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“Great live music!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tamambo Bar and Grill

Tamambo Bar and Grill
Upper Level, Village Market | Gigiri, Nairobi 74493, Kenya
020 7124005
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Ranked #226 of 343 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Tamambo Bar and Grill, is located on the upper level of the Village Market, Gigiri. It has a casual trendy atmosphere and is open from 11.00am for coffees, lunch and dinner. With its varied and interesting menu it is perfect for discerning global tastes, offering a delicious selection of light salads, and snacks as well as appetizing gourmet dishes. The outdoor terrace has an alfresco ambience whereas the indoor cocktail lounge has a more intimate feel reminiscent of a cosy jazz bar Tamambo has become a popular meeting place with the background music setting the overall mood. Regular live bands perform every Friday and Saturdays from 9pm featuring a diverse group of talented musicians.
Quito, Ecuador
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17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great live music!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Even though the food and drinks were not great, the ambiance and live music on Friday truly make the difference with other places. A great option to hang out with frinds on the weekend.

Visited June 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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255 reviews 255 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
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234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
“Unimpressed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

As others have mentioned, the Tamarind group has a pretty good reputation, but I was unimpressed by this place. First up, its not cheap - but putting that aside, the food was just awful! We had Kachos to start with - which were OK (then again, how wrong can you go with chips and guacamole), but a little stingy on the cheese and as a result the dish was quite dry. The grilled beef salad was just, well, awful - could not finish it, it was drowned in a dressing which was way too sour, and as a result everything was swimming on my plate. My colleague's samosas were stodgy, not light on the tongue and crunchy, the spare ribs were basically OK but nothing spectacular ... all in all, its just not what it should be, and what the PR leads you to believe.

Visited June 2013
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Nairobi
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Unpleasant surprise”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

The usually excellent reputation of the Tamarind group was shattered in our minds by a surprisingly awful lunch. An earnest but inept waiter serviced us rubbery calamaris, reheated spareribs and a Swahili fish with a not-too-bad sauce over a chewy overcooked red snapper. Only the graciousness of the manager saved this review from being one star: after we explained our disappointment, he only charged for the (rather passable) house chenin blanc. Full marks to him for grace and aplomb. We just might try again.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels
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“Nice place and good finger food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

I brought here a group of 15 people for work. It was a very pleasant evening, the restaurant is very nice as well as the staff. We got a set menu for 2250 KSH/pax and there was just so much food that I felt guilty for the amount of left-overs. The variety and quality were above average (although not stellar). The food is better at the Tamambo restaurant in Westlands, but it is true that this Tamambo does not claim to be a restaurant but more of a tapas-finger food bar, so it's fine.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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“nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

nice place. coctails. ok food. and best sheesha!!!! realy good place to visit with a friends. sometimes live musik.

Visited April 2013
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labinaNairobi, Director of Sales at Tamambo Bar and Grill, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
We would like to thank you very much for taking the time to post a review about Tamambo Bar and Grill. We are happy you enjoy the atmosphere, sheesha and cocktails/

We have shared your review with our team, who are encouraged to improve every aspect.

Once again,many thanks for the feedback and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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