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“A Bit Disappointing!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Tamarind Restaurant

Tamarind Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 479 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $100
Cuisines: European, African
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Nairobi's iconic seafood restaurant which originally opened in August 1977, has recently moved from the Central Business District to the leafy suburbs of Karen at the Karen Blixen coffee Garden. The menu is a blend of the best of French, Asian and African cuisines with specialties such as the famous Prawns Piri Piri, and Chilli Crab which have earned the Tamarind worldwide fame.
Ballarat, Australia
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383 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
“A Bit Disappointing!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

I'd heard great things about this seafood restaurant, so went with high expectations.
I started with a wonderful Masai Martini, followed by lovely appetisers of oysters and prawns done in various exciting ways.
My biggest gripe, is that my mixed seafood platter was overcooked. The lobster was sad and stringy, oily and frankly tastless. Sacrillege!
The fish and prawns suffered the same fate, but the calamari was exquisite. Maybe it was their chef's night off.
Desserts were novel, but a bit bland.
Wines were good.
For such a fine restaurant, with an enviable reputation for fine fare, our group had it pretty much to ourselves. Not a good sign. Or did they open especially for us? It was a Sunday night, after all.
Wines were good, the range excellent and the stained glass windows were worth a visit in their own right.
I wouldn't say don't go there. Others in our group made different choices and were delighted with their meal. However, a number that had the mixed seafood platter were of the same opinion as I was and very disappionted our precious seafood was overcooked!

Visited September 2013
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
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English first
Los Angeles
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Quite a surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

First time at this restaurant and it sure as hell will not be my last.. Loved the ambiance, service, serenity and how exclusive the place is in the middle of such a busy area. The food was just amazing; no cell phone use is allowed and "if you must smoke, don't exhale"... Worth every penny spent.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Lagos, Nigeria
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A MUST IN NAIROBI!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Great food. Indulge yourself and do the seafood platter. Service was just as good. Not sure about the location but hey, welcome to Africa.

Visited September 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Didn't meet expectation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

I had heard this restaurant was the best in Nairobi. There is no doubt the service and quality is exceptional, I didnt think it lived up to the reviews. I would go back however, it was a lovely experience, and one of the nicer places we ate at while in Nairobi

Visited August 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Customer service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

This restaurant was another surprise in Kenya. It was the start of our trip, so we were cautious about food, but didn't have to worry here. The staff were some of the best I have come across, with not only great service, but a great personal touch. They asked us all our names, and when we got deserts, they were written on the plate, with a saying in chocolate. All the food and drinks were fantastic, and we would highly recommend , but expect to pay for it. The restaurant specialises in seafood.

  • Visited September 2013
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