FOOD REVIEW

King of global cuisine: Peppertree restaurant

The eatery serves up meals from different parts of the world combined to form food magic

In Summary

•The spring chicken is glazed with ginger and teriyaki sauce then roasted to a perfect golden brown in a charcoal oven. It is served with pineapple fried rice, chili oil and red cabbage slaw.

•Churros are sweet Mexican style donuts which consist of deep fried dough coated with sugar and cinnamon. Their churros are accompanied with a bowl of tenacious caramel dipping sauce.

Peppertree, Nairobi, is a fast growing captivating social spot located at Delta Towers along Waiyaki Way, Westlands.

Brian, the bartender happily mixes up a mocktail for me in lieu with the weather and my bubbly mood in relation to being at the premise. We decide to name the pink drink the Hibiscus Fizz a little non creative but it is a spar of the moment thing.

The drink is sweet but not too sweet, it has hints of mints and the gas from the club soda gives it a tingling refreshing taste. It is light on the tongue and a real delight.

For a starter, I decide to explore the vegetarian side and order the roast mushroom quesadilla.

The mushrooms and spring onions are roasted then placed in fresh flour tortillas, filled with white cheddar cheese then toasted till golden brown.

The quesadillas are served with a fresh red cabbage salad, small bowl of guacamole, fresh salsa, cilantro and sliced pieces of lime.

vegetarian quesadillas
vegetarian quesadillas
Image: Saidi Abdallah

Having the vegetarian quesadillas was a perfect choice, the tortilla bread they are placed on is really soft you can literally tear it with your hands. The roasted mushrooms were the highlight of my day, minus in pizza I’ve never really had mushrooms, my mind was totally blown.

They have a tantalizing savoury taste, not too soft and nicely chewy. The cheese doubles up the taste of the quesadillas with its creamy umami flavour.

Guacamole goes really well with them but the crunchiness and subtle zing taste of the salsa is the real kick. It adds crunchiness that makes the meal extra scrumptious.

You cannot help but stuff your mouth, one bite after the other.

I had to go back to meat for my main meal. I decided to travel into a whole other continent to satisfy my taste buds. I ordered the Tokyo teriyaki chicken, which turned to be a real delight.

spring chicken glazed with ginger and teriyaki sauce served with pineapple fried rice, chili oil and red cabbage slaw.
spring chicken glazed with ginger and teriyaki sauce served with pineapple fried rice, chili oil and red cabbage slaw.
Image: Saidi Abdallah

The spring chicken is glazed with ginger and teriyaki sauce then roasted to a perfect golden brown in a charcoal oven. It is served with pineapple fried rice, chili oil and red cabbage slaw.

The chicken is really tender and perfectly done and, has a delicate jerk taste.

The pineapple fried rice takes ones taste buds on a trip, it is a mixture of sweet and savoury.

Red cabbage slaw bridges the gap between the two meals, it has a piquant taste and is crunchy which entices the mouth as everything else is just soft and chewy.

Now the chili oil does the real trick, it is sweet, spicy and has a mellow hotness to it and goes really well with the meal.

For dessert I was totally spoiled for choice.

Once again, I decided to travel the globe in my culinary explores and went for the Mexican churros which are served with caramel dipping sauce.

The churros are divine!

Churros are sweet Mexican style donuts which consist of deep fried dough coated with sugar and cinnamon and are accompanied with a bowl of tenacious caramel dipping sauce.

Mexican churros served with caramel dipping sauce.
Mexican churros served with caramel dipping sauce.
Image: Saidi Abdallah

They are really soft yet crunchy, it is like biting into a delicious cloud of sugar. The caramel dipping sauce has an amazing consistency, and is overly sweet.

This was then followed by a chocolate fondant cake.

The chocolate fondant cake is a warm moist chocolate cake, fresh off the oven topped with vanilla ice cream, passion fruit coulis and mango achari.

The passion fruit coulis mixed with mango achari is tart and a little sour a contrast to the sweetness of the vanilla ice cream. These toppings which are chilled compliment the warm and sweet flavour of the cake in such an interesting way.

Dining at Peppertree is everything as a client you want your entire dining experience to be.

Fast and friendly service and meals that not only look good but taste incredible as well.

Not forgetting the aesthetics, no one wants to spend money in a boring space.

The meals are really affordable ranging from Sh.500 to Sh.2300 and the portions and presentation do not disappoint. They also have happy hour daily from 3pm to 6pm.

For more information or for reservations, do reach them on; [email protected] or call; 0721172950.

Or Peppertree Kenya on Instagram.

Do let me know about your experience or what you loved most once you visit.