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Talisman

P.O. Box 834 Ngong Road, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Ranked #1 of 315 restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Continental, Café, Asian fusion
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Recently reopened after extensive renovations, the Talisman is located in Karen just on the outskirts of Nairobi in an old colonial building among lush beautiful gardens. Relax either indoors or outdoors or outdoors on our beautiful patio. Chef Marcus Mitchell, who has trained in France and Spain, brings his own unique touch to each dish and has gained acclaim for his fabulous continental and fusion menu. Talisman's service team is also renowned for its hospitality.
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Ok, so I dropped way more money than I expected to. A beer, appetizer, entre and dessert set be back about $50. However, the food was the best I've had in Nairobi. In terms of appetizers, their samosas are excellent and come highly recommended. You can get samosas anywhere in Nairobi, but few have been as tasty. For an entre,... More

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Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We passed by this place many times without noticing how nice it was. It was only when we searched on Trip Advisor that we decided to try it. It was an amazing experience! Staff is friendly and well trained and the food is simply delicious! The samosas were the best I ever tasted and my steak was exactly as I... More

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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59 reviews 59 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Have visited the Talisman twice in a recent visit to Nairobi. You literally walk into another world of fountains, umbrella tables, plantings and a tend bar scene. The curry was delicious, and a chili crab special on angel hair was spicy and innovative. You have to try the feta samosas. The desserts were also a treat, especially the coffee and... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Loved the food and pastries. Went there couple of times and got never disappointed. The portable fire pots are adding awesome to the cozy atmosphere. Any time again!

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks Eric S for taking the time to write us a review. We are super happy you've enjoyed Talisman on more than one occasion and we have not disappointed you! Look forward to having you back any time. Karibu! More

Sydney
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I was lucky enough to eat here for my last night in Africa. Wow, definitely the best food I had eaten in months. Their pork belly starter was amazing (and I love my pork belly), and the deluxe sushi platter was fresh, delicious and varied. Service was attentive but unobtrusive. And the décor is comfortable and stylish. This place deserves... More

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Really honored you made the time to stop and eat with us on your last night in Africa. Thanks for the lovely feedback. We're delighted that you enjoyed the pork belly starter, the deluxe sushi platter and the service. I'll be sure to pass along your compliments to the kitchen and service crew. Hope you'll visit us again when you... More

Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Very good food. I had the knicker bocker glory for Dessert. It was to die for!! I would definitely go back

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words and the recommendation Faith- KG. We look forward to hosting you again. Karibu. More

Kampala, Uganda
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The food here is great! The selection is wide with options from several genres. The service is quick and efficient. They also have a great play area for the children in the back.

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Thanks ! We're so glad you enjoyed the food,service and the playground and that our staff took good care of you. We look forward to seeing you back again soon. Karibu! More

Nairobi, Kenya
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is probably the best restaurant in Nairobi, without a doubt the best in the Karen area. Its famous samosa starters are worth a trip by themselves, the sushi is also quite good and so are the other meat and fish dishes. The staff are particularly helpful for a Nairobi restaurant and the setting is very pleasant, outside and in.

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Wow! What a fantastic review Kate K. We're delighted you enjoyed all the things that make Talisman so special. Really glad you found us worth the trip. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, and we hope to see you soon. More

Ramsbury Wiltshire
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Had dinner in a lovely garden dimly lit with candles and low lighting. Good food and excellent service

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

We're delighted that you enjoyed our warm inviting atmosphere . The garden, fireplaces and candles do make a terrific setting. Thanks again for your visit, we look forward to hosting you again. More

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We went there for a birthday dinner. The resident cat took a liking to one of my friends :-) The food was FANTASTIC! You'll never go wrong with the steak!

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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review

Happy belated birthday ! Really glad you enjoyed the steak and our signature feta samosas. We pride ourselves on our tender beef. We were delighted to host you here at Talisman. Come again soon. Karibu! More

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