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“Deserved reputation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Talisman

The Talisman
320 Ngong Road | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 705 999997
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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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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, 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.
Nairobi
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Deserved reputation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Far and away the best dining experience in Nairobi; if not Kenya. Frequented by a mix of resident KCs, tourists and UN types Talisman exceeds in style and content. Extremely helpful staff led by an inventive and immensely capable head chef. Recommended to anyone visiting Nairobi!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank JnDNairobi
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Thanks for the great review. We're very proud of our "inventive and immensely capable" Chef Marcus and our service team. Hope to see you back soon!
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Macclesfield
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Perfect evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We have been resident in Karen Nairobi for two months and just came back from our first evening out with our seven year old son - the food was outstanding, the service outstanding - the waiter gave us the specials and left us to persuse for the right amouont of time - good amount of time betweene each course......we told them we wanted a non smoikking table and we had a 7 year old with us and they had already reserved a cost table by the fire for us to keep our little boy warm........not too much waiter intrusion - perfect - what more can I say - will be going again as soon as we can.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Angelamcintyre
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Welcome to Karen! We're so glad to have you in the community and welcome you back any time. So glad you enjoyed both our menu and our service. Come again soon!
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Nairobi
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“Perfect Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We loved our experience at the Talisman Restaurant. The food, atmosphere, decor, ambiance..everything was perfect!! Meals were very well portioned and very fairly priced!! Christine was most gracious and a true professional!! A must have experience when you come to Kenya.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Mahmood R
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
It was a joy to have you here, Mahmood! So glad you enjoyed your meal with us, and I'll be sure to pass along your compliments to Christine. She's a gem!
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Nairobi, Kenya
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great food and great environment.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

There is art for sale - sometimes excellent - a bar which is comfortable and cosy - lots of outside for sunny lunches and cosy evenings with a fire and lots of places to hide a party. They also make the best cheeze samoozas and the best crunchy sushi. And you are likely to bump into friends there.

Visited December 2012
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Thank LynnSpouse
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Thanks a lot for the recommendation! We're proud of our ambiance and are always happy to see friends bumping into each other and enjoying what Talisman has to offer. Come back again soon!
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NL
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Worth a detour !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Last week we visited the Talisman Restaurant twice whilst staying in the Karen district in Nairobi. What to say, excellent food in a nice atmosphere. Absolutely worth a detour. We are looking forward visiting again.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank ArtbyJos
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Thanks so much for the kind words. We're delighted you recommend a detour to get to Talisman, and we hope you'll be back again soon!
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