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“much improved menu”
Review of The Talisman

The Talisman
Ranked #2 of 553 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion, Gastropub, Italian, Japanese, African, Sushi, European, Asian, British
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
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, 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.
Kenya
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98 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“much improved menu”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

Haven't been for a long time, the food was always good but it's got even better so put it on your list!

Visited July 2014
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Thank Andy W
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, August 26, 2014
Thanks, welcome back! Really glad you enjoyed your visit. Come back soon.
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Nairobi, Kenya
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82 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great Ambience, great service”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

One of Nairobi's must visits. Tucked away in the lush green trees in Karen, I find the ambience relaxing and simple. Great service and smiles from the staff make you feel very welcome and anticipate for the food you're about to be served. If going for an evening meal, make sure you carry something warm as it can get chilly, but they also have 'jikos' and even a warm blanket just in case. The prices are reasonable and the food is ok, you can tell a lot of effort is put into everything to please the client.

Recommendation: if you can, make a reservation ahead of time, it tends to fill up pretty fast.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank smwelu
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, August 26, 2014
Dear Smwelu, thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. Glad that you stopped to eat with us and enjoyed your visit with regards to the food,ambiance and service. It is our pleasure to serve you,hope you'll come back soon.
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Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“One of the best meals you'll have in Nairobi.”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

Talisman is located on a beautiful property in Karen just outside of Nairobi. Take some time to walk around...and shop at Rift Valley Leather.

You'll have to go more than once in order to fully enjoy the menu as there are so many wonderful options. One of my favorites is the ahi and also the butternut squash soup.

Titus is a great server...as are all the others.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank CFrances_C
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, August 26, 2014
Dear C Frances_C, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit to our restaurant and look forward to having you back any time. Delighted that you enjoyed service from Titus, i'll be sure to pass along your compliments to him.
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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“One of my favourites”
Reviewed August 2, 2014

Love the decor. The waiters are the best in Nairobi. The food is consistently good. It's not cheap,but it is good value for money. Well worth a visit.....in fact....I am booking it again for my birthday (it's that good)

Visited May 2014
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, August 26, 2014
Thanks so much for the lovely review Boomjet! So glad you enjoyed your time here. Its a pleasure to see folks come in again. We look forward to hosting you again for your birthday. Karibu!
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Stavanger, Norway
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A really great lunch, apart from all the noisy American tourists”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

Me and my wife found this place on Tripadvisor and decided to drop by for lunch since we happened to be in the Karen district anyway.

The food was excellent and they actually grow all their own vegetables at the farm nextdoor. Very good service, and a great place. I just wish they could put all the loud American tourists in a separate room to avoid ruining the experience for us others. Both me and my wife found this very bothersome, but we don't blame Talisman, we blame the Americans

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank 2rstein
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Christine N, Guest Relations Manager at The Talisman, responded to this review, August 26, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write us a review. Thanks alot for stopping in. We look forward to hosting you again any time you are in Karen. Karibu.
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