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La Palanka Nairobi

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909 James Gichuru Road | Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 737 444440
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: A unique fine African cuisine restaurant in Nairobi.Offering a fusion of...
A unique fine African cuisine restaurant in Nairobi.Offering a fusion of exotic flavors from across Africa.
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Visitor rating
  • 15
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Empty and soulless .........

A colleague and I were taken out on a Tuesday evening after being asked if we would like "African Food". Sounded good so off we went - took an hour to get there so a bit grumpy when we arrived but the place was empty and had a couple of waiters hanging about. The soup was very good but... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Gavin J
via mobile
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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52 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

A colleague and I were taken out on a Tuesday evening after being asked if we would like "African Food". Sounded good so off we went - took an hour to get there so a bit grumpy when we arrived but the place was empty and had a couple of waiters hanging about. The soup was very good but when... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We were invited by a friend for a dinner party. We sat inside and I really enjoyed the ambience. It was very warm, welcoming and relaxing. The food was good and the service was equally good. Considering that we were quite a number, I was impressed by their service.

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Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We held an after party for a friend here. I was the link between the restaurant and the couple. About 2 hours to time, I passed by to check up on the set up and it was not what we had agreed on. So the manager and I had to work out a plan B. Their private setups are ideal... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We visited this place with friends for an easy dinner. Its nicely situated at a quite location. You can choose to sit in or outside, as it was raining we picked inside. They do have heaters for the colder evenings. The inside is nicely setup with a fireplace to provide a cosy atmosphere. The constantly chasing lights and music that... More 

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United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The photos on the website look far more attractive than the venue is in real life and the same goes for the menu. Very disappointing food- dry and salty grilled chicken (no sign of the 'African spices'), goat stew completely smothered in tinned tomato sauce- shame, because the meat was lovely and taken off the bone, sweet potato chips ok,... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The restaurant has a good selection of tables inside and outdoors. We selected the restuarant for its African food advertisement. Sad to say the food is not much more than regular canteen style local food. The only high was beef skewers that was a notch above the regular shoe sole meat. Service is fairly slow, they are trying to be... More 

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Nairobi
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Recommended by a younger more adventurous relative when I was looking for restaurant to take my family for a dinner, I first tried out La Palanka in October this year, and was back there in November this year. I find the restaurant excellent in terms of: decor, ease of access, staff attention to service quality and parking. Improvements that the... More 

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Snohomish, Washington
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The setting was quiet and well-appointed, and the menu had a nice variety of African-style dished. We enjoyed the stews and rice dishes. Prices seemed a little on the high side, but we would definitely return.

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Datchet, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

As said, my husband and I are looking for a restaurant that will serve any authentic African Cuisine. It can be just East Africa or combination of all of the African nation. For just over a year old restaurant, décor is not appealing, service is ok but in comparison to its website, it was a disappointment. The search continues.......

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I recently visited the Le Palanka restaurant, the food is great, warm and friendly staff and cosy ambience. the music is great. Very impressed. I must go again soon.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 909 James Gichuru Road | Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Nairobi
  • Phone Number: +254 737 444440

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: African

Description

A unique fine African cuisine restaurant in Nairobi.Offering a fusion of exotic flavors from across Africa.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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