I don’t think there’s anything as exciting as a restaurant launching a new menu. There’s also nothing as exciting as being one of the first people to sample the new menu. Change is good, especially when new flavours and new dishes are created just to appease your pallet. If you head to the second floor of the Lavington Curve Mall, you’ll find Adega, Nairobi’s only Portuguese restaurant, a delightful space that serves authentic Portuguese meals that will knock your socks off.
I was recently invited to try out their new menu additions and boy wasn’t I excited. We started off with two of their starters – Pasteis de baclahau (cod fish cake) and Caldo verde (kale soup). I was pleasantly surprised by the kale soup. I’ve never been the biggest kale fan but their soup made me a believer. It was rich in taste, well seasoned and the kale was the best I ever had in a long while. The cod fish cake was a sure hit. The crispy deep fried top layer, gave in with every bite to the sumptuous cod fish paired with their chilli dip and some lemon.
For the main course, I was looking forward to indulging in the Bife de Lula (grilled calamari steak) a Portuguese staple. Calamari isn’t the most tender seafood around, but this steak will go down as one of my favourites. The texture was perfect: not tough and not mushy but well balanced in flavour and seasoning. I was thoroughly blown away once I squeezed some lemon and dabbed a piece of the steak in their peri peri sauce. Every bite was as delicious as the first complete with a side of sweet potato mash and veggies.
I couldn’t wait for dessert. At this rate I was considering a move to Portugal to rediscover my long lost soccer career. I was having the Pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts), topped with strawberry puree – the perfect way to bring an amazing dinner to a close. A sweet delightful treat that oozed with custard with every bite. You must try Adega’s pineapple and mango spike – a refreshing drink that brings sweet and sour together in a delightful medley that your pallet will appreciate. Heck, you might as well try their entire menu!