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“Modernised, but still with a good traditional feel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Norfolk Hotel

Norfolk Hotel
Kijabi Street, Nairobi, Kenya (Nairobi Central Business District)
+254-(0)-20-2216940
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Ranked #22 of 314 restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Nairobi Central Business District
kew
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“Modernised, but still with a good traditional feel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is the grand old hotel of Nairobi, and it feels like it. The cottages have gone but the rooms have been sensibly modernised, and the restaurants are still welcoming and attractive. Right next to the university, which makes it an active location, but not at all threatening.

Visited December 2012
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English first
Ballarat, Australia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Exquisite Fare and Local Cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Too miss a meal at either the Lord Delamere Terrace, or the more upmarket Tatu, at the Norfolk whilst in Nairobi would be a huge mistake. If you can't afford to stay at this 5 star hotel, at least treat yourself to a meal there.
I had the best barbecued Lobster I'd eaten in years at the Tatu.
From the extensive Lord Delamere Terrace menu I chose to go local. The food was as good as at the Tatu, but way cheaper. I supp'd on fabulous Kenyan specialties such as the Boma Grill, a divine selection of succulent lamb, beef and chicken cooked to perfection, served with peasmash a combination of potato and peas and salad. I also had the local ugali, a cornmeal delicacy way nicer than polenta, served with fabulous grilled fish, from Lake Victoria.
Wine lists were excellent with a range of local and imported wines at reasonable prices.
I ate alone at the Lord Delamere Terrace, and the staff could not have been more welcoming, nor obliging, helping me with suggestions in relation to local dishes.
There were eight of us who celebrated a couple of birthdays at Tatu and the staff coped equally adeptly with handling a large, diverse, indecisive group.
Another joy of the Norfolk is that they source all their food locally, some even comes from their own kitchen garden, which you can visit within the grounds. They have policies and practices that support local, often organic and biodynamic producers and the food reflects quality ingredients and meticulous preparation.
Their coffee, sourced locally and roasted at the Norfolk is something so exquisite, I will remember it as the coffee of a lifetime. Arabica beans, prepared to showcase one of Kenya's most famous products, at its best.
The Norfolk is a gastronome's delight. To eat there is to be guaranteed an experience that will linger in your memory forever, savouring the tastes, culture and outstanding hospitality of Kenya. Just go there, eat, drink in its ambience and savour the best of Kenyan fare!

Visited September 2013
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“Doesn't live up to expectations ”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Have been twice in recent weeks, once for lunch once for drinks in the garden. I get the feeling it is trying to be something it isn't anymore and at this price range one just expects more. Certainly not to sit for over 20 minutes before being served or acknowledged and this wasn't for lack of staff walking around. They were just constantly 'looking the other way'. If you want to over pay for food and drink in Nairobi there are better places to go.

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Arlington, Texas
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“Masterfully Prepared”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The international cuisine at Tatu in The Norfolk is masterfully prepared. The atmosphere is modern and the service was well.... almost flawless. It is pricey but well worth it.

  • 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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Solon, Ohio
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“Good food, nice but limited selection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Nice atmosphere and food was prepared well. Nice selection of snacks/light meals and more substantial dinners. Also a great place to relax and have a beer on the patio or terrace.

Visited August 2013
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