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Talisman

P.O. Box 834 Ngong Road, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Ranked #2 of 300 restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Tampa, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It's the bathrooms that got my attention. They were clean, cosy and comfortable. The food was average but the service was great. The menu is a little bit confusing and has limited choice.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful restaurant and ambiance. I highly suggest coming here for dinner, as the atmosphere is very pretty and relaxed. I enjoyed the coriander/feta samosas, the avocado/tuna soyae, and the gnocchi. The desserts are simply incredible--try the knicker bocker sundae for a really delicious, unique sweet treat. I also had the salad appetizer which was just okay. Their steak is excellent... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

International standard food, menu, quality and presentation. Wonderful environment and outdoor ambiance. Good bar and constant art gallery shows by local artists. Good service. Secure, friendly and unique.

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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The service is very good. The menu includes a good variety of dishes combined with local specialities. I can recommend the samosas and the steak. The athmosphere is very pleasant. The play area for the kids is also nice.

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

Thanks very much for the kind words, and we'd love to welcome you back any time! More

Kenya
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Small menu with mostly local ingredients. Very well cooked and presented, without pretensions. Not cheap by Nairobi standards, but excellent value for money. Wine list however needs quite some attention. Do not change your front brigade. A perfect combination of family and respect for privacy. My favourate place in Nairobi, in spite of the rather long drive to get there.

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

Thank you for the feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your meal. Come back anytime, it's a pleasure to serve you. More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

1. The booking very friendly and effective 2. The menu well structured with day specials. The kitchen international with some local elements. 3. The presentation very nice and the raw materials fresh. 4. As starter we had the tempura prawns and T tuna. Both very tasty but the tempura prawns were a dream! Crunchy and very tasty. 5. For main... More

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

Thank you Michael for taking the time to leave such a lovely, detailed review. We are glad you made the time to stop and eat with us and that you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for the feedback on the creme brule I'll be sure to pass along your concern to the kitchen crew. Thanks again for this hearty recommendation and... More

Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

The service was amazing, the prices were great and the food was absolutely divine! The steak was the best I have had in Africa, I have been to 8 countries and I think I am allowed to comment on that. The steak came with a potato pancake, wasabi and roasted veggies. The samosas here are a must try I am... More

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

Belated Happy Birthday from all of us. Thanks for the ringing endorsement on our service,steak and the feta samosas. I'll be sure to pass along your compliments to the kitchen crew and service staff. Cheers! More

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Lovely, high quality food. Nice atmosphere. Good little play area for children too. Friendly staff. Difficult to fault.

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

Thanks for the lovely feedback. We are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed the atmosphere, service and food. Thank you for bringing your family to experience what Talisman has to offer, Would love to welcome you back anytime. Karibu. More

Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

While researching for a nice place to eat on TripAdvisor I came across the Talisman! The reviews were great and thus my expectations were really up there! Some reviewers had used adjectives such as "divine" to describe the food and thus naturally I made a call to reserve a place for my family but we were told that the only... More

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

Thanks very much for taking the time to post your review. Our steaks are served with bhajia potatoes, apologies that this did not happen. We want to make sure each dish is fantastic, no matter how many people are here. We do have very friendly staff, please make a request for anything and we are always happy to assist. We... More

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The agora restaurant! This is such a good concept, it is not simply a restaurant with alfresco dining, there is also an organic foodstuff market and there are art exhibitions and special events. The location is a little isolated for those without their own transport but I was lucky enough to be seated without a reservation on the three occasions... More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this detailed comment. We are glad you made the time to stop and eat with us. Come again any time. More

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