Nairobi’s culinary industry is in full swing. Nairobians can enjoy meals from every corner of the world right here in their backyard, all you have to do is look. We’ve rounded up a breakdown of different cuisines for you to try if you’re in the mood to let your taste buds do some travelling this holiday season.
Afghan House started off as a takeaway and catering service run by a husband and wife team. Today, they have a restaurant at The Hub, Karen where they serve traditional Afghani cuisine. Get your fix of pilau, biryani, kofta and more but whatever you do, don’t leave without trying one of their delicious baklavas!
Located within Villa Rosa Kempinski, this rooftop restaurant offers an ambient setting with good music, delicious Levantine mezze dishes and fun cocktails. Sit in one of the Majili-style cabanas and enjoy shisha and daily performances by one of the world’s most sought after belly dancers.
Carnivore has been a household name for years. This great venue serves every type of meat imaginable carved live at your table. Enjoy al fresco dining and be sure to check their Facebook page for updates on their frequent events such as comedy nights and live acts.
Tucked into the leafy suburbs of Westlands, Amaica restaurant off of Peponi Road serves up delicious African dishes in a lush, serene environment. In the same compound sits multiple curio shops selling everything from leather goods to clothing, accessories and other items.
Brazilian Steak Houses
Fogo Gaucho was one of the first Brazilian Steakhouses to find its home in Kenya. Your meal here will begin with fried plantains and cassava for the table, followed by waiters serving beef, chicken, prawns, grilled fish, and more. A great place for big groups but be sure to make a reservation particularly over the weekend as it gets busy.
Pampa Churrascaria serves a variety of meats tableside from favourites such as beef, lamb and chicken, to exotic meats like crocodile and camel. On weekends, you can expect to find live bands playing local music. Choose to dine al fresco or by the open kitchen inside and enjoy the all-you-can-eat meat and a decadent salad bar.
Sugarcane gives traditional Caribbean food a healthy, modern twist and use local ingredients wherever possible. Located in Garden City Mall, this fun, bright space will give a breath of life to your surroundings and taste buds with favourites such as jerk chicken and oxtail stew.
On the top floor of Junction Mall, Double Dragon blends modern and classic chinese cuisine in a large and spacious setting with five private dining rooms. They serve a range of Chinese dishes with some favourites including peking duck, chinese hot pot and their homemade noodles.
In Westlands on top of Lotos Hotel sits this restaurant with panoramic views of the city. Grab a cocktail at the bar and enjoy sundowners with friends or, sit at a large table and enjoy classic Chinese dishes.
Haandi is probably best known for their Indian cuisine however their Westgate location showcases an Indo-Chinese menu. For a quick fix of delicious Indian or Chinese cuisine, stop by the Westgate food court and give Haandi a visit.
Eritrean and Ethiopian
With multiple outlets, Habesha brings you a taste of Ethiopia and Eritrea with their homely settings and is a popular destinations for large groups. If you’re a fan of Ethiopian food, be sure to check out the nearest branch.
Located in Brookside, Abyssinia offers plentiful, relaxing al fresco dining spaces. TV screens play football matches here and their bar is well stocked to enjoy a match with friends. Abyssinia is also known for generous portions, delicious authentic cuisine and the option of participating in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
Asmara is a more upscale dining option for Eritrean cuisine. Here you can enjoy both authentic Eritrean cuisine as well as delicious oven-baked pizzas. The garden has a play area for kids so it’s a great spot for family dining!
Set in the quiet and relaxed neighborhood of Runda, Lord Errol restaurant is a perfect escape from busy city life. With a bubbling fountain in the garden, relax as you enjoy a meal or a drink after a busy day.
Set in an old farmhouse in Garden Estate on Thika Road, this family-friendly restaurant serves French cuisine based on simple, high quality organic ingredients. Go here for a special occasion or with a special someone and try their several course meals paired with great wines.
One of several restaurants inside Concord Hotel, Curry Flavors offers authentic Indian cuisine with an eclectic mix of Indian dishes from the past expertly prepared, plated and presented with contemporary modern flavours.
Masala Twist by Venom is on a warm and spacious rooftop in Victoria Plaza. They serve Indian food in a contemporary style and are known for eye-catching cocktails. Come here to enjoy a cocktail and some shisha or have a bite to eat with friends.
The Curragh Irish Pub and Bistro aims to recreate the ambiance and craic of an Irish pub, at the Ngong Racecourse where live music, sports and banter will be the order of the day. They serve a wide range of local food and drinks, as well as some familiar Irish staples.
This new rustic yet modern restaurant and pub in the Mirage building serves up Irish cuisine on a large and spacious patio. Come here for laidback drinks, have something to eat and stay for good music and a fun night out.
Japanese & Korean
Located off of James Gichuru road, this restaurant has brought traditional Japanese cuisine to Nairobi. The menu is vast with dishes such as fried sardine, fresh oysters and Cheka noodles making an appearance. Try their Japanese Sake imported directly from Japan!
Since opening in the 90’s Furusato has been serving Japanese and Korean cuisine. Known for their large sushi boats and platters, enjoy your meal seated in the garden, in the dining room or at the sushi bar and watch the chefs work their magic.
Tokyo is a Korean Japanese restaurant with Japanese style seating on tatami mats, an indoor and outdoor seating area and a cocktail bar. Tokyo has a great happy hour offers and karaoke rooms for guests looking to sing their heart out.