There’s a new coffee shop in town about to raise a storm -The Black Gold Cafe at the Panari Sky Center along Mombasa Road. With the pounding rains that have hit Nairobi of late, Black Gold couldn’t have made its debut at the perfect time. It’s with reason that i headed to check the premises out just a few days before its official opening which is due sometime this week.
The traffic on my way wasn’t as bad (fortunately) and the ride there was fast, i think i took a record 25 minutes from town. For the 5pm evening drive, this was a bit surprising seeing that it was a Friday. Most people who use ”M-road”, as its popularly known will share my sentiments. Anyway, away from my analysis about the roads, Black Gold is a pretty neat place. The ambience depicts that of a cosy interior shadowed away from the busy world. The windows overlooking the highway make for a great distraction if not an opportunity to scan the traffic as you leisurely sip on your coffee.
The service is quick and attentive and the waiters will not hesitate to suggest something suitable off the menu. There’s free wifi and power outlets for the tech savvy who like carrying their gadgets around. So worry not that you won’t get to reply an urgent email should your laptop die halfway through a coffee date/meeting. And still on coffee, Black Gold has 3 experienced Baristas who will ensure that your coffee is served fresh and hot. After taking their Mocha i am convinced that their coffees are going to be a big hit.
For most corporates in the area, the Cafe also offers a hearty lunch/brunch. This means you get to have a meeting and perhaps some lunch catered for your clients. From healthy salads to soups, sandwiches and wraps, grilled meats, and pastas.
I think i even saw an option of baby lobster in the menu …although i didn’t have the heart nor space to order that after indulging in an array of delicious dishes, i thought it was a bit too ambitious for the Cafe, but a unique idea all the same.
Pizzas and burgers are on offer as well if you feel like kicking up the evening a notch.Fresh juices, smoothies,milkshakes,teas and iced drinks might intrest your palate as well.
The prices are fair (as compared to the location/ambience) with most beverages (teas,juices,coffees,smoothies,milkshakes) going for as little as Kshs 250 to a maximum of Kshs 450. Cakes and pastries are also within the same price range. For sandwiches and wraps, be ready to spend an average of about Kshs 550 to Kshs 750 while main dishes (lunch) will cost you about Kshs 850- Kshs 2,400. Enjoy some dessert/ ice cream made in house by Panari’s experienced chefs. Good news is that they do deliver in and around the surrounding office blocks so take advantage of that nice offer.
Although its a bit too early to tell, Black Gold Cafe looks like its started off in the right direction and all that i can hope for is that they will maintain their concept as well as service level. Be ready to try this place out anytime soon and let us know what you think!