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“Real African cuisine for almost every pocket” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Amaica The Restaurant

Amaica The Restaurant
Ranked #295 of 512 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: African
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Delivery, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Amaica is an indigenous Kenyan five star restaurant chain that provides an engaging cultural experience for customers. We are renowned for our authentic African food, service excellence based on African hospitality standards, set in an African environment to enhance your experience. Providing healthy, balanced and unique African dishes from around the country. Amaica offers the perfect environment for dining out as well as celebrating special occasions. Amaica Peponi is located in Nairobi's Westlands area. Located in the green leafy suburbs and set against the backdrop of Karura Forest, Amaica Peponi is the ideal getaway for friends, colleagues and family. Amaica JKIA is found within the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Located in the international departures terminal 1A Level 2 at the food court.Overlooking the Airport parking apron, runway and hangars, Amaica JKIA guests are treated to a scenic view that has customers enthralled by planes taking off and landing as well beautiful sunrise and sunset moments.
Nairobi, Kenya
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67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Real African cuisine for almost every pocket”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

It took me a couple of months to visit Amaica as my Kenyan friends would call it "very good but very expensive". Only half of that turned out to be true.
The ambiance is acceptable even if the chairs could be more comfortable. You have a choice of either hard wood chairs or armchairs which don't make the eating very easy. But this is where the issues end.
The menu offers a very wide selection of regional, Kenyan dishes including quite unusual ones such as fried white flying ants. A must try :) We checked fried gizzards with the hottest chilli dip on the planet, forest mushrooms in peanut sauce, quail skewers with matoke banana on the side. Delicious. Go very well with Guinness.
The service was very efficient and knowledgeable about all dishes. Waiting time - 10 minutes for the starters and almost no break before main. Combined with traditional, African smile made the whole experience truly pleasant.
Final bill? USD 45 for two, including drinks. Not too bad...
Next time you are in Nairobi, ignore Carnivore with its fake African feel. Amaica rulz.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Nairobi, Kenya
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The greatest disappointment in Nairobi”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

Only once we (family of 4) tried to check what made Amaica different from other Nairobi restaurants and we were all shocked with price for regular orange juice (ksh 400- usd 5) for one dl of diluted orange juice. What they tried to introduce as an "authentic Kenyan cuisine" turned to be terribly overpriced medioce food - service was no better... Any house help can make 3 times better food for a fraction of their price. We made sure that all our visitors from Europe avoid Amaica because as there is no value for money. As simple as that.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sandaken
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Houston, Texas
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166 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“We really enjoyed the dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

We dined at AMAICA Restaurant our last day in Nairobi just before flying home from our 2 week safari. We were originally scheduled to eat at the Brazilian Steakhouse (we have those in Houston), but we requested an authentic Kenyan meal. It turned out to be a great experience.
On arrival, we were met by the owner, Pamela. It was early so had the restaurant all to ourselves. Pamela prepared a tour of Kenya – all dishes were from different areas and tribes. We had:
Appetizer: Tsiswa – roasted termites. Incredibly good!! Forget they are termites and enjoy
Entrée: Muchenye – grilled quail with sweet potato and beans
Entrée: Managu – marinated grilled tilapia and collard greens (I don’t like collard greens but these were real good)
Entrée – Chicken Biryani and rice (papaya flavored rice)
Entree – smoked beef in peanut sauce
Side - Finger millet (fermented porridge, you drink it from the bowl)
Side – Nzoo – black eyed peas
Chapati – very thin flat bread
They have a full service bar, but being our last day in East Africa, we opted for a good cold Tusker beer.
We all enjoyed the meal and the stories behind each dish. It was a great experience, and an excellent meal.
I took notes to get all the dishes right but may have a spelling error or two.
We had prepaid for the Brazilian steakhouse and the credit was applied to Amaica.
I would very much like to return.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Nairobi, Kenya
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Not very impressive”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

i attended a party there and it was a disappointment, food was mediocre, service bad, food is very very very expensive then it tastes like what your house girl would cook.
if your a tourist try it out & to get to know what Kenyan food is about,
if your a resident go eat somewhere else
overall i would not come back

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bobtuber
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Boise
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60 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“dishonest owner”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

Yes, the food is good, and great setting, but beware of dishonest practices. The quoted prices were not even close to the final billing, they tried to force us to pay a $200 (US) "credit fee", grossly overcharged on the bar tab, and when we presented the owner with the discrepencies, she would not dispute them, but still insisted on the grossly inflated tab. I was told by a Kenyan at the restaurant that night that this happens frequently with foreign visitors.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jmichael-6
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