By Monica Berg
Within the Panari Hotel on Mombasa Road, is the Black Gold Café – a restaurant styled after a typical diner or luncheonette with its diverse menu sections, display. It boasts comfortable booth seating along the wall.
Black Gold has been open for just over six months and offers a bright and airy setting for breakfast, lunch, dinner or in-between bites.
Signature smoothies, frappes, and coffee drinks are featured in myriad iterations. Iced Mocha was a creamy and refreshing combination of chilled espresso with steamed milk and dark chocolate. The menu promises a whipped cream topping, though mine had none.
Simple syrup, served on the side, satisfied the sweet tooth nonetheless. The Panari Dream Liner smoothie incorporates natural yogurt, fresh bananas and strawberries with pineapple juice for a tropical treat.
And on the boozier side, there was the Amarula Frappe – a light cocktail masquerading as a milkshake with Amarula liqueur and coffee over ice.
A starter of Chicken-Mushroom Cappuccino soup was flavourful and frothy, fragrant with tarragon. We had to order a burger, and the lamb burger was one of the best dishes on the table.
Juicy and flavourful minced lamb with a hint of spice came with the typical accompaniments of sliced pickles and tomatoes on a sesame seed bun.
Cobb Salad, a main course salad, whose origin is in California, was served with shredded mixed greens, avocado, blue cheese, hard-boiled egg, and generous portions of chicken and bacon.
There is a Kenyan version of pizza, though the crust was a bit harder than the soft doughy crust I had anticipated, was topped with grilled Laikipia beef and vegetable toppings – a local twist on a typical treat. The tandoori chicken sandwich was tasty, with tender chicken breast flavoured with just enough spice to make it interesting without overpowering.
A main course rib-eye steak, ordered medium, was served well done and too tough. Though the menu offered a choice of béarnaise or creamy peppercorn sauce, the steak was served automatically with béarnaise.
The supreme of lemon-infused chicken with rosemary perfumed gravy was juicy and well-seasoned. The gravy itself, however, seemed somewhat over-salted, such that the rosemary was obscured. Still, with creamy mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables, the chicken was a hearty dish.
For a simple meal or tea-time break, Black Gold offers a comfortable and casual setting away from the madness of Mombasa Road.
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