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“A must for Good time out” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Talisman

The Talisman
Ranked #2 of 513 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, 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.
Nairobi
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A must for Good time out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

Lovely place to have a day out, great food and amazing service. Away from the busy business center. I just love the place. With a little entertainment for the kids can be a place for family day out too.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PaySah
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thank you for the feedback. We're delighted you tried us and enjoyed what Talisman has to offer. Hope to see you again. Karibu.
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Nairobi, Kenya
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Home away from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

Chef Marcus and team have transformed this sleepy, delicious place over the last 18 months into a must go place in Nairobi. Whether it is a steak, tuna, trout or chicken limone you ate guaranteed a good meal in an idyllic setting. Feta samosas or nyati chicken wings are a great way to start!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Damon A
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thanks so much for the glowing review. We're proud of chef Marcus,kitchen crew and the service team and are always glad to hear which dishes made a hit. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Nairobi, Kenya
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful food in a relaxing setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

I recently had lunch with my girlfriend at this restaurant. The restaurant is located in the Karen area of Nairobi; not the most convenient place to visit given the traffic but once you arrive, its totally worth it. The ambiance at Talisman is excellent with an option of rustic and cosy interior and scenic outdoor seating. We opted for outdoor.

Service at Talisman is fast, the waiters are efficient if a little cold. The food arrived within the indicated time and was fresh and very delicious. A word of caution, the place can get pretty packed and a reservation or early arrival will stand one in good stead.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Kimani M
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thanks very much for the kind comments about our atmosphere, service and food. We're glad you found us worth the drive. And just think....when the bypass road is finally finished, Karen will be a quick hop from any part of town. Come back any time. Karibu!
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great restaurant in lovely setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

The Talisman is definitely one of my favourite restaurants in Nairobi but I find it better for lunch than dinner because on several occassions some of the menu options have run out at dinner, even on an earlish sitting. The outdoor seating is just as good as inside and the large tables are fantastic for dining with a group of friends. My personal favourites are the feta and coriander samosas and the seared tuna.

Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Tiffany F
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thank very much Tiffany for taking the time to post your review. We're delighted you enjoyed the feta samosas and seared tuna. Come back and enjoy the patio and our menu any time. Karibu.
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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Talisman is my talisman”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

I think I have developed a semi-addiction to Talisman at this point....delicious samosas, inspired specials, such as the soft shell crab sandwich -- I only wish I could have eaten more! and, of course, excellent service. Looking forward to my next meal!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CulinaryAnthro
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thanks so much for the endorsement. It is always great to receive comments from our repeat customers. We look forward to welcome you again.
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