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“Tranquil, tasty and quirky”
Review of Tin Roof Cafe

Tin Roof Cafe
Ranked #14 of 677 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: Healthy, Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Quiet, quirky day-time cafe perfect for light, healthy lunches with great salads and fresh, exotic smoothies, juices and excellent coffee hand-roasted in Nairobi.
Reviewed May 1, 2014

First of all, one of the things I appreciate most about the Tin Roof Café is that it's not in a mall, as so many of Nairobi's eateries are. Instead, it's set amidst trees and gardens, not dressed up, but chic. Thought has been put into the interior, with photography on the wall and a book swap ready for a long afternoon's coffee.

Secondly, the food is delicious. The kitchen is small, and when the plates come out you can taste the fact that someone has spent time creating it, not simply throwing together a plate on a big conveyor belt. Add to that their Ottolenghi-inspired salad bar, which makes for a hearty, wholesome, and delectable lunch; the salads alone bring me back for more.

The staff are very friendly and efficient, and really seem to care about the quality of the food and whether you enjoyed your meal, without being over fussy nor constantly hovering.

I've yet to see someone take advantage of the pétanque pitch outside, but it's a wonderful atmosphere in which to enjoy everything from a healthy, delicious lunch, or to set-up with a good book and indulge in another slice of home-made carrot cake.

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7  Thank Phil_at_large
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

For the freshest salads, mouth-watering sandwiches, and best cappuccinos in town, the Tin Roof Cafe is the place to come. Even more than the food and drinks (which are not to be missed -- especially the pineapple-mint juice) the atmosphere is what keeps me coming back time and time again. The outdoor seating, with painted chairs and floral fabrics, remind me of my favorite cafes in France. There is also great wifi and for those who want to be more unplugged, a book exchange, where you can find something new to read while you pass away the afternoon at the Tin Roof!

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8  Thank Eve M
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

Tin Roof is a haven amidst the hustle and bustle of Nairobi, with a laidback but welcoming atmosphere, top service, super coffee and most importantly, excellent food. We were made to feel right at home during our visit and it was clear why the locals flock to this spot. A wide ranging menu covered plenty of options for breakfast, brunch or lunch and the daily selection of salads is worth going for alone. The terrace was good for a cloudy day but you can also sit in a very pleasant garden. There are some great shops surrounding the cafe where you can pick up some presents too, which makes it ideal for visitors.
Well worth the trip to Karen and a must if you're in the area!

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6  Thank LCOSP
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

Set in a quaint part of the compound surrounded by trees and a smallish garden. No question that the Tin Roof Cafe serves splendid home cooked food/snacks. Each time we go there, we have enjoyed every dish that we ordered, The salads are fresh and free from flies and the juices are also freshly made. This restaurant has true quality.

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8  Thank smatlock10
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

We went to the tin roof for breakfast this morning. I have to admit that Tin Roof is a very quaint lil spot. Mature trees and flowers are all over, noise from the busy road is not even an issue. As we were the first people there, seating space was in abundance....

We ordered a latte and a cappuccino which were great. Our only complaint was with the food, what we thought were lemon pancakes turned out to be crepes served on a side plate, with an old lemon wedge. We also had the ham and cheese omelette which was just that - with no garnish what so ever. The portions were very small for the price paid.

All in all, we would go back for the ambiance and coffee...

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3  Thank 303Malaika
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