Malindi may be considered a great place to vacation but we can bet that you did not know that it can be a great place to eat as well. Here are 5 places that will start your gastronomic exploration of this coastal gem.
Baby Marrow Art & Food Malindi
Art and food coexist in this simple restaurant in Old Town Malindi. Besides the interesting art on the wall and beyond a menu filled with Italian words, you will find a great variety of Italian pastas, pizzas, fish, meat, vegetables and desserts. Its better to go in as a large group because that means you get to share as many of their delicious dishes such as pizza Davide, fusilli Bolognese and ravioli ricotta with spinach. Pair all these dishes with wines from their extensive wine list and have a great meal!
Bar Bar Restaurant & Pizzeria
If you have been here before 2017 then you might like to know that the restaurant go a facelift and is looking better than ever. The ambience has remained the same with the space being so comfortable that you might find your breakfast spilling over into lunch. If this happens then their menu has got you covered. From their freshly baked bread and pastries to their spicy salami pizza, everything is cooked fresh and pairs well with a fresh cup of coffee or generously poured glass of wine.
Karen Blixen Restaurant & Coffee Shop
Sometimes after a day (or days) of indulging in large meals paired with copious amounts of cocktails, all you want is a strong cup of coffee and fresh pastries. Thats where Karen Blixen comes in. This cafe in a tent is a great spot to enjoy a cornetto with a fresh cappuccino as you plan the rest of your Malindi adventures. If you do decide to have a meal you can enjoy fantastic dishes such as lobster pasta, penne in marinara or a veggie pizza.
Rosada Beach Restaurant
Rosada is the perfect spot to enjoy a lazy lunch that involves enjoying the gentle ocean breeze as you stuff yourself silly with authentic Italian pizza. The location makes it popular so during the high tourist season you might struggle to find a table. Besides the pizza, their other dishes are undeniably great and their extensive Sunday buffets are particularly popular. Don’t leave your dancing shoes packed in a suitcase somewhere. Take them along with you to their Monday evening private beach parties and dance off all the pizza!
Old Man & The Sea
This is one of the oldest restaurants in Malindi and you might miss it around all the new restaurants that have popped up around it. If the moorish architecture does not draw you in then the smell of their delicious food will. The intimate ambience makes it perfect for an impromptu date night and you can enjoy their smoked sailfish, steaks and seafood (which is cooked on a grill right at the entrance of the restaurant) as you take in the view of the Vasco Da Gama pillar.
Osteria Beach House
This English colonial-style house is set right on Silversand beach. There is a swimming pool but you can also dip in the sea then lounge on the sunbeds. Service is fast and friendly and the food is worth writing home about, especially the deep-fried calamari, and our group also tried tuna and a salad, pasta and pizza crowned with ice cream. There’s a stand where a local man selling handmade souvenirs. He is so convincing that weeks after my trip, I still don’t remember how I bought four brass rings from him.
Taheri Fast Foods
This is a small but prominent restaurant run by Tasneem Mohsin and her husband and sons. It is always bustling, which speaks to its popularity. The food is good and cheerfully affordable. Tasneem makes a mean baked mutton leg, and the menu being Indian and Swahili, I like to pass by for their mandazi, viazi, bhajia, kaimati and the works.
20 km North of Malindi, this spot might be popular for kitesurfing, but foodies will know it for its organic crab farm to plate experience. In an environment best described as castaway-chic, this passion project by owner Justin offers massive mangrove crab served in various ways blended with local flavours and spices. If you’ve never had soft shell crab fried until golden crispy with a dab of mango salsa, or the perfect crab cakes, this place is it.