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“Great Ethiopian/Eritrean with a Casual Atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Smart Village

The Smart Village
Elgeyo Marakwet Road | Kilimani, Nairobi, Kenya
254 020 386 2440
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Ranked #103 of 318 Restaurants in Nairobi
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great Ethiopian/Eritrean with a Casual Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

I've always been a fan of Smart Village since my first visit. This last visit was excellent--probably the best food I've had there yet. Of course the Shiro and the Veg Platter are excellent and the Barbecue Chicken (Kuku Choma) is really good.

I like that Smart Village is a bit more low key then other Ethiopian places in the area and I always feel comfortable lounging at an outside table for a few hours working or talking before or after my meal.

Visited February 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

This is my best Ethiopian Restaurant. I cannot even compare it to Habesha. This is a great place, that has great value for your money.

Visited January 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“An excellent addition to the Nairobi scene of Ethiopian food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Although the Smart Village passes for an Ethiopian restaurant, the food is really prepared and served in the Eritrean style by the family running the establishment.
I had dinner there with friends and the taste of the food, while indeed in the Ethiopian mainstream, was nevertheless slightly - and refreshingly - different. Especially the njera did not have the extremely sour taste that is typical of Ethiopian food at other restaurants around Nairobi.
Good quality matched by more than decent prices made the experience a very enjoyable one.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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