World famous chef and food critic Anthony Bourdain just gave Nyama Mama the ultimate PR coup when he decided to stop by their Delta Towers restaurant as part of his ongoing Kenyan culinary tour.
The American chef is in Kenya working on the latest episode of his CNN TV series “Parts Unknown”. Over the course of an hour-long lunch, he sampled some of the Nyama Mama modern takes on traditional Kenyan foods with W Kamau Bell, the San Francisco-based comedian with whom he is filming this episode of the show.
“Our dream has always been to take Nyama Mama to an international audience” says Ninaa Shanghavi, Director of The Good Earth Company that owns of Nyama Mama, who was on hand at the restaurant to make sure Bourdain got the best out of his experience. “As such we feel that out of all the upmarket eateries in Nairobi, ours is the one best positioned to show Chef Anthony a new and fresh take on Kenyan food”.
Shanghavi admits that it was not easy to convince the TV star to visit this trendy Westlands late night live music joint. Understandably, as the main aim of “Parts Unknown” is to discover the hidden culinary backwaters of each country Bourdain visits. That said, as an establishment at the forefront of the Kenyan culinary movement, Nyama Mama is quickly developing into one of the must-see places for out of town tourists to visit and as such, deserved even the smallest of mentions on the popular food discovery show.
Bourdain, who devoured his portion of ugali fries and seemed happy to dive into a steaming plate of grilled tilapia, was just coming from a a whirlwind tour of the city in which he has sampled some of the country’s unsung delights. Not eager to divulge whether it was goat’s head soup or mutura (blood sausage) that most tickled his fancy, he nonetheless did confide to have drunk a fair amount of Tusker lager since landing in JKIA last week.