RESTAURANT REVIEW

Why you can’t help but smile at The Big Fish

In Summary

• The restaurant has a wooden rustic interior and bright-coloured walls, drawing you in

• Outside there are more seats and tables where you can enjoy the cool Nairobi breeze

The big fish, located on Church Road, Westlands, officially opened its doors last month with the aim of providing its clientele with tasty tilapia at affordable prices. https://bit.ly/3yaZhA3

The big fish, located on Church Road, Westlands, officially opened its doors last month with the aim of providing its clientele with tasty tilapia at affordable prices. Once you walk in, you can’t help but smile. The wooden rustic interior and bright-coloured walls draw you in.

The first section of the restaurant has navy blue walls and a single wall hanging of the ocean in captivating shades of light blue on a white canvas. It has a low-cut serving hatch, which lets you have a view of the second section as well.

The second section, which is bigger, has a blend of dark and light brown. Hints of black with maroon walls bring the place to life in such a spectacular way. How such dark colours marry each other and don’t look boring is amazing.

The restaurant is spacious, ranging from tables for two to tables with four seats, to ones with whole benches for a big squad to enjoy their meals together, instead of squeezing into tables and struggling to keep a conversation while making everyone in adjacent seats uncomfortable.

The tables are separated by cute wooden freestanding walls, which are decorative yet functional.

There are industrial lights placed strategically on the walls and hanging off the ceiling planks enclosed in glass, giving the place such a warm feel. But the highlight of it all is their roofing. The restaurant has open roofing with spaced wooden planks that let in natural light.

The concept makes the place even more enchanting.

Bar area at Bigfish Restaurant in Westlands
Bar area at Bigfish Restaurant in Westlands
Image: MARGARET WANJIRU

The service is a little slow, though I attributed that to how busy they seemed to be. Customers constantly coming in and riders picking up deliveries.

Big Fish has a bar outside the restaurant, which I find really smart and considerate. You can have a family meal at the restaurant without any worries.

The bar area also has two sections, though not as spacious as the restaurant itself. The mixologist corner is lined with fairy lights, giving it a captivating aura. It has painted white walls, wooden seats and cushioned grey sofas.

Outside, there are more seats and tables where one can dine while enjoying the cool Nairobi breeze and some sunlight. The restaurant also has a car wash within its facility, a nice treat as you can enjoy some tilapia as your car gets cleaned. 

They only offer tilapia, large, medium and small, though prepared in different ways and with accompaniments such as white or brown ugali, fries or masala fries, guacamole and green vegetables. They have a variety of drinks as well, ranging from non-alcoholic beverages, fresh juices and smoothies to alcoholic drinks.