disappoint. It all started with 3 delightfully plated canapés consisting of Australian Wagyu tataki, lemon and cracked pepper caviar with crisp onion, seared tuna, Australian bush tomato liquid caviar and micro basil and Australian Wagyu tartare, freeze-dried raspberries, charcoal and smoked sea salt.

The canapés were small in size but big in flavour. We were in awe as we savoured each brief bite and before we knew it our empty plates were switched for the next course.

Try not to eat the gin and beetroot cured salmon with textures of beetroot, yuzu and cucumber all in one bite. The soft texture of the expertly marinated fish had it melting in our mouths releasing the citrusy, earthy sweetness of the sauce around it.

We almost asked for seconds of the second course. Sitting on a bed of braised wagyu beef and scotch malt whiskey was a mini portion of seared sea scallop that was deliciously crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. The different textures in each part of this dish made it the most interesting dish in this entire menu.

The third dish explained exactly why Chef Chris is known as the steak maestro. The steak maestro hand-selected full blood Australian Wagyu porterhouse steak with charcoal brisket carrot puree, grilled shallots, Australian Shiraz reduction and native mountain pepper was not just a mouthful to say. The complex flavours in this dish came together to delectably in our mouths.

The final course was just as tender as the beef but sweeter. A salted caramel pillow enrobed with white chocolate, passion fruit, freeze-dried lychee and Anzac biscuit finished off a meal we will never forget.

All of this was enjoyed within the calm and cosy atmosphere of the Mandhari Restaurant within the hotel. The plush seats, attentive wait staff and skilled piano player almost had us signing up for the second dinner before we had finished the first. Head down to Nairobi Serena hotel to experience A Taste of Australia between the 21st and 23rd of February.

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