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“good food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Talisman

Talisman
320 Ngong Road, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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Ranked #1 of 343 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: African, European, Pan-Asian
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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: The Talisman is an elegant Gastrolounge with an eclectic twist. Described as "The best place in town" by New York Times Spirited Traveler and consistently the #1 restaurant in Kenya on TripAdvisor, The Talisman offers a myriad of experiences to our patrons. Featuring carved wooden pillars from Pakistan, elegant Afghan rugs, charming fireplaces, sprawling terraces and idyllic gardens, The Talisman blends fine dining with unbridled eclecticism. We have made every effort to create the ideal ambience for those seeking a candle-lit romantic dinner, a casual evening drink with friends, an outdoor lunch with family and everything in between ~ And all this is complemented by distinguished service from our cordial staff.
Nairobi, Kenya
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37 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

talisman has a very rustique feel... the food is great.. the menu is something totally different.. continental cuisine. great place to have long lazy lunches.

Visited August 2012
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thanks! Please come back any time for a 'long, lazy lunch'...or dinner! We're delighted to welcome you.
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“The best restaurant in Karen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Marcus is a fabulous chef, and goes to great lengths to make sure that the quality of his dishes equal their spectacular presentation. From his Hot Wings, to Zanzibar Coconut Fish Soup, to Grilled Fresh Salmom, to a serving of Talisman Gold with either a virgin or spiked Hibiscus lemonade, the eating experience is by far the best in town! The staff is pretty good with the concept of customer service, and the bathrooms are clean ... neither a common phenomenon in Kenya, or most places these days.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
We really appreciate your endorsement and will pass your compliments on to Chef Marcus. He's a national treasure for sure! Come back any time.
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“Always a great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

One of the best places in Nairobi. Great food, great service and an awesome atmosphere. My wife (who is a vegetarian) and I really appreciate how well things are executed. The only complaints we have are 1) it's in Karen and 2) it's also fairly crowded so plan on making reservations - Two things management can't control.

Visited September 2012
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thanks very much for your hearty endorsement. We do love to cater to vegetarians with a variety of delicious offerings. And just think--when that bypass road is finally finished, Karen will be a quick hop from any part of town!
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“Vegetable Thai Green Curry... YUM”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

No.. I am not a vegan or vegetarian... but this is my favourite dish they serve! Always delicious, waiters are lovely... though it can get very busy sometimes and you are probably best to try and book before you show up!

Visited February 2013
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Thanks for that seal of approval. We're pretty proud of our excellent chef and his crew, and our Thai dishes seem to hit a home run each time. Glad you enjoyed Talisman!
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“Great spot for dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Our party of 5 ate dinner at Talisman during a recent stay in Karen, and enjoy it thoroughly. It has a very pleasant and vibrant ambiance, with interesting and warm decor, the service was excellent and helpful, and the food very tasty. We especially enjoyed the feta and coriander samosas. I ordered sautéed mushrooms, which were quite delicious. Although we ate inside, there was a nice outdoor area for warmer evenings.

  • 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, June 26, 2013
Thanks for the kind words. We'd love to have you back again to try us in warm season when you can really enjoy the patio. Karibu!
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