While in Nairobi last week, some friends joined me from South Africa and were looking for a good place to grab some dinner, drinks, and live music. Another local transplant friend had suggested Brew Bistro for their micro-brew, so we grabbed a taxi at the Panafric Hotel and decided to try it out.
I learned later that the menu on the bar side, while limited, is still quite good. We chose, however, to start on the restaurant side. Looking at the menu and the decor, I expected the portions to be small and overpriced... the modern decor reminded me of places in the US where you pay a lot and get a little.
We started with two meters of beer so that we could try out the locally-brewed beers. They were all fine, nothing too spectacular, but my preference is for ambers and sure enough, the amber was my favorite. Should have just ordered one of those, in retrospect.
The menu is extensive and impressive, featuring many exotic options. I narrowed it down to two steak choices (Tournedos a la Ronny, and Tournedos au Lissé Fermier) and asked the waiter for his suggestion. Without hesitation, he suggested the Ronny, so I ordered it medium rare. My dinner companions ordered the Chateaubriand and something chicken.
My meal was superb! The steak was melt-in-your-mouth scrumptious, hands down. I had a taste of the Chateaubriand, which is good, too. My mate thought it was great... until he tasted mine. We all agreed that the Tournedos a la Ronny was the best thing on the table. And the portions were just right, not at all as I skimpy as I'd expected.
We finished our meal and moved over to the bar side where a jazz band was playing that was absolutely phenomenal. I didn't catch their name, but it was a foursome joined by a lady singer with a satin voice. The bar side is very loud so not the best place for conversation, but two more friends joined us and we had a delightful time enjoying the music and shouting to be heard.
Next time I'm in Nairobi, I will definitely make another visit to Brew Bistro. One of the highlights of my trip.
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