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“Did not live up to the hype” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Talisman

Talisman
P.O. Box 834 Ngong Road, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Ranked #2 of 301 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.
Cape Town
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Did not live up to the hype”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We visited Talisman on Friday night and it was a bit of a disappointment given the great reviews received on TA...

The service was friendly and efficient, great. However, the fact that the kitchen closed at 22:00 was a bit strange given the fact that the entire place was filled to capacity around this time (we arrived at 21:20 and were informed that we need to get our order in asap if we wanted to eat).

Fine, the above I can still live with. However, the food was, at best, average. My burger missed some of its advertised toppings. I had asked for french fries (one has the option for thick-cut or thin french) and the bulky chips arrived. Felt a bit mass-produced to be honest and pricey for what was offered.

Would rather go back to Urban in Westlands if wanting a good burger!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, June 18, 2013
Thanks for the feedback. Our kitchen hours are given on our website and on our Facebook page. The kitchen closes at 10pm Tuesday to Saturday and 9pm on Sunday. Our bar remains open past kitchen closing times, of course, and we always have a full crowd on weekends, as Talisman is a popular gathering place for locals. If you'd like to come in late, you can always call in your order ahead, and we'll have it ready when you arrive. The full menu is on our site at thetalismanrestaurant.com for your convenience, and we post chef's specials regularly on Facebook. We'd love to have you try us again.
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Recommeded”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We had a lovely meal here and the staff were attentive, bring us an outdoor heater when they noticed my daughter shiver. We enjoyed our night and would go back.

Visited May 2013
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, June 15, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to leave the feedback, and we hope to see you again soon. Try us on a sunny day so you can enjoy the warmth of the patio!
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Hawaii
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Consistently good...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

Highly recommended... Have had breakfast, lunch & dinner here and it's always good.
Knowledgable and helpful staff, good wifi, lovely ambiance, great wine list... I could go on, definitely worth a visit whilst in Nairobi... Keep it up...

Visited June 2013
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Thank you for the kind remarks. We'll be introducing some new breakfast options soon, so we'd love to welcome you back to try those. It's always a pleasure to see familiar faces.
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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“a good place for weekends”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Last weekends (25th may,2013) we 5 friends went to talisman ... it was like a long drive to Karen and after reaching there we all found that its really worth it .. i just love the place .... Food was good but will not say excellent ... and price is high specially soup one Tom Yum Goone cost 950 Kenyan currency!! One week part is the waiters are very slow.. we have ordered different dishes, but the food portion was not ok for all dishes .like when we went there i have ordered rice with king prawns and for me the portion was very small for me so later on i took one extra drink and for my husband his food portion was quite good for an empty stomach ... lol... overall it’s not bad.. i will encourage people to visit this restaurant for at least one time..

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Thanks very much for taking the time to leave your comments. We're really working hard to improve wait times, and we're always interested in hearing how you enjoyed the food and what we can improve. Hope to see you again, and we're glad you felt it was worth the drive to Karen!
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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent as usual”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Had another excellent meal at Talisman - always delicious and pleasant atmosphere with good service. Pricey, but worth it.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Thanks very much! We really enjoy seeing repeat customers and look forward to welcoming you again.
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