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“A bit underwhelming, despite the great location” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Tamambo Karen Blixen

Tamambo Karen Blixen
Ranked #3 of 463 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden Restaurant is located in a beautiful peaceful garden setting on Karen Road, on the site of the original Blixen farmhouse property. The Restaurant is open for breakfast from 06.00Am through to 10.00Pm. Diners have a fine choice of different areas for lunch or dinner. There is the indoor restaurant with adjacent outdoor terrace and garden, for a la carte dining. There are also a variety of functions areas such as the Grand Marquee Sultan style tent, available for 'royal style' wedding functions, dinners and conferences. The Grogan House is a lovely space for private dinners and exclusive functions For many Karen residents, the bar which opens out to a shisha lounge is a popular place to meet and mingle with delicious cocktails and bar snacks and satellite TV.
Cape Town
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A bit underwhelming, despite the great location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This place has a LOT of charm. One feels so welcome, the staff are great and everyone has friendly smiles. The little gift shop is beautiful (of course much more expensive than other places, but this is at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden after all)...

The rolling lawns and great service is appreciated. We popped in for lunch (with no reservation) and were promptly seated under one of the trees. Great start. I ordered a juice, my wife ordered a water and a cold drink. The juice arrived... with the cold drink a few minutes later. The water seemed to have been forgotten. Whatever, it was fine, we were relaxed and in a good mood.

A bread basket arrived with more than enough little breads (at least six) - served with butter (olive oil and balsamic were on the table ... a plus!). Things are getting better!

We ordered mains (having politely declined the buffet offer). As we were not too hungry, we ordered a cob salad and a cheeseburger (which is served with chips), which we always share halfway through. Unfortunately, this is where it all fell completely flat. The cheeseburger was just a bun and a patty (which was quite peppery) and a slab of cheese on it... no other toppings on the burger? For Ksh850, I have had burgers that were ten times better in Nairobi (URBAN in Westgate - amazing!). The chips which were served with the burger were a bit cold and looked tired.

The salad, which came in at a cool Ksh1050 (approximately) was served in a deep-fried tortilla-like bowl. The salad itself was fine, but why oh why serve a salad (supposedly healthy option) in such an oil-drenched bowl?! (It was not crunchy at all, just oily, terrible.)

The cappuchino was fine.

Overall, a bit underwhelming. Such a pity, because it really is beautiful and the service is great (despite the water mishap). Perhaps it was just an off day, because the place is clearly popular.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Reasonable prices, lovely gardens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I held a couple of meetings there - mostly just getting drinks. However some friends ate there, and really enjoyed the food and the prices.

1 Thank Leoma G
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Manila, Philippines
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“When in the area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

You MUST visit Tamarind - beautiful settings in a nicely tended garden, just around from the Karen Blixen Museum, friendly service and good food. What more does one want on a Sunday afternoon in Karen, Nairobi?

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Mads_Nairobi
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Ottawa, Canada
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60 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

...I haven't stayed here, yet, but the resturant is great and the setting is very nice. Go see this unique place.

1 Thank tunis1addis
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Accra, Ghana
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice setting with beautiful surroundings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Good for business as well as family meals. Excellent service and friendly staff. Set in the beautiful Karen area away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Meals good and timely.

1 Thank Georgebest5
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