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“My maid cooks better lasgna” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Osteria Gigiri

Osteria Gigiri
Limuru Road | Inside the Village Market, 1st Floor., Nairobi, Kenya
020 7122661
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Ranked #52 of 315 restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
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“My maid cooks better lasgna”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Eaten in kilimani and Gigiri. My advice is don't order something you know. As it will not be how you expect. I had lasgna without cheese on top just mince and the mince tasted like it was straight from the butchers with no bolognaise or italian spices. Or flavour. At kilimani I ordered spaghetti bolognaise and it was similar, tons of meat with minimal spaghetti. We once visited the one in karen and walked out without sitting down as none of the outside tables were prepared. They were covered in leaves and the grounds were in a state of disrepair. We went on and discovered Karwn coffe gardens (tamambo) and it was on the opposite end if the scale and have been customers there ever since.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“pricey but brilliant food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We had a great night out. The food was delicious, the service was great and the atmosphere just topped the evening off. The prices are on the steep side - but at least you get good quality and quantity.

Visited February 2013
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

The best thing I like about the place is the complimentary foccacia they offer - its nice n freshly out of the oven.

You dont require to reserve hence always good for last mimute plans.

Food is average. Pastas r good, perhaps avoid the soups

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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26 restaurant reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Lovely atmosphere, good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

If you are looking for a nice romantic evening in Nairobi then this nice Italian place in the Village Market is a good bet. My wife and I went on a Friday night and the candle-lit atmosphere was lovely. It also wasn't too crowded (most likely because it was raining heavily that night), but in any event it is good to make reservations, especially on the weekends. We ordered a prawn pasta and a red snapper with tomato, onion, and capers. Both were very good -- large portions and cooked just right. We were also given a delicious starter for free, basically a bruscetta type dish but on a pizza base instead of on bread. The owner stopped by to chat during the meal which made it feel more like a family restaurant than "eating out". All in all, highly recommended for a romantic night out.

Visited January 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Watch Out - Tax Not Included in the Menu”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Like most things in Europe or Africa, the tax or VAT is included in the price. Well, not at Osteria. They shock you with a much higher bill than what you see in the menu. Nasty trick. All other restaurants in Nairobi are not under-handed like this.

Visited September 2012
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