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“Mixed feelings” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ambiance

Ambiance
101 East Manyani Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
733732868
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Ranked #222 of 419 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
United Kingdom
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“Mixed feelings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Good food, polished professional service, lovely table setting- yet somehow the ambiance was missing on a chilly Monday evening. The decor is very pleasant but probably more suitable for lunch, the terrace is nice but it was too cold to eat outside,although we were also cold inside- even the tasteful lighting and candle couldn't create any warmth. It was also not busy- only one other table inside and one outside. Had 2 good soups (onion and pumpkin) to start with, although unfortunately they didn't have the fish soup, delicious but very rich pork dish and confit duck leg to follow, both well executed and nicely presented. The tableware, glasses and china are all very elegant and are crying out for a more 'chaleureuse' atmosphere. Excellent creme brulee and peach & frangipani tart to follow and a decent bottle of Cote du Rhone. Well trained professional service which would almost be more at home in a more upmarket establishment.The old fashioned French music was definitely out of place and just made us laugh (and occasionally cringe). So all in all, we ate well but have mixed feelings about this place- it's location within a spa/hairdresser somehow make it a better lunch destination, although the terrace could be nice for dinner in warmer weather. Will we be back? Not sure, maybe I'll go for lunch if I treat myself to the spa, otherwise no. Shame.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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“Quiet and serene. ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

Have had 3 business lunches here and it's pretty nice. Lovely decor, interesting menu, friendly staff. Basically takes you more time to leave as you enjoy the place. Menu is a bit pricey though.

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Thank 588denism
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Great service, Clean & fresh food, amazing Ambiance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Making a reservation was easy. I ordered completely on the waiter's recommendation and was more than satisfied. It was a lovely experience.

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  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank JerCocktails
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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“GREAT FOOD”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Great service, very good food. First place in Nairobi where I had foie gras & truffle. However very empty which is surprising.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Wangari M
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Ambiance - Yes, Good Food - No...!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Went for dinner for a family member's birthday and ......

Yes the ambiance is impressive - especially indoors and if you can ignore the tin roof

Service is also good and the waiters are well trained on the menu but then again ..... we were the only ones dining in the restaurant..........

But...... how can a restaurant have a menu where 5 starters and two main courses require a certain essential ingredient namely famous foie gras and........ they don't have it.......! Huh? So you are told that you can't have any of those dishes........and also no escargots available either........ shocker and v. disappointing.

The food we ordered was all elegantly presented but lacked ooomph taste wise. The meats were all prepared well and as requested but the sauces and gravies were all pretty dull and flavourless. There was no sign of the Michelin French chef on this night.

The only veggies offerred as sides were red and yellow pimentos or green marrow..... Huh?...?

The wine selection was good and the B & G French red merlot was ok but not great

All in all a disappointing meal but we still enjoyed the evening and decor but not worth the money on this night.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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