Most people if asked, will tell you that the quality of a restaurant is measured by the scrumptious taste of the food, the efficiency of the waiters or even the overall experience they had. However all these are true, there is one aspect that is always highly overlooked or even assumed and that is hygiene. We seldom know what goes on behind the large busy kitchens as long as we are assured of an attractively served meal at the table. Yet many are the ones that will occasionally suffer the dreadful bout of ‘food poising’ after indulging in a hearty meal. Well, you can be happy to know that there is one restaurant in Nairobi that will put your worries to ease.
The Oasis at the Southern Sun Mayfair has recently been certified by SGS (a leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company) for its high standards of hygiene in the kitchen. A one of its kind award, Oasis has been thoroughly inspected and certified for maintaining basic and personal hygiene, sanitary conditions as well as commendable food handling practices. On a recent visit, we were happy to sample their buffet menu, which the General manager of six years Paul Norman explained was quite popular with the delegates that use their conferencing facilities. Rebranded from ‘Holiday Inn’ less than three years ago, the then modest hotel has gone through a massive facelift on the major areas of the establishment and is now looking as good as new. Overlooking the refreshing pool and set in a set in a friendly, casual atmosphere we were curious to know what Oasis offered the public alike. Open for lunch from around midday to 2.30pm, the buffet, priced at 1,950Kshs is indeed quite impressive. Filled with a wide array of fresh salads and special soup of the day, which happened to be mushroom soup, the starters are filling and delicious. You are welcome to fill your plate as much as you can, provided you have some room for the rest of the dishes.
Further down the table, are some authentic Kenyan selections like the sukuma-wiki in cream sauce, the ndengu (lentils), mildly spiced and taken with an option of either white rice or chapati. The meats are quite tasty, my favourite being the lamb sauce, as flavourful and tender as they come. The chefs then pile for you hot barbecued pork chops and are leave you to tackle the rest. Service is quick and the waiters do not hesitate to clear your table when done or ask if you need anything else. The desserts, made up of a collection of different cakes await you after the feast- that’s if you are still up for it. Paul throws in that they are usually open for breakfast (reputed to be the best in town) from 4a.m in the morning and dinner up till 11pm at night so you have no excuse not to drop by and experience what this classic hotel has to offer.
To book online please log onto www.eatout.co.ke/Oasis