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“Overall pleasant, but better Thai elsewhere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Emerald Garden

Emerald Garden
United Nations Avenue | Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya
254 711 222 222
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Ranked #95 of 315 restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Cape Town
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“Overall pleasant, but better Thai elsewhere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Visited Emerald Garden for the first time last week.

The restaurant setting is beautiful and has a special atmosphere at night. The service is attentive and personal, without being overbearing. We were a big group of people with a set menu and the food was more than enough (the waiters were always ready to just dish more).

We had a good selection of various dishes. The food was fine, but I have had better Thai in Nairobi. Would recommend to visit at least once though.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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nairobi
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4 restaurant reviews
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“road kill”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

we just ate at Emerald Garden and are not sick - yet. Been passing that complex since it opened and decided today to take my family for lunch. deliciously flavoured tomyam soup, but the chicken was tough, grissly and the worst cuts... something like you'd get in a stew at a roadside duka, not the chicken i'd expect in a 400/- bowl of soup... and there was some sort of rancid taste in the soup, whi...See more

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Good food, strange atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

The food was pretty good, although pricey, as all Thai food is in Nairobi. The ambiance is very corporate however - lights a little too bright, and feels very formal. The cheesy saxophone music being piped in on repeat does not help. Could do with warmer lighting and better soundtrack.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent food in a nice atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Emerald Garden is a new Thai restaurant and is owned by the same owners of the Bangkok Chinese restaurant (the best Chinese in Nairobi in my opinion) and they have two Thai chefs in the kitchen. From the outside this old Chinese building does not look very appealing but from the inside the setting and décor are both relaxing and elegant. We began with vegetable spring rolls, crispy prawn rolls, prawn cakes and beef satay, they were all delicious. For the main event we had barbecued duck red curry, prawn red curry, chicken massaman curry and beef green curry, the flavor and texture were excellent. We tried three of the desserts on the menu, the mango with sticky rice stood out as the winner. We found the forks to be somewhat uncomfortable to use, that was our only complaint. We enjoyed that you can have before or after dinner drinks in the bar area with comfy seating. Philip is an excellent host and we will certainly be back.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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