FOOD REVIEW

A 'Taste of Nairobi' showcases cuisine

A highlight of the very best of Nairobi's dining scene featuring top dining spots in the city

In Summary

•The setup was warm, spectacular and intimate. With shades of autumn donning the room.

•For dessert we were presented with chocolate mousse in a short paste tart. It was every death by chocolate's fan dream come true. 

Photo of coconut rice and stir fried French fries prepared as part of guests main course
Photo of coconut rice and stir fried French fries prepared as part of guests main course
Image: Margaret Wanjiru

Taste of Nairobi is an initiative that aims to highlight the very best of Nairobi’s dining scene.

It is set to feature 12 of Nairobi’s finest restaurants and 11 Pop-Ups that will showcase mouth-watering, one-of-a-kind tasting menus and experiences for the next 6 weeks.

It is a partnership between MasterCard, EatOut and Singleton, that invites Kenyans to an exclusive sensory journey of the best culinary pots in  the city.

I had the pleasure of attending the launch at The Social House,which garnered the first runner's up spot in the ‘Best Urban Hotels ' category of the National Geographic Traveller annual hotel awards.

The setup was warm, spectacular and intimate. With shades of autumn donning the room.

Dinner setup during the launch.
Dinner setup during the launch.
Image: Maegaret Wanjiru

There were vegetarian and meaty options for all the meals served throughout the night.

For a starter I chose the crispy organic salad, I genuinely love salads and I'm on a quest of sampling as many different recipes as I can. I also wanted to start dinner lightly but kinda regretted the decision when I saw the beef carpaccio.

Beef Carpaccio (starter)
Beef Carpaccio (starter)
Image: Margaret Wanjiru

It looked artistic and exotic, like something you want framed. My only consolation, it wasn't as colourful as the salad.

The salad had assorted lettuce, sliced carrots and cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, mango, feta cheese and beetroot laced with Singleton.

The mangoes had a fresh, soft  and sweet taste that complimented the crunchy perfectly salted vegetables. The feta cheese was a great addition to the plate.

Crispy organic salad (starter)
Crispy organic salad (starter)
Image: Margaret Wanjiru

For the main course,  the guests had the option of either a 21 day aged rib eye steak, a Norwegian pan-fried salmon fillet or Thai green vegetable curry. The accompaniments options were coconut rice or masala fries.

I had the rib eye steak served with seasonal vegetables, stir fried french fries and gravy.

I chose my meat well done, haven't quite gotten around to the whole concept of medium rare.

The stir fried fries were an absolute favourite, all so thick yet soft and well spiced. A little oily for my liking but too scrumptious to be a deal breaker.

The steak was a little bit tough but I loved the gravy it came with. I wanted a whole bucket of it.

The salmon looked tantalizing, a pure work of art. If only I had the capacity for two main meals.

Pan-fried Norwegian salmon fillet served with leek fondue, asparagus and lemon capers sauce.
Pan-fried Norwegian salmon fillet served with leek fondue, asparagus and lemon capers sauce.
Image: Margaret Wanjiru

For dessert we were presented with chocolate mousse in a short paste tart. It was every death by chocolate's fan dream come true.

Loved the grated chocolate and the shard of white chocolate topping the dessert. The chocolate mousse was sweet, a fluffy consistency and light texture.

Chocolate mousse in a short paste tart (dessert)
Chocolate mousse in a short paste tart (dessert)
Image: Margaret Wanjiru

The entire dining experience was blissful, I loved the setup, the vibes, the meals and being around such a bold fun team of foodies and content creators. A true taste of Nairobi.