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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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dar es salaam
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

1st I would like to say how nice it is to get such a good service. now the food. fantastic, delicious. I think the best is to book in advance. We sat near the fireplace, it was cozy, warm, but the garden - is just refershing... just book before you go, and get there before 13:00hrs for lunch on weekends... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We use this place as a treat every so often. This time was to celebrate a friend's visit and as ever, Talisman didn't let us down. We booked ahead as the previous weekend we couldn't even get a table. The food, as always, was exquisitely presented, extremely tasty and quite quick to arrive. Their selection of home made lemonades were... More

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nairobi
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22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Visited the Talisman for dinner. We were welcomed warmly at the entrance and directed towards a fantastic spot by the fire place, considering the low temps that night, can't describe that as nothing but awesome..........lucky too I suppose. The drinks order was taken swiftly and boy is their Jack Toddy something!!!!! They have a special blend of Talisman spices.........you've got... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Best fish cakes in town. The atmosphere was good. Nice jiko to keep me warm,the fountain water trilling then the classic music and beautiful art work. Waiters were quick and very professional.

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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

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

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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42 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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

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