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“Lovely grounds and outside seating, average food......could do much better” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dari Restaurant

Dari Restaurant
165, Ngong Road, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
+(254)724 400 849
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Ranked #105 of 320 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: African, Continental, Fusion
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
nairobi
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Lovely grounds and outside seating, average food......could do much better”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

Went to the restaurant for lunch during NRW2014. I was impressed by the way we were received at the entrance by the staff with lovely warm smiles.
We were seated quite quickly, we had had gone a bit early. Unfortunate their veggie option was not available so one of us had to order from the other menu.
Drinks order was taken immediately as we browsed the menu, 1st round went well however the waitress mixed up the drinks second time round.
Starters had pork belly, was a tad over crisp, the beetroot and wasabi raisins was okay.
For main we had Fried Tilapia served with Sukuma purée, kachumbari & crispy arrowroots, which I found a tad bland but I enjoyed the grilled chicken breast with aioli, humus and French fries.
The mango tart dessert was quite nice but the cucumber and mint sorbet left a lot to be desired, the vodka didn't make it any better.
We managed to take a walk around the property and the grounds are quite expansive and provide for alfresco dining with gazebo seating in the lawn. I'd definitely go back and also recommend the restaurant to anyone. Washrooms are very clean, the bar is well stocked.
Lovely place. Keep it up

Visited February 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Nairobi
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Worst restaurant ever!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Where to begin with this horrible experience. I was hoping to rate it at less than one. Apparently that is not possible. The food was beyond horrendous. They had a new year's lunch buffet that had the worst tomato soup we had ever tasted as it was made from canned tomatoes and had an acrid smell and taste to it. They did not have bread rolls for the soup but just plain, awful bread. The salad was basically salsa (kachumbari) and lettuce. With NO salad dressing. The main was roost potatoes (whatever those are), pilau, chapati and roast chicken/pork. No stew, no plain rice, no potatoes, no lamb, no stir fry station, no carving station, nothing vegetarian. The dessert was a fruit salad (whose watermelon was not fresh) and some cake that was so dry it had to have been made 3 days prior. Horrible. Did I say the food was disgusting. I hope I have said it enough times for you to remember. All this for Ksh. 3,000 per person. Total waste of money as the food was worth not more than Ksh. 200.
After we complained, they let half the table order a la carte. We had grilled chicken and the pan fried tilapia on a bed of pureed sukuma. Nothing to write home about. At that point we all just wanted to get out of there. Despite all this, they still charged the full amount for the buffet for the few of us who had suffered through it. They could clearly see the displeasure on all the people's faces but not an apology came from them. We quickly went to another restaurant to eat as we were starving.
The only good thing about this place is the ambiance and the grounds. So if you want to pay an arm and a leg for that, go right ahead. My point - do not bother.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Malmo, Sweden
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Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Average lunch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Had lunch at Dari, the restaurant is nice with a big garden and a patio. Really nice sitting outside. The menu offers quite a wide range of dishes. The food, had the sirloin stek, was ok, nothing special. The staff was fast and service minded.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Great family restaurant. Amazing ambience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

We had a great time and I highly recommend this place for serene family lunches. Amazing sunday brunch

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