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“Wonderful secret in Karen!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Talisman

The Talisman
Ranked #2 of 474 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British, Gluten Free Options
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, 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, Validated Parking, 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.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews
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“Wonderful secret in Karen!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

A lovely little restaurant with amazing food and service and for those of you that know what it is, they do EPC discount too. Well worth the visit.

Visited May 2013
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Thanks for coming in and helping share the 'secret'! We're very proud of our chef and his team and will look forward to welcoming you back any time.
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Woodinville, Washington
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116 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“A nice surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We were on a guided tour of Nairobi and this spot was chosen for us and we were glad it was. It's a large place with mostly open air seating much of which is covered. We had a table reserved for us by the fire which was nice. They seem to use a lot of local ingredients but the food is eclectic. We started with the pork belly and samosas which they are apparently known for and both were very good. I had a mexican dish with ostrich meat which was quite spicy and a pleasant surprise. My wife had Mt. Kenya trout and it was prepared very well and my daughter had chicken that was moist and well seasoned. The staff was friendly and quick (with the exception of trying to pay our bill which I find a lot outside the US). For the price this was one of the best meals we had on our trip to Africa.

  • Visited July 2013
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
We're delighted you enjoyed your visit with us and hope you'll stop in again if you visit Nairobi in the future! Karibu!
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Kent, UK
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Yummy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great food, great atmosphere. Love that they use the glass from Kintengela, all looks great.

The food is amazing, and one of the boys eating with me said it was the best steak he'd ever had (and he's had a lot of steak!)

Visited June 2013
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Thank Mary_1982Kent_UK
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Thanks so much, Mary! We're glad you took the time to stop by. We're very proud of Chef Marcus's famous fillet steak and delighted your friend gave it a ringing endorsement. Asante sana!
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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103 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Laid back spot favored by ex-pats”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Nice selection of well-prepared dishes. When I was there, options included kedgeree and chili. They make their own ice creams, but there were chunks of ice in mine (they need a better ice cream maker!).

Visited July 2013
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
Thanks for the review, Ellen, and we're delighted you enjoyed your visit. I'll be sure to alert the chef to the ice in the ice cream. He has a fabulous ice cream machine, and it shouldn't be dishing out plain ice. He'll be sure to check it -- the machine is his special baby. Thanks again, and do come back!
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Ottawa, Canada
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67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Great restaurant! The atmosphere is more of an outdoor restaurant, the food was great, the service was good (not exceptional). Not really a tourist destination. The presentation and quality was very good. It was a bit noisy as Wimbledon was on the TV and people were excited.

  • Visited July 2013
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J C, Public Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Thanks very much for coming, and we're delighted you enjoyed the experience. We look forward to welcoming you back again!
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