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“Best european standards? Really...?” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Pango Brasserie at the Fairview

Pango Brasserie at the Fairview
Bishops Road, Upperhill | PO 40842, Nairobi 00 100, Kenya
(254-20) 2881419
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Ranked #32 of 360 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Nairobi
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best european standards? Really...?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Unfortunately Pango seems to be wallowing in some halcyon age of 1950s paternalism. The management and waiters are apparently oblivious of the idea that my wife could earn more than me and present us with a menu with prices (for him) and a menu without prices (for her), on the understanding that money is too rough a subject for the delicate sensibilities of the gentler sex. On the other hand, it would have been more useful if my wife had been aware of the kind of money we would be paying for the flavourless rubbish we were served over the next 2hrs.

How can a restaurant be taken seriously if they have only one 'option' for wine by the glass? Are we expected as a couple with my wife breastfeeding and me driving to polish off a bottle of wine? The 'open' wine was sour and almost undrinkable and served in a soup bowl sized glass, which can accommodate half a litre... Is this to drown my sorrows as I chew through three utterly tasteless steroid-enhanced king prawns? Or were they emperor prawns, perhaps? What's bigger than emperor? Pope prawns? Big in the prawn world does not mean tasty. Far from it.... And why does every dish come with the same side plate of insipid over-cooked vegetables?

As we tasted some of the chocolate candies at the end of the meal (which are not so bad...), it was 09:30 and we were the last people in the restaurant! Maybe people here really have been transported from the 1950s, heading off to bed at 9pm. When the bill arrived (presented to the man obviously) I realised I could have eaten two far better, tastier, more inventive meals elsewhere in Nairobi without sharing the vapid conversations emanating from heaving tables of khaki-clad tourists. One to avoid.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Nairobi
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Exceptional and classy restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

I've been to Pangos a few times and it has always impressed. The food is delicious, prepared in a french style and the service is excellent. I recommend ordering tea at the end of the meal and enjoying the complimentary desert treats!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Geldrop, The Netherlands
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very good service and high quality”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This restaurant which is also open to other visitors as hotel guest is one of the best restaurants which I experienced in Africa. This restaurant is at a higher price level but the quality meets the best european standards and for the service it even exceeds this standard. Highly trained and friendly employees in the restaurants. We already visited this restaurant the third stay in Nairobi and are planning to go back with a group of businessmen next year. Thanks again!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi, Kenya
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Classy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

A classy restaurant with good class service. Makes you feel like you deserve what you pay for. Here he customer is KING. kudos to the team. Going on will be diluting the good standards here

Visited September 2012
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Avignon, France
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“good but overdone”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

we had dinner 2x in this gastronomic restaurant
the whole service and as we say tralala is good but the actual food is medium, the flavors are weak and the meat is floating in sauces... it is still far from a modern gastronomic experience
maybe due to the fact that the availability in nairobi from high quality ingredients is still limited...
i would go back occasionally to find improvements...

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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