Makuti Bar at InterContinental Nairobi is not a place that pops in my mind when looking for places to indulge in grilled meat. Mostly because the CBD isn’t necessarily a place I frequent. I am an ardent meat lover- something about biting on a tender, juicy cut of meat with a bit of char that satisfies me and when I got the invite to sample the meats from their grill, I got my appetite ready and made my way to the CBD.
This was my first time at the poolside bar during the day. It was a relatively busy afternoon for the servers as they were up and about during the busy lunch hour. From people catching up over lunch to others who seemed to be striking business deals; to others catching up on the re-run of an English Premier League match on the large projector screen, the place was a hive of activity.
Dubbed ‘Build Your Own Choma Platter’, the grill master, Chef Moses Ngondi serves a wide range of grilled meats including; Chicken Drumsticks, Timau Lamb Chops, Chicken Skewers, Goat Ribs, Lamb Sausages, German Sausages and Beef Mini Steaks. Guests can indulge in five, ten or fifteen varieties accompanied by kachumbari and served with a choice of sides including ugali, French fries, mashed potatoes or potato wedges.
“All the different types of meat undergo different preparation processes before being put on the grill. I marinate the chicken drumsticks in garlic, ginger, pepper and salt, bake them and marinate again in black pepper, white pepper and sugar, before taking to the grill. Before pre-cooking, the ribs also undergo marination with garlic, ginger, pepper and salt and then they are cooked on the grill,” explains Chef Moses. My mouth was already watery and I couldn’t wait to have a taste.
We had Chicken Drumsticks, Timau lamb chops, Chicken Skewers, Beef Mini Steaks, German Sausages and Lamb Sausages. Mustard, Sweet and Sour and Horseradish sauces accompanied them along with French fries, Ugali and Potato Wedges. The lamb chops, tender and juicy were flavourful with little fat. The marination on the chicken drumsticks gave them a delightful savoury touch. The beef mini steaks were succulent and charred, bursting with flavours from the marinades.
Meat platters are available every day at Makuti Bar and guests can choose how many categories of different meats they would like and how many pieces of each different type of meat. They are great for groups and are available for either lunch or dinner.
Chef Moses confirms that he can prepare the Timau Lamb Chops in only fifteen minutes so should your taste buds demand some choma lamb chops while in the CBD, Makuti Bar should be your go-to. Not only will your craving be satisfied, you will be treated to great tasting cuts combined with a relaxing ambiance to unwind.