It is believed that the Kenyan craze- that’s Nyama Choma– traces its roots back to the Maasai people who used to eat grilled flesh or spareribs of cows and goats. Today, the current “Nyama Choma” is quite different from the original meats our forefathers used to indulge in. We have diversified from livestock to wildlife- from beef and goats to ostrich, giraffe, crocodile, and zebra meats. In addition, the traditional recipe for “Nyama Choma” has been developed. Compared with no flavouring traditional BBQ, new recipes have incorporated interesting aspects like lemon juice, garlic, and spices to infuse flavour as well as tenderize cuts in the roasting process.
From the Indian tandoor to the American barbecue, whatever the preparation method, it is well known that a kilo or so of grilled meat eaten with a side of authentic kachumbari (vegetable salad) and washed down with a cold choice of your favourite drink -Kenyan style-is hard to resist.
Here are a few places in Nairobi where you can have some good-old-fashioned nyama choma but with a tasty twist that will make for an exciting gateway if you want to escape from the norm.
Situated in Eldama Ravine Drive in Westlands, About Thyme restaurant is ideal for intimate dining in a relaxed outdoor setting. The menu is eclectic and you are assured a generous portion of well-barbecued meats ranging from their signature T-Bone steaks, beef –fillet pies, spare ribs, tuna steaks, which are served with a selection of their finger-licking sauces.
One of the well-known barbecue veterans in Nairobi, Carnivore is the ‘ultimate beast of a feast’. Every variety of meat including ostrich, crocodile and camel is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. Delicious side dishes and a sauces complement this fixed price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the décor are excellent.
Only a year since its debut in the market, Mughals restaurant located at the lively Adam’s Arcade is the ‘it’ place to be. Serving up authentic Indian barbecues and grills, Mughals is famous for its over-the-top tandoori cuisine, barbequed lamb chops and chicken wings, delicious kebabs, juicy mshikakis and finest chicken tikkas. They also deliver platters for any occasion and even do outdoor catering, so there’s no excuse to miss out.
Located at the Mall in Westlands, Bar.B.Q Tonight is not only known for its jaw-dropping prices (1200Kshs for a barbecue buffet), but also for its distinct selection of fusion of South, West and Central Asian Cuisine, that makes for the best opportunity to sample authentically prepared dishes from the Pakistani, Indian, Middle Eastern, Afghani, Iranian, Turkish countries.
Kivulini at Wasini
Recently refurbished and re-branded, Kivulini located at the Wasini luxury homes is not to be left out. Apart from serving up a wide array of continental dishes, they have a barbecue night every Friday for a limited fee of only 950Kshs. With selected cuts of barbecue meats carefully prepared by their skilled chefs, it would be a shame to pass up such a pocket-friendly offer.
Apart from being quite a popular ground for events in Nairobi, Mamba Village features an array of African, continental, game meat and the popular weekend grills that make their dining a trip down culture and tradition. That thrown in with a great indoor and outdoor experience, scenic gardens with a breathtaking view of a man-made lake makes it worthwhile visit.
Pampa Churrascaria/ Fogo Gaucho
With impeccable aura that best depict South Brazil, these two Brazilian steakhouses located in Nairobi offer a wide selection of skilfully grilled meats. Enjoy an all you can eat buffet meal for a selected price featuring more than 10 different cuts of meat.
For more info please log onto www.eatout.co.ke/Barbeque