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“Lovely place!”
Review of Tamambo Karen Blixen

Karen Road, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
0719346349
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Ranked #3 of 300 restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Quito, Ecuador
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Lovely place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

This place is very nice, full of trees, flowers and pure nature. Food is also good, however, the ambiance is the most remarkable part of the experience!

Visited June 2013
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Wellington, Florida
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent setting and great food....love this place...don't miss it!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Food and ambiance were excellent. Service was good and nice selection of items on menu with good wines. Beautiful property. Will be back next time for sure.

Visited June 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Tamambo Karen Blixen revisited by Superb Africa Safaris”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Housed on site of the original farmhouse, this cosy restaurant has been redecorated and extended with an outdoor terrace perfect for alfresco dining.
The menu offers fusion of Tamarind and Tamambo dishes with an array of choices available for lunch and dinner.

Specialty menus for functions and dedicated spaces such as the Grand Marquee Sutton style tent and Grogan House offer exclusivity and privacy for private dinners and functions.
Karen Blixen secures a peaceful location amidst the largest and oldest formal gardens in Kenya.

Visited September 2012
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Kenya
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9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Bar Great, Restaurant Okay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Love the Mini-Burgers... happy hour bitings are a bit sad.... but happy hour drink prices are very nice! Restaurant is okay...

Visited June 2013
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Cape Town
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“A bit underwhelming, despite the great location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This place has a LOT of charm. One feels so welcome, the staff are great and everyone has friendly smiles. The little gift shop is beautiful (of course much more expensive than other places, but this is at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden after all)...

The rolling lawns and great service is appreciated. We popped in for lunch (with no reservation) and were promptly seated under one of the trees. Great start. I ordered a juice, my wife ordered a water and a cold drink. The juice arrived... with the cold drink a few minutes later. The water seemed to have been forgotten. Whatever, it was fine, we were relaxed and in a good mood.

A bread basket arrived with more than enough little breads (at least six) - served with butter (olive oil and balsamic were on the table ... a plus!). Things are getting better!

We ordered mains (having politely declined the buffet offer). As we were not too hungry, we ordered a cob salad and a cheeseburger (which is served with chips), which we always share halfway through. Unfortunately, this is where it all fell completely flat. The cheeseburger was just a bun and a patty (which was quite peppery) and a slab of cheese on it... no other toppings on the burger? For Ksh850, I have had burgers that were ten times better in Nairobi (URBAN in Westgate - amazing!). The chips which were served with the burger were a bit cold and looked tired.

The salad, which came in at a cool Ksh1050 (approximately) was served in a deep-fried tortilla-like bowl. The salad itself was fine, but why oh why serve a salad (supposedly healthy option) in such an oil-drenched bowl?! (It was not crunchy at all, just oily, terrible.)

The cappuchino was fine.

Overall, a bit underwhelming. Such a pity, because it really is beautiful and the service is great (despite the water mishap). Perhaps it was just an off day, because the place is clearly popular.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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