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“Great restaurant” 4 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 331 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.
New York, NY
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22 restaurant reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Great restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

While on safari, a nice lady told us about this place, so we hit it up on our last night in Kenya. It was relatively easy to find and it was a very nice restaurant. We sat by the fire, and had a good meal. The samosas were good (feta cheese in them I think) and the fried shrimp appetizer was good too. I had a whiskey sour, which was well made. We had the pork and the flounder, both great.

Visited July 2013
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to find us before you flew home. We're glad you enjoyed your meal and would be delighted to welcome you again any time. Karibu!
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Totally Unexpected!!!!!!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Booked at Talisman after breezing tripadvisor and was pleasantly surprised. The setting is good the food awesome and the service 1st class. Having travelled and eaten from street cars to 5* restaurants, this was a world class experience. The double cooked pork belly and the fillet steak is to die for. Will sleep over again in Nairobi just to have dinner here. Enjoy and go BIG!!! Also very well priced.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 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, July 16, 2013
Thanks very much for the ringing endorsement! We're delighted you enjoyed your meal and hope to host you again. We're proud of Chef Marcus and his kitchen team and are glad they exceeded your expectations.
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Nairobi
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Underwhelming”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

I have resolved that there are few good restaurants in Nairobi. For that reason, mediocre restaurants thrive.

Talisman is a gorgeous restaurant in my mind. I love the look and feel, the furniture, artwork, children's play area and more.

The food quality is inconsistent. I did not enjoy my very dry steak during my last visit. My girlfriend's hamburger was outstanding.

The service was no surprise - poor. For example, our first round of drinks arrived at our table 25 minutes after we had placed our drinks order. I went to the bar to follow up our drinks order. I found the staff members involved in a heated conversation. They had not yet started on the drinks order.

The food service was not much better. The waiter would only bus the table with prompting. We'd ordered several rounds of drinks, starters and entrees. He kept bringing out food and drink but did not want to clear anything away.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Lisa, we would really appreciate knowing what date you visited and where you sat. We work to resolve all service issues immediately, and what you experienced definitely must be corrected. If you wouldn't mind giving us a call or dropping a line, we'd like to take down the details of your visit so we can straighten this out. Any time service is not up to par, please feel free to call for Steve or Christine, who are there to ensure every guest has a wonderful dining experience. Thanks, and we hope to see you back again so we can show you what makes Talisman exceptional.
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“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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