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South African Pies

Man, l miss meat samosas.

May 02, 2010
freikja in Middle East & Africa

Carnivore's Restaurant in Nairobi

Every time l've had crocodile it's been fishy. l think it's the nature of the beast, so to speak. ;)

May 02, 2010
freikja in Middle East & Africa

Carnivore's Restaurant in Nairobi

There was a point in time while living in Nairobi ('86-'93) when they were serving giraffe, crocodile, ostrich, wildebeest, zebra, and several other game meats. As l understood it (and as Cameroon pointed out) they were ranch animals. However, poaching has always been a major problem in Kenya, and l suspect that they thought continuing to serve game meat would either encourage poaching, or imply to the clientele that this was where the meat was coming from. lt really is too bad, though; it was always one of my favorite restaurants. l still go when l'm in town, but mostly for nostalgic purposes.

May 02, 2010
freikja in Middle East & Africa

Dining in Nairobi - An Overview

l moved to Nairobi in '86 and left in '94, and my last visit was in 2007, but l believe these are still current.

Chinese - l'm not sure if it's still there, but we loved the Rickshaw, which is downtown in an office building, l believe. There's also Chopstix in Hurlingham (APA Arcade
Grnd Flr, Argwings Kodhek Rd.), which l also love, though l'll say the Rickshaw is so far the best l've had there.

Gyros - Yaya Centre. This place has been there since the mall opened, and it is AMAZING. ln the States, you get some pita bread, tomatoes, lettuce, tzatziki, and hopefully some meat that is authentic and sliced off a rotating skewer. The best part about an American gyro is usually the meat, and that's a 50-50 shot to begin with. This place (can't remember the name but l think it's on the second floor somewhere) uses chapatis instead of pita -which is fine by me, since it's less filling and the gyro itself is pretty decent- but the meat is authentic and tasty. They include onions, pickles, and about ten sauces, including piri-piri, garlic, and eggplant, and every time l go back, this is the first place l want to eat. l'm sure it's in part because it's so nostalgic for me, but that doesn't change the fact that the gyros are absolutely fantastic.

There used to be a Japanese place in the same area called Shogun. Does anyone know if it's still there?

May 02, 2010
freikja in Middle East & Africa

Dining in Nairobi - An Overview

When we first moved to Nairobi back in '86, the Trattoria was where we went for ice cream, primarily, but l remember loving the bruschetta and the food in general.

When did they outlaw smoking?? Damn! l may have to quit.

May 01, 2010
freikja in Middle East & Africa

Dining in Nairobi - An Overview

Thank you! l figured l'd read through all the replies before adding the ones l missed, but l couldn't help myself when l asked about the place in Xerox house on the first reply, and Bangkok is the place l was wondering about. l'm SO excited it's still there; for some reason, last time l visited in '07, my dad said it had closed down so we never went. l'll have to rectify that in September. Although l did actually think it was Thai.

May 01, 2010
freikja in Middle East & Africa

Dining in Nairobi - An Overview

lsn't the place that was in the Xerox place gone now? Or is it Siam that has the special spicy prawns? l remember it was there back in the early 90's and that dish wasn't on the menu, but we could request it. lf this is your restaurant, l'm coming back for a visit in September, and you can definitely expect me to stop by!

May 01, 2010
freikja in Middle East & Africa