Sabah Jabeen (@Sevenshotsphotography) is a photographer and owner of a catering company in Mombasa. Her family runs Milios restaurant in Kizingo. Here are her top spots to check out this holiday season!
Derived from the Hindi word for salutation, this restaurant ushers the residents and diners visiting the Bliss Resort in Mombasa. The chic setup more than elevates the Indian culinary delights featured on the menu. For a lucky few, a tour of the kitchen to marvel over the love injected into the meal making process shall definitely solidify the awe of this venue. A platter not to miss is the hara bhara kebab as a mouth melting starter, moorgh (chicken) tikka for the entrée served with veggie pickles and naan as an accompaniment, with a rich salty lassi for your drink.
Location: Links Road, Mombasa
Operating hours: 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM throughout the week
Reservations: 0706 555 555/0704 912808
Latest review: “Amazing food, huge portions, very friendly and professional staff, good waiting time for food. Modern and clean. Highly recommended.” Kristi Na, Google review.
Google Rating: 4.4/5
Forodhani Seafront Restaurant
This old port-located Mombasa gem sits at the heart of the Old Town a stone throw, or two, away from Fort Jesus. Best accessed by tuk-tuks, this picturesque venue sits across the puddle from English Point. The management and staff are well informed and friendly plus the halal menu offers an array of dishes whether Indian, Continental or Swahili. The lure of all foods is the special prawns ala forodhani best washed down by a refreshing glass of fresh tamarind juice.
Location: Sir Mbarak Hinawy Road, Mombasa
Operating hours: 8 AM-10 PM throughout the week
Reservations: 0706 555 555/0724 401551
Latest review: “Great food and ambience. The staff are well organized and food was served hot and on time. The best restaurant in Mombasa by a mile. Highly recommended sea view.” S Gadim, Google review.
Google Rating: 4.2/5
A 24/7 fast food joint that doesn’t disappoint. The members of staff are fresh as daisies and cordial whatever time of day it is. Their continental menu features a range of delights, including and not limited to, the chicken schnitzel burger, traditional hamburgers, falafels …the list is endless. Their desserts and shakes are to die for, not to mention it’s the only place in Mombasa I know of that offers churros. The handcrafted wood furniture is unique and mesmerising, giving a homey feel for those who opt to lounge and down drinks coupled with the option of streaming live games.
Sat right behind City Mall in Nyali, it is definitely worth a try!
Operating hours: Open 24 hours with round-the-clock delivery
Reservations: 0706 555 555/ 0706 101010
Latest review: “Famously known for their happy hour where u buy 2 beers and get 1 free. Their food is lovely especially the burgers. U will like it”, Mickey Ambaka, Google review.
Google Rating: 4.3/5
I would obviously have to mention Milio’s! A family-run eatery that has a traditional brick wood-fired oven and authentic Italian thin-crust pizzas, plus the custom toppings and marinations are from freshly obtained ingredients.
Obscured away in Kizingo, the pizzeria is best accessed by private transport which means that Google is your friend. Other than the conventional pizza toppings, Milio’s offers options such as something beefy, something kuku, and veg options for their pizzas. Personal favourites would be the recent additions ‘big fat Greek pizza’ and the ‘special garlic prawns pizza’.
Dine-ins enjoy the cool shaded seating offered whilst deliveries are free (and prompt) within Kizingo.
Location: Tritton Road, Mombasa
Operating hours: 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM, 5 PM-9:30 PM
Reservations: 0706 555 555/0786 394060
Latest review: “Pizza place that will take your breath away. Once you are there ask for green pepper on oil. Wow, it’s delicious try them with the pizza of your choice. Have fun.” Haitham Housney, Google review.
Google Rating: 4.4/5
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