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“Pampering meal” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tatu Restaurant

Tatu Restaurant
Harry Thuku Road | Harry Thuku Rd, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
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Ranked #8 of 368 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary, Steakhouse
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Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Tatu, the signature restaurant, has won several awards for its exquisite cuisine and personalized attentive service. Located on the ground floor of the hotel with access from main hotel entrance, Tatu restaurant is the new trendsetter for modern contemporary Americano-Kenyan cuisine in Nairobi. The restaurant defines the conceptualization of Fresh top quality food, warm prompt service and active lively ambience, bringing guest an elevated dining experience.
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“Pampering meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Having eaten big, buffet meals throughout our Kenyan safari tour, during our night on our own at the Norfolk, we decided to eat lighter, but we wanted to try some game meat. We saw ostrich on the Tatu menu, and made a reservation (not necessary on a Sunday night, as it turned out). We told the staff we would be splitting an appetizer and entrée, which no one had a problem with. First, we were brought an amuse bouche of sesame coated tuna, which my husband loved. We started with a bowl of tomato soup with toasted cheese sandwich. Our waiter brought out two bowls, adding the chef was being "generous" since we were the first customers of the day and save us a bit more than a half bowl each. Not only was this some of the best tomato soup we have had, but the two small wedges each of toasted cheese sandwich made each "half" bowl a meal in it self, especially with the Indian breads and assorted chutneys brought to the table. We shared the ostrich entrée and thought the chef was probably being generous with this serving, also. The traditional Ugali (like firm grits) were heavy on their own, but a nutty note when added to the ostrich, tree tomato sauce and kale to create the perfect bite. Complementary petit fours completed this meal. While expensive by most standards, it was a treat we savored in the sea of touristy buffets.

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

It might have been just us but the place was just soulless. the nibbles were very good and the drinks (cocktails) were very well made. but it because of the lack of atmosphere this place loses out.
I would say it was not helped by a load of Americans trying to sell something to the dean of the university. All very odd. The grounds also seem to have nothing of the old charm

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Lost some of its character”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

Whilst still being a lovely hotel the re fit and modernisation has taken away some of the character of the original hotel. We stayed in the old hotel years ago where you got a much greater feel of the history of the place whilst still enjoying modern facilities. It's all a bit too swish and business orientated now. Building work noise by the pool was bad. Good hotel but not special enough to pay the extra and return.

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Dakar, Senegal
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“Doesn't deliver at this price range”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

This is a fine hotel, though not worth the prices they charge. And they charge for everything. Service is uneven. Some staff go the extra distance while others seem bored. Service by the pool is particularly easy going. The breakfast buffet - again not cheap - is served until 1000 though it seems staff stop replenishing things about 0900. We had to ask three times for a glass. Overall, for a hotel charging $300+ a night, it falls short of the mark. There is nothing wrong here, but I didn't get the impression that they were trying all that hard.

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“Service was not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Frankly for this grand Dame the service was poor and it was not crowded that day...food was OK but over priced..one always thinks back to when it was a must to eat there not anymore

Visited January 2013
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