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“Could be good”

Aero Club of East Africa Restaurant
Ranked #78 of 628 Restaurants in Nairobi
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Diner
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The Aero Club of East Africa was founded in 1927 by the aviation pioneers who opened up the frontiers of Africa. It still retains that 1930s romantic charm and historical ambience. The club is the only restaurant at Wilson Airport, four km from Nairobi’s central business district on the Langata Road. It is on the edge of the Athi Plains, with easy access to the Nairobi National Park and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The restaurant has inside dining, a large eating deck and tables in the garden and by the swimming pool. It overlooks Wilson’s 007 runway and is an ideal spot to spend the hours before you leave on safari or to unwind on your return and watch planes and helicopters land and take off while soaking up the atmosphere in this legendary piece of Kenya’s aviation history. Chef Neil McCarthy and the Creative Kitchen Co. team moved into the restaurant at the Aero Club of East Africa on 1st October 2011. Neil has cooked and consulted all over the world, from London’s Mayfair Hotel and the Moscow Metropole to California’s vineyards and top-range hotels across Africa, including the Mt. Kenya Safari Club and Nairobi’s Tribe hotel. He is famous for his tasty gourmet burgers and dry-rub spicy BBQ ribs. He creates tasty international buffets and a la carte specialties. Sinful puddings include his New York style, melt in your mouth, baked cheese cake and home baked apple pie. He serves mouthwatering and seriously satisfying food.
Reviewed March 1, 2013

Nice venue exciting menu for lunch al fresco on the tech terrace and watch the planes. Friendly service, only bad point is the food you don 't get what is supposed to be served. I order two choices and it was not way was described in the menu and neither the staff more the cook seams to have a clue what they did wrong, putting powder parmesan instead of melted cheddar and telling you it cheddar, and mayonnaise instead of mustard in a hot dog and confusing english with american mustard. the head chef is too busy chatting up customer to look what is going out of his kitchen.

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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Recommend the fish and chips the beer batter is second to none...try the dessert fruit filled turnovers with ice cream and cream and a sauce to die for
the new management has this historical meeting place back on track ...job well done..looking forward to next time

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2  Thank carol w
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

My family reluctantly went with me to the Aero Club after a shopping trip. I want to catch a piece of 20th century history. Everybody loved the food; including quite possibly, the best milkshakes in Africa.

We came back the next day for dinner and enjoyed the food and the unique environment. We had burgers, steak, pasta, salads and chicken. Everything was wonderful. We all had milkshakes again.

Eating while watching bush planes land was a lot of fun!

2  Thank Bruce C
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

If you are working at Wilson you are just not going to beat the Aero Club. The new rooms are great and clean, would be almost perfect if they had fans (get rid of the useless TVs). The new restuarant manager has introduced a new menu which is great, food is good, beer is cold and the locals are sociable.

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1  Thank Keith P
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

I was in Kenya for two months and while there I see that Aero Club had jumped to the Number one restaurant in Nairobi so when I returned from the Coast I had to try it.

I was planning on going for dinner and called, but they said breakfast and lunch only which was a little surprising so opted for breakfast. Arrived at 9 am and no one there other than one gentleman having coffee and working his laptop.

As I am from the US I chose the American pancakes and maple syrup and a side of bacon.

The pancakes came and I asked for the maple syrup, and the waiter said it was already on the pancakes. They might have been moist, but no syrup that I could tell and he offered none forthcoming. And the pancakes themselves were like lead, not light like the American pancakes I know and I have been eating them for many years.

And I know maple syrup as a former producer and at one time named the Number One maple syrup maker in North America, the lack of syrup and non offered in a syrup container was most surprising.

The side of bacon was most skimpy and average at best.

So I have to honestly say it was as poor a breakfast as I have in a long time.

I will not be back, the Java House is of much great value and the quality of food is also higher.

Jim from Minnesota USA

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4  Thank Maplelagjames
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