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“Almost perfect” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tamambo Karen Blixen

Tamambo Karen Blixen
Karen Road, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
0719346349
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Ranked #3 of 302 restaurants in Nairobi
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Almost perfect”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

One of my favourite and regular watering holes. We have Sunday lunch there. This week I had fish and asked for it 'soft cooked' and it was perfect, so was the rice, so was the service, and it was busy. The men had the Sunday roast buffet and curry which they rave about every week. The setting is idyllic and for those who love Karen Blixen's 'Out of Africa' (the book, not the film) it is full of folk lore, romance and history. We also often go with our IT consultants for a slide in the Sports Bar (six little hamburgers) and the calamari are good too and we watch some sport as they are addicted to screans. However, However, today I took an old lady friend from childhood who has had a stroke. We are well known and get the royal treatment. But the service was slow and I felt we were side lined after the initial welcome. I had the same meal but the fish, although perfectly edible was a little overcooked. It wasn't that busy and the waiters never waited and never scanned and spent a lot of time in huddles discussing tables! Odd but still highly to be recommended as it is usually great and a lovely environment (in or out) and some well behaved kids and a couple of house doggies - so a great sense of cosiness in style

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great food in a wonderful setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

This is a lovely place to stop and have some great food. The staff are there if you want them but not intrusive which adds to the relaxed atmosphere. We were with our 2 young children so having an open space to run around while our food was made was a big bonus. The food is fantastic I had the ribs to start, and got served 5 huge pork ribs in a spicy sauce. We went for the burgers and they were amazing, if not a bit big - not a complaint btw. Did not intend on having desert but we did anyway, the desert taster was very good.

Will be going back for sure.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Very good and staff excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

The food was very good but would like a different menu from lunch to dinner. Think the restaurant décor could do with a make over, very dark colours inside.

Visited January 2013
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“Good setting poor service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

The setting is very nice. Tranquil gardens in quiet and peaceful surroundings. Unfortunately the service is very poor! We were served cold soup and the food took ages to arrive. Good for a coffee excursion and not more.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Worth a visit for the garden”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

When the food is good it's very good, however has on occasion disappointed. The service from the floor teams is generally very good, although the duty managers often appear overwhelmed. The setting however is stunning

Visited December 2012
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