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“The best restaurant in Karen”
Review of The Talisman

The Talisman
Ranked #2 of 628 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Marcus is a fabulous chef, and goes to great lengths to make sure that the quality of his dishes equal their spectacular presentation. From his Hot Wings, to Zanzibar Coconut Fish Soup, to Grilled Fresh Salmom, to a serving of Talisman Gold with either a virgin or spiked Hibiscus lemonade, the eating experience is by far the best in town! The staff is pretty good with the concept of customer service, and the bathrooms are clean ... neither a common phenomenon in Kenya, or most places these days.

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Thank Oddny B
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2013

We really appreciate your endorsement and will pass your compliments on to Chef Marcus. He's a national treasure for sure! Come back any time.

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

One of the best places in Nairobi. Great food, great service and an awesome atmosphere. My wife (who is a vegetarian) and I really appreciate how well things are executed. The only complaints we have are 1) it's in Karen and 2) it's also fairly crowded so plan on making reservations - Two things management can't control.

Thank rsidhpura
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2013

Thanks very much for your hearty endorsement. We do love to cater to vegetarians with a variety of delicious offerings. And just think--when that bypass road is finally finished, Karen will be a quick hop from any part of town!

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

No.. I am not a vegan or vegetarian... but this is my favourite dish they serve! Always delicious, waiters are lovely... though it can get very busy sometimes and you are probably best to try and book before you show up!

Thank MVaughters
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2013

Thanks for that seal of approval. We're pretty proud of our excellent chef and his crew, and our Thai dishes seem to hit a home run each time. Glad you enjoyed Talisman!

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Our party of 5 ate dinner at Talisman during a recent stay in Karen, and enjoy it thoroughly. It has a very pleasant and vibrant ambiance, with interesting and warm decor, the service was excellent and helpful, and the food very tasty. We especially enjoyed the feta and coriander samosas. I ordered sautéed mushrooms, which were quite delicious. Although we ate inside, there was a nice outdoor area for warmer evenings.

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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2013

Thanks for the kind words. We'd love to have you back again to try us in warm season when you can really enjoy the patio. Karibu!

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Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

Talisman was recommended to us by Chris at Jungle Junction, as a good upmarket "colonial style" place to have a meal. It's exactly that. It's tastefully done; the vibe and atmosphere was good, it was peaceful but not dead; the food was good and the service was great. Free wifi was good. Their cocktails were particularly excellent - we really enjoyed their chilli passion martini!

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Thank bazyr
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2013

Thanks for the great review (and thanks to Chris for recommending us!). We're delighted you enjoyed your meal and would love to welcome you back any time.

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