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“Difficult to fault” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Aero Club of East Africa Restaurant

Aero Club of East Africa Restaurant
Wilson Airport, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
254 20 2338030
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Ranked #20 of 320 Restaurants in Nairobi
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Diner, Hamburgers
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The Aero Club of East Africa was founded in 1927 by the aviation pioneers who opened up the frontiers of Africa. It still retains that 1930s romantic charm and historical ambience. The club is the only restaurant at Wilson Airport, four km from Nairobi’s central business district on the Langata Road. It is on the edge of the Athi Plains, with easy access to the Nairobi National Park and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The restaurant has inside dining, a large eating deck and tables in the garden and by the swimming pool. It overlooks Wilson’s 007 runway and is an ideal spot to spend the hours before you leave on safari or to unwind on your return and watch planes and helicopters land and take off while soaking up the atmosphere in this legendary piece of Kenya’s aviation history. Chef Neil McCarthy and the Creative Kitchen Co. team moved into the restaurant at the Aero Club of East Africa on 1st October 2011. Neil has cooked and consulted all over the world, from London’s Mayfair Hotel and the Moscow Metropole to California’s vineyards and top-range hotels across Africa, including the Mt. Kenya Safari Club and Nairobi’s Tribe hotel. He is famous for his tasty gourmet burgers and dry-rub spicy BBQ ribs. He creates tasty international buffets and a la carte specialties. Sinful puddings include his New York style, melt in your mouth, baked cheese cake and home baked apple pie. He serves mouthwatering and seriously satisfying food.
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“Difficult to fault”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

I have had the pleasure of eating here twice in a fortnight. I would wholeheartedly recommend this delightful spot to anybody visiting. The staff were friendly and were able to help with choices; an extra was asked for and delivered as requested.

The drinks were prompt and welcome as the club provides a welcome break to the bustle of Nairobi. The restaurant is clean and spacious and extra tables in the garden add to the fresh feel.

The meals are good value for money, if a little cheesy in the names but it is an aero club. All the menu's names are aviation related.

The food arrived well presented, hot and fresh. The taste was good and uncomplicated, allowing the quality of the ingredients to sing out.

I had the lamb burger which was tender, pink on the inside and just lovely. The chips were potato not french fries and tasted all the better for it.

Thank you for a lovely meal.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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DUBAI
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31 restaurant reviews
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“Could be good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Nice venue exciting menu for lunch al fresco on the tech terrace and watch the planes. Friendly service, only bad point is the food you don 't get what is supposed to be served. I order two choices and it was not way was described in the menu and neither the staff more the cook seams to have a clue what they did wrong, putting powder parmesan instead of melted cheddar and telling you it cheddar, and mayonnaise instead of mustard in a hot dog and confusing english with american mustard. the head chef is too busy chatting up customer to look what is going out of his kitchen.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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ottawa
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Sunday Lunch-Brunch_ Perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Recommend the fish and chips the beer batter is second to none...try the dessert fruit filled turnovers with ice cream and cream and a sauce to die for
the new management has this historical meeting place back on track ...job well done..looking forward to next time

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Danville, California
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“Great History and Milk Shakes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

My family reluctantly went with me to the Aero Club after a shopping trip. I want to catch a piece of 20th century history. Everybody loved the food; including quite possibly, the best milkshakes in Africa.

We came back the next day for dinner and enjoyed the food and the unique environment. We had burgers, steak, pasta, salads and chicken. Everything was wonderful. We all had milkshakes again.

Eating while watching bush planes land was a lot of fun!

Visited January 2013
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Somerset West, South Africa
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“Convenience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

If you are working at Wilson you are just not going to beat the Aero Club. The new rooms are great and clean, would be almost perfect if they had fans (get rid of the useless TVs). The new restuarant manager has introduced a new menu which is great, food is good, beer is cold and the locals are sociable.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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