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“African jungle” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Talisman

The Talisman
Ranked #2 of 464 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Central European, Gluten Free
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Featuring carved wooden pillars from Pakistan, elegant Afghan rugs, charming fireplaces, sprawling terraces and idyllic gardens, The Talisman blends fine dining with unbridled eclecticism. We have made every effort to create the ideal ambience for those seeking a candle-lit romantic dinner, a casual evening drink with friends, an outdoor lunch with family and everything in between ~ And all this is complemented by distinguished service from our cordial staff.
2 reviews
“African jungle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

I sat outside with a couple of friends and we had lunch. The waiter, I think his name was Stephen, did a great job and was very attentive as he made sure we were comfortable. I had the Poached Norwegian Salmon, which was really nice and the Passion Mojitos there are divine! Please try one and see for yourself. The setting in Karen's green leafy suburbs makes the outdoor dining experience worthwhile. Overall I loved the place and food. Thanks guys, will definitely be visiting again since I live 15min away :)

    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
Thank SofieKenya
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Thanks so much for the lovely review. We're delighted that you enjoyed the garden and the food and look forward to seeing you back again soon!
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
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English first
Los Angeles, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Children not welcome”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Parents take note - children ARE NOT WELCOME at this establishment.

Front desk will not tell you this of course and will be happy to sell you a full priced (overpriced) meal. But the owner/chef will make your children feel very unwelcome in HIS restaurant.

Stay well clear - there are many other nice places to eat with kids in Karen these days.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
2 Thank Karen287
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Talisman has always welcomed families and is an ideal setting for children during daytime meals. However, it is important to note that it is illegal in Kenya for children to be in our bar area. When our staff find children running around, they do have to politely request that parents take their children out to the main dining area. When a polite request isn't heeded, sometimes a firmer nudge is required. We are more than happy to have well-behaved, well-supervised children enjoy our restaurant, but we simply have to be firm when it comes to children in the bar area. We apologize if you were offended by the request to remove your children, but it's the law. You'll be more than welcome to come back during kid-friendly hours and enjoy all that Talisman has to offer little ones (like a great playground and patio).
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Talisman”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

I always love to eat here, the food is outstanding and always something new and different. A great place to enjoy going with special people. A wonderful place to be

Visited December 2012
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Thank Iris M
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Thanks, Iris! We're glad to know Talisman is tops on your list, and we hope to see you again soon when you're in Nairobi!
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Excellent eating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

If you go to Nairobi, you must visit Talisman. The plates are of high quality and strike a tasty balance between classical and innovative. The lush vegetation in the courtyard provide shade and along with the meal most of your senses should be tingled. Lastly, do not miss their puddings which by full live up to their starters and mains. Even something as simple as a 'Sunday' is made an extraordinary experience.

Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Ida N
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Thank you so much, Ida, for taking the time to tell us what made your Talisman experience such a special one! We're delighted you enjoyed the garden ambiance and especially our menu. Come back soon!
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Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great food and ambience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

It is a cozy restaurant in Karen. Food is great and service is fast and efficient. Sat outside under the trees and the ambience was good

Visited November 2012
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Thank Christine M
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, December 11, 2012
Thanks so much, Christine! We're so glad you enjoyed our beautiful garden and the service. Come back any time!
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