Kenya Indian Restaurants
Westlands is the centre of Nairobi's Indian population, but there are a few budget options downtown as well.
(The mall Shopping centre, Ring Rd, Westlands Mains Kshs 600-995)
An international award winner widely regarded as the best Indian restaurant in Kenya, Haandi has sister restaurants in Kampala, London and Middlesex and sells its own souvenir T-Shirts. The menu reads like a recipe book crossed with a guide to Indian cuisine, and includes a wonderful Mughlai (North Indian) and Tandoori dishes and plenty of vegetarian curries.
Chowpaty Pure Vegetarian Restaurant
(Shimmers Plaza, Westlands Rd, Westlands; mains Kshs 200-350)
A great Indian vegetarian restaurant. The menu is as much a manifesto as a food list, but the food is excellent and includes lots of South Indian dishes such as dhosa (lentil pancakes stuffed with vegetable curry)
(River rd, meals Kshs 170-250)
Near the junction with Tom Mboya St, this place offers excellent Punjabi vegetarian thalis (plate meals) consisting of various curries, rice, dhal, bhajia (vegetables fried in lentil flour) and chapattis. It has also superb fruit juices.
(Barclay's plaza, Loita st. mains kshs300-6000
The minar chain used to have several branches in the city centre, but now there's just this one, set in the plaza's basement courtyard. It specializes in Mughlai dishes but also does standard breakfasts and African dishes, plus good buffet lunches and plenty of vegetarian options.
(Taveta Rd; dishes Kshs 20-100)
Basic, ultra cheap Indian soul food around the corner from the Iqbal Hotel.
Ethiopian Food & Restaurants in Nairobi Kenya
Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
(Arwings Kodhek Rd, Hurlingham; mains Kshs 300-450)
One of those rare places with a character all its own, blue Nile's quirky lounge couldn't be mistaken for anything else, painted with stories from Ethiopian mythology-if you've ordered one of the many goat dishes, its best not to read the panels about poison until you've finished your meal! For the full communal African eating experience order the seven-person doro wat (spicy traditional chicken stew, Kshs 3500) with a few glasses of tej (honey wine, Kshs 125)
Addis Ababa Restaurant
(Wood vale grove, Westlands; mains Kshs 400-500)
Unlike the Ethiopian capital itself, this place is easily missed as it's tucked away up some stairs in an otherwise unremarkable block. Locate it and you'll also find good authentic food and occasional live music.
Italian Restaurants in Nairobi
With Kenya's huge Italian expats population, it's not surprising that there are some good Italian choices here.
(Cnr Wabera & Kaunda sts. Mains Kshs 400-1800)
A very popular downtown restaurant swathed in trellises and plants, offering excellent pizzas, pasta, varied mains and a whole page of desserts. The atmosphere and food are excellent and it's packed every night, especially the upstairs balcony section. Try the penne with vodka and smoked salmon (Kshs 550). A minimum spend of Kshs 500 per person applies for dinner, which is seldom a problem.
(Woodvale grove, Westlands; mains Kshs 390-800)
A quiet sophisticated place tricked out in typical checked table cloth style; with lots of pasta choices and good seafood-tasty cognac prawns will set you back Kshs 1500
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