I've been at the Thai restaurant in the New Stanley Hotel on my last night of a 2 weeks holiday trip across Kenya and Tanzania. And it has been my biggest mistake of the whole trip......
When you pay over 140$ for a dinner for 2 people in Nairobi (where average cost of restaurant is 15$/person), drinking only water and no dessert, you leave extremely concerned. And the menu is not very transparent to let you realize how much you are spending as it is only in local currency and they add 28% service on top.
But let me start telling you from the beginning.
I've been previously host in the Stanley hotel for a business trip and I had a quick brunch at the Thai restaurant having good memory of it. On top I saw it well rated on Tripadvisor (4th restaurant in all Nairobi!!!!!). so I decided to go back.
The location is very well designed and stylish, However since the beginning we felt a bit unconformable as the place was empty and there were more waiters than customers and a bit pressing you with suggestions for ordering (and even feeling they watching at you while you eat ......).
We ordered 1 starter shared for 2, and the 2 main dishes. While we were ordering we discovered from the waiter that the main dish was coming with no side vegetables/bread/rice so we were suggested to order a rice and a noodle (which suddenly added 40$ to the bill).
Even more , we were suggested to take sparkling water and I didn't check the cost of it to finally discover in the bill that each bottle of 0.5 liter was costing over 15$....for a total of over 30$ for 1 L water.
Please note all the price in the menu are in local currency, and they add 28% service and tax on top at the end. This is clearly written on the menu and they even come to tell you there is extra service charge, still it is not easy to realize how much you are exactly spending.
Finally, food is good, but nothing special vs an average Thai or Chinese you can find in any big city. But over 30$ for 1L of water never happened to me in any expensive city in Europe or in the US. We did not want to argue with waiter on my last day of vacation so we paid and left the restaurant feeling we had lost or better gifted to the Stanley over 100$ overprice.