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Nairobi Restaurant Week 2014

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Restaurant week has been a proven tradition amongst many major cities around the World including Cape Town, London, New York and Tokyo. 2014 will see Nairobi’s astounding restaurant scene added to this list. The innaugural Nairobi Restaurant Week will take place from the 30th of January (that’s tomorrow!) until the 6th of February 2014. A full 8 days for you to try as many restaurants as you can. All participating restaurant menus are priced at either Ksh 1250 or Ksh 1750 and include all taxes. Bookings are not compulsory. However, it is always a good idea to make a booking especially if you intend to have your meal at peak business hours.

You can browse through the different menus available from participating restaurants at Eat Out Kenya. From these menus, I’ve come up with my top 5 list that I just have to try. Automatically eliminated were those that did not have a dessert on the menu. Also taken into consideration is the number of options provided and value for money. And, because I am a full blooded Kenyan, there must be some sort of meat based entree. I also had to consider the reviews each restaurant has to whittle down the list to 5. There were so many great options. So my top 5 picks, and their menus for restaurant week are:

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FLAME TREE (SAROVA PANAFRIC)

Nairobi Restaurant Week Menu – Ksh 1750 (inclusive of all taxes)

Select one item from each course below:

Starters

  • Prawn Kachumbari Salad – Tossed with herb leafy greens, Vine Ripen Tomatoes, Onions, Cilantro and tomato tartar sauce
  • Goats Cheese and Tuna Salad – Toasted all grain wheels with sun dried tomato pesto and Organic greens topped with grilled fresh Tuna
  • After Eight (Chefs Favorite) (v) (n) – Green apple, avocado, bananas, Almonds tossed with crunchy lettuce With picked beets

Main Courses

  • Grilled Red Snapper, Spiced Basil Pomodoro Sauté potatoes and seasonal vegetables
  • Braised Lamb Shanks Garlic scented mash, carrots and French beans
  • Limuru Breed Farmer’s Pork Chops Sweet Potato Roseti, creamed spinach and black pudding
  • Traditional Kenyan Style Corn and Bean Pot Pie (v) Olive Bread and basil pesto

Desserts

  • Classic Tiramisu – Served with a coffee anglaise and caramelized almonds
  • Vanilla and Baileys Brulee – With vanilla confit and fresh strawberries
  • Tropical Fresh Fruit Tower – Served with a Scoop of French Vanilla ice cream

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FOGO GAUCHO

Nairobi Restaurant Week Menu – Ksh 1750 (inclusive of all taxes)

Select one item from each course below:

  • Brazilian Samosa (pastel)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Smoked pork leg honey glazed
  • Salami
  • 4 hot Dishes on the buffet
  • BBQ – Grilled chicken leg, Grilled Beef Top Sirloin, Rump steak, Beef ribs, Rump steak with garlic, Sirloin Steak, Lamb Leg, Grilled Tilapia, Beef sausage, Pork Sausage, Pork ribs, Pork legs, Grilled Prawns, Crocodile, Beef hump
  • Chili sauce, Mint sauce, Garlic sauce
  • French fries & Fried bananas
  • Grilled pineapple with cinnamon

MANDHARI

MANDHARI RESTAURANT (SERENA HOTEL)

Nairobi Restaurant Week Menu – Ksh 1750 (inclusive of all taxes)

Select one item from each course below:

Hors d’ oevres selection

  • Confiti of Kilifi quail, with granny smith apple and peppermint dressing (v)
  • Fricassee of burgundy escargot on parpadelle pasta.
  • Baked goat cheese with provencal vegetables and cilantro gastrique (v)
  • Vegetable tartare in a border of  marinated cucumber slices (v)

Main courses

  • Slow roasted tenderloin of beef served with butternut ravioli, eggplant, mini salad and thyme jus.
  • Supreme of baby chicken set on creamy parsnip gnocchi
  • Seared fillet of baby tilapia with vegetable ratatouille and quinoa granules.
  • Sweet corn, asparagus and spinach baklava nestling on yellow lentil curry (v)
  • Pasta risotto with wild mushrooms and sage espuma (v)

Sweets

  • Selection of desserts from the trolley

Seven

SEVEN GRILL & LOUNGE (VILLAGE MARKET)

Nairobi Restaurant Week Menu – Ksh 1750 (inclusive of all taxes)

Select one item from each course below:

Starters

  • Asparagus & brie tartlet  with herb salad and onion jam
  • French onion soup – a rich beef consommé finished with bubbling gruyere cheese

Mains

  • Pan seared catch of the day – a carefully caramelized fillet of fish with a basting of smoked paprika
  • Classic chicken kiev with roasted garlic butter over creamed spinach
  • Open lasagne of spinach & ricotta, & butternut with a parmesan cream

All dishes are served with vegetables and your selection of rice, mash or fries.

Dessert

  • Tropical fruit pavlova with wild berry coulis
  • Home made ice cream of the day

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SIKIA RESTAURANT (CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL)

Nairobi Restaurant Week Menu – Ksh 1250 (inclusive of all taxes)

Select one item from each course below:

Starters

  • Tom yum goong  – a clear hot and sour broth with prawns, flavoured with lemon grass and coriander
  • Sundried tomato soup with pesto – a puree of sundried tomatoes cooked with basil topped with pesto and croutons (v)
  • Caprese insalata – layered slices of mozzarella with tomatoes, selected organic greens set on beetroot carpaccio dressed with balsamic oil (v)
  • Hummus with feta and olive – creamy pureed chick peas with red bell peppers mixed with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and toasted sesame served with pita bread, marinated feta cheese and olives (v)

Mains

  • Zuccini & feta ravioli – pasta parcels filled with sautéed courgettes and feta cheese served with rich tomato, oregano and parmesan (v)
  • Moong dhal curry – green dhal cooked in onion, garlic, ginger, cumin seeds and coriander leaves with indian spices (v)
  • Stuffed chicken breast – oven roasted free range double chicken breast served with garlic herb cheese and served with lemon butter
  • Surf & turf
  • Grilled jumbo prawns with lemon herbs and beef fillet mignon on tomato salsa and pepperoni sauce

Desserts

  • Fine selection of desserts from our desserts trolley
  • Fruit platter

So that’s what I’ll be getting up to this coming week. Feel free to share your experiences during Nairobi Restaurant Week in the comment section below. You can also share them on social media using the hashtag #NRW2014. Happy Eating!!!

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