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“A favourite spot” 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 314 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.
Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A favourite spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We have been to Talisman many times since we have moved back to Nairobi and never been disappointed. Whether it's a special, or the to-die-for feta & coriander samosas and chilli sauce, the food is excellent. Also, in terms of comparing to other Nairobi eateries -Talisman's quality and service are consistently good -not always a guarantee here. The garden is a lovely spot -kid friendly- and the restaurant is stylish and comfortable. Also a bonus-they often have different local artist's art work on exhibit. It's a bit pricey than other places -but worth it for what you are guaranteed. The only downside is that to get there (from town) you have to travel ngong road with horrible traffic often -so plan accordingly! I definitely recommend it as a lunch or dinner spot.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, December 30, 2013
Hi, Karis! We're always glad to hear such glowing reviews from regulars who see us through all seasons. Thanks for taking the time to post. A quick tip for reaching us without all the nasty traffic: Use the Kikuyu road "bypass" through Dagoretti to get here from the other side of town (Westlands, Parklands, Gigiri, etc.), as there's never much traffic, and you can fly on over here in no time. We've even got a Note on our Facebook page with a map to show the shortcut. Karibu!
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Good food and nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Ate here for dinner after flying into Wilson, before leaving for a midnight flight to Brussels. We had a good 3 hours to pass before having to arrive at JKO and this was a great place to relax and enjoy dinner.

There are both smoking and non-smoking sections...let them know if you have a preference. It was a little chilly inside because it's an open air restaurant. Lots of outdoor seating which would have been nice if if weren't raining. Sit by the nice fireplaces if you can. The host brought me a thick blanket which was very nice.

The food was very good...the ostrich filet was tasty and prepared well. Service was good too...no complaints.

They also have free wifi near the bar.

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Thanks much for the kind comments, and we're glad you made the time to stop and eat with us on your way through Nairobi. Come again any time!
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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“perfect food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

I was delighted by the delicious food so fresh and so lovely, Although it was a cold night as it gets in Karen the place was so full of people. The flavours were so fresh even the dish i thought i knew would leave me with a distinct new sensation in my palette i loved every single bit of the food although I was somewhat cold because we were seated outside. I will be back

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, December 9, 2013
Thanks for the lovely comments, Lili! We are delighted you enjoyed the food; I'll be sure to pass along your kind words to the kitchen crew. Do note that any time it is chilly, we do have blankets available to wrap up warm -- and we are always happy to bring you an extra jiko. Karibu!
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Always comes tops!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

I always bring clients and guests to this restaurant on their last night in Nairobi, which works out as going there once a month.

Talisman never fails to deliver with each item on the food being absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection.

Set in lovely grounds with experienced staff.

Try their signature feta cheese and coriander samosas as a starter.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
Thank you, Irene! It is always a joy to see our regulars, and thanks for bringing your guests to experience what Talisman has to offer. Hope to see you again soon!
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great food, bad service ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Pro: The food is amazing at talisman, very unique cuisine for Kenya. Definitely Order the samosas and this cheese mushroom cup. Their website was too slow for me to look up the name, but it was delicious


Con: However the service is slow and we had to flag down waiters several times to get drinks and check. Our drinks came after out meal was almost over!

They should also have a smoking and nonsmoking section. The smell of the smoke can really kill my appetite.


Make reservations, it can be crowded during the weekends

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J C, Public Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
Thanks for the comments, Janyl. We've been working hard to speed up service times, but on our really busy days, it can be a challenge to fill dozens of orders in a short time. Weekends are definitely busy when the restaurant is full. We do have both smoking and non-smoking sections -- just make the request when you book, and we'll be happy to seat you where you prefer.
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