This bar-cum-restaurant opened only very recently but has already become the talk of the town thanks to its good service and mouth-watering dishes. Comfortably furnished with plush orange seats and decorated in an attractive cream colour scheme, Tanagers has a very homely feel. Beef curry and shangai chicken are the highlights of the menu (KSh 300), though the lamb and fish dishes are also very good. Drinks are good value with a glass of wine costing just KSh 70. A good place for a quiet drink or meal.
Formerly known as the Fairview, this hotel bar is centrally located with fantastic views of the city. The warm atmosphere and the wide choice of food and drink makes it a place you will want to visit again and again. It is a very colourful place especially at night when the bright, stained glass lamps are switched on, enhancing the red Indian-style decor. Starters range from quesadillos (KSh 265) and nachos (KSh 360) to buffalo wings (KSh 330) and calamari (KSh 300). For a main course, two large portions of grilled sausage are very good value at KSh 470. Another tasty option is the Spur Chops, two large portions of lamb chops, which are roasted to perfection (KSh 580). A full variety of drinks including wine, spirits and lager (KSh 110).
This fabulous restaurant is located about ten minutes away from the City Centre. One of the better seafood restaurants in the city, the Ocean Basket offers a tasty and varied selection of fresh fish. Soothing background music makes this an ideal venue for a relaxing and peaceful evening. Very popular with couples. Oyster in garlic butter, crab claws, lobster thermidor, and red snapper in a white wine creamy sauce are just a few examples of dishes that will tickle your tastebuds. The Sunday lunch special of English fish with French fries is highly recommended.
Located within the Parklands Shade hotel, this is a club and a sports bar jam-packed with pool tables, a restaurant, and a disco all rolled into one. In short, there is eveything you could need for a great evening out plus entry is free. The white decor reflects the rather laid-back feel of the place. Not that it's quiet. Fun-lovers dance till the wee hours to loud rock music. The food is nothing to rave about: a steak or burger is as about as exotic as you will get here but the fully-stocked bar makes up for this. This is a nice spot to celebrate week's end.
Established in 1962, this is one of the city's oldest and finest. This small bistro offers excellent food with a touch of humour. Look out for Mr Bobbé's witticisms on the handwritten menus. Small and intimate, this is the perfect spot for a romantic meal. It's an odd but endearing combination of camp (just look at that poodle logo) and class. A favourite with discerning expats so book in advance to avoid disappointment. The fabulous French fare includes soups, salads, seafood and even sheep's brains! The tasty and filling soups are very highly recommended. Unfortunately, it is a bit on the pricey side with an average meal costing around KSh 1200. Budget diners should take advantage of the cheaper lunchtime menu.
Located on a balcony next to a cinema, this restaurant is thriving with activity. It can be quite noisy at times so it is not the place to go if you want to relax. Loud African music creates a pleasantly jolly atmosphere, and all meals are cooked according to local tradition, with cow ghee, coconut oil and traditional vegetables. Main dishes are reasonable value at USD2.50 and include traditional mix grill, fish stewed in coconut and spare ribs. The well-stocked bar offers beers, spirits (USD1 per shot) and wine.
Located on the ground floor of the majestic Anniversary Towers, this comfortable restaurant offers a delightful range of delicious food at reasonable prices. The open-air dining area is a great place to relax with its colorful umbrellas and lush greenery. The soothing sound of water trickling from the fountains adds to the laid-back atmosphere. The tasty range of meat dishes includes grilled chicken, fish and beef fillet (USD5). Wash it down with a glass of cool beer (USD1) or a tot of whisky (USD1). Ideal for budget diners.
One of the oldest restaurants in the city, Hong Kong is continuing to draw in the punters thanks its amazing Cantonese food. Traditional Eastern decor but with few furnishings. A firm favourite with locals and tourists so book in advance to avoid disappointment. Start off with the hearty and tasty soup which is excellent value at KSh 180. If you still have room, try the fried prawns (around KSh 300). Chopsticks only!
One of the most established eateries in the city, the Evergreen is almost as old as the street on which it stands. A good place to go if you'd like to try some local cuisine in an authentic African atmosphere. Not much effort has been put into the decor but this doesn't seem to bother the steady stream of locals that come through the door. The traditional tunes playing in the background give the place a unique and pleasant ambience. Specialities include kienyeji (traditionally cooked potatoes and beans), mixed grill, irio and chicken. There's not much to choose between them: they are all very filling and good value at KSh 250. Licenced.
Located next to the historical Jevanjee Gardens, this fast food joint is a favourite with locals who relish its grilled and roasted chicken. The interior is light, airy and always jam-packed with hungry tourists and locals. It's so busy that you may have difficulty actually finding a seat. Roasted or grilled chicken is served with French fries and a choice of sauces. Very filling, very tasty and very cheap with most meals costing only KSh 150. Unlicenced.
Popular with families, Wheels offers a choice of two dining areas. The first floor offers self-service - but no alcohol - whilst the rooftop area is perfect for those who want to have a tipple with their meal. It also offers an impressive view of Chiromo Road, one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city. The interior is basic but clean. This popular joint offers a variety of dishes and drinks that will not drain your pocket. For only KSh 170, you can sample the Kenyan speciality, nyama choma (roasted meat). Wash it down with a dram of whisky or a glass of lager (KSh 60). A good choice for budget diners.