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“Food, history and atmosphere” 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 #40 of 380 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Diner
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Food, history and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

quite simply, a great place to stay if you get into Nairobi late or you are leaving early the next day. The staff are helpful, the food is great and the bar is a great place to spend a few hours listening to pilots talk about their day. Really worth a visit!

Visited June 2012
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Sofia Region, Bulgaria
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Was not really special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

As it was highly recommended on tripadvisor I thought I give it a chance. When going there my taxi was held up by the police at the entrance of the airport. As always in Kenya they demanded some bribe to let us go, hence I refuse to participate in such a trade it took us quite some time and a lot of discussion until they let us pass. On arrival at the Aero Club we were told that there will be no brunch - despite we phoned a few days earlier - but only a BBQ. Funny enough, I send an email to the restaurant inquiring about price, Brunch etc, but never received an answer (which is not a professional way to conduct business). The place per se is nice and spacious and I enjoyed it. The staff provided the service expected. The price was KES 1.200 (which I find ok) but the choice of food was rather limited (meat: grilled beef and sausages only, some stir-fry vegetables, potatoes and salads). The quality of the food was ok and if the choice would have been better, and if the person behind the BBQ would not have informed us that you can not go as many times as you wish to the buffet (one of us enjoys small portions but many but was denied after the fourth time) I would have given one point more.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
1 Thank kathyhan1
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Short stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Warm welcolme again. Arrived late but they were expecting and waiting for us. Fed us too. Rooms are what they are, basic but much cheaper than town. The taxi fare and ride to the Aero is much better than to the town centre. Ask for the new rooms if you remember as they are quieter.

Great breakfast and quick to process the payment as always!

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Tarquin H
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“Difficult to fault”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

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
1 Thank Africansailor
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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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