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“Local flavours” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ranalo Foods

Ranalo Foods
Ranked #66 of 475 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: African
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Nairobi Central Business District
Stockholm, Sweden
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390 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Local flavours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

The place is very central and offers local food. It is possible to sit outside. There is music almost every day, not bad at all, but maybe a bit too loud. The interior is a combination od students canteen and betting house, not much of a decor, with simple tables and chairs and tv screens with football all around (I think it is even possible to place bets). As for the food, it is a buffet, combination of chicken, beef and fish, with local vegetables, ugali and rice. Tilapia was very good, the other meat dishes average, vegetables not really with any taste. The staff was very helpful since there were six of us, so they put the tables together. We did not notice any desert option. The place was too packed up and noisy. All in all, you come here to eat and not to chat with a friend. If you are visiting Nairobi or if you are having guests, and you are thinking where to have dinner, you can confidently try this place.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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milano
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“sincerely genuine in nairobi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

of course there is a wide range of choice in nairobi, and ranalo is possibly a sincerely genuine and original place. Not so easy down town. Local food in mid-buffet mode. You can assemble your dish and bring to your table. Music most of the days. Fish, meat and a good choice of vegetables, freshly cooked. A very nice option in central nairobi.
Go for Ranalo

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank malamerenda
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Tehran
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48 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A Genuine African Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This restaurant was recommended by local people as a good one to feel African atmosphere and food.
Beneficiaries: 1-Life music 2-Friendly African atmosphere 3-Suitable prices 4-Good quality of food 5-Located in city center 6-Polite stuff
Defects: 2-Somehow very crowded 2-Low quality of service 3-Low diversity of meals

Notes:
1- Wait until you can get a table in Balcony
2- Do not try Ugali

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Paris
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484 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We had read a very flattering review of this place in the Guide du Routard but it turned out to offer mediocre food, with very very limited choice, at fairly high prices. I would not recommend it.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Seasondtraveller
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Canberra, Australia
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“Cafeteria serving local dishes”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Almost all the dishes are simply stewed or fried meat, which were served with chapatis. I was disappointed that there weren't more non-meat Kenyan dishes available. The meat is very tough but tastes good. The chapatis were tasty. You can also get cokes, water etc. A very helpful employees showed us how it all worked.

Visited July 2013
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