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“African jungle” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Talisman

Talisman
P.O. Box 834 Ngong Road, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Ranked #1 of 323 Restaurants in Nairobi
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.
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“African jungle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

I sat outside with a couple of friends and we had lunch. The waiter, I think his name was Stephen, did a great job and was very attentive as he made sure we were comfortable. I had the Poached Norwegian Salmon, which was really nice and the Passion Mojitos there are divine! Please try one and see for yourself. The setting in Karen's green leafy suburbs makes the outdoor dining experience worthwhile. Overall I loved the place and food. Thanks guys, will definitely be visiting again since I live 15min away :)

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Thanks so much for the lovely review. We're delighted that you enjoyed the garden and the food and look forward to seeing you back again soon!
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Los Angeles, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Children not welcome”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Parents take note - children ARE NOT WELCOME at this establishment.

Front desk will not tell you this of course and will be happy to sell you a full priced (overpriced) meal. But the owner/chef will make your children feel very unwelcome in HIS restaurant.

Stay well clear - there are many other nice places to eat with kids in Karen these days.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Talisman has always welcomed families and is an ideal setting for children during daytime meals. However, it is important to note that it is illegal in Kenya for children to be in our bar area. When our staff find children running around, they do have to politely request that parents take their children out to the main dining area. When a polite request isn't heeded, sometimes a firmer nudge is required. We are more than happy to have well-behaved, well-supervised children enjoy our restaurant, but we simply have to be firm when it comes to children in the bar area. We apologize if you were offended by the request to remove your children, but it's the law. You'll be more than welcome to come back during kid-friendly hours and enjoy all that Talisman has to offer little ones (like a great playground and patio).
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Talisman”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

I always love to eat here, the food is outstanding and always something new and different. A great place to enjoy going with special people. A wonderful place to be

Visited December 2012
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Thanks, Iris! We're glad to know Talisman is tops on your list, and we hope to see you again soon when you're in Nairobi!
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Excellent eating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

If you go to Nairobi, you must visit Talisman. The plates are of high quality and strike a tasty balance between classical and innovative. The lush vegetation in the courtyard provide shade and along with the meal most of your senses should be tingled. Lastly, do not miss their puddings which by full live up to their starters and mains. Even something as simple as a 'Sunday' is made an extraordinary experience.

Visited December 2012
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Thank you so much, Ida, for taking the time to tell us what made your Talisman experience such a special one! We're delighted you enjoyed the garden ambiance and especially our menu. Come back soon!
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Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great food and ambience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

It is a cozy restaurant in Karen. Food is great and service is fast and efficient. Sat outside under the trees and the ambience was good

Visited November 2012
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Thanks so much, Christine! We're so glad you enjoyed our beautiful garden and the service. Come back any time!
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