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“Home away from home” 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 327 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 Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Home away from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Chef Marcus and team have transformed this sleepy, delicious place over the last 18 months into a must go place in Nairobi. Whether it is a steak, tuna, trout or chicken limone you ate guaranteed a good meal in an idyllic setting. Feta samosas or nyati chicken wings are a great way to start!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thanks so much for the glowing review. We're proud of chef Marcus,kitchen crew and the service team and are always glad to hear which dishes made a hit. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Nairobi, Kenya
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful food in a relaxing setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I recently had lunch with my girlfriend at this restaurant. The restaurant is located in the Karen area of Nairobi; not the most convenient place to visit given the traffic but once you arrive, its totally worth it. The ambiance at Talisman is excellent with an option of rustic and cosy interior and scenic outdoor seating. We opted for outdoor.

Service at Talisman is fast, the waiters are efficient if a little cold. The food arrived within the indicated time and was fresh and very delicious. A word of caution, the place can get pretty packed and a reservation or early arrival will stand one in good stead.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thanks very much for the kind comments about our atmosphere, service and food. We're glad you found us worth the drive. And just think....when the bypass road is finally finished, Karen will be a quick hop from any part of town. Come back any time. Karibu!
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great restaurant in lovely setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The Talisman is definitely one of my favourite restaurants in Nairobi but I find it better for lunch than dinner because on several occassions some of the menu options have run out at dinner, even on an earlish sitting. The outdoor seating is just as good as inside and the large tables are fantastic for dining with a group of friends. My personal favourites are the feta and coriander samosas and the seared tuna.

Visited January 2014
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thank very much Tiffany for taking the time to post your review. We're delighted you enjoyed the feta samosas and seared tuna. Come back and enjoy the patio and our menu any time. Karibu.
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Talisman is my talisman”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I think I have developed a semi-addiction to Talisman at this point....delicious samosas, inspired specials, such as the soft shell crab sandwich -- I only wish I could have eaten more! and, of course, excellent service. Looking forward to my next meal!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thanks so much for the endorsement. It is always great to receive comments from our repeat customers. We look forward to welcome you again.
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Nairobi
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Great service and ambiance. The steak and the wine was splendid. It was pricey but it was worth it. Will be back soon.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thanks for posting this review. We're glad you enjoyed your steak and our extensive wine list. Come back any time as we often have new specials. Next time, why not try one of our "flights of wine" which allows you to sample three different vintages? Cheers!
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