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Old 27th Sep 2018, 06:35
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+1 vote for the Sankara. From what I remember the breakfast was fantastic.
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Old 28th Sep 2018, 15:11
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Ole Sereni is very nice. A little out of town though.
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Old 31st Oct 2018, 11:17
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The Stanley Hotel in Nairobi was nice when I stayed there, although it was a while ago.
Ah. Memories of boozy midday gatherings at the Long Bar in the 1970s... Another popular watering hole was, of course, the Norfolk Hotel, with its Lord Delamere restaurant. The Norfolk, with its gardens and aviaries, offered the most relaxing .accommodation in those days. No idea what they are like today, however?
The best-value lunch was probably at the railway station, providing silver service and starched napkins.
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Old 31st Oct 2018, 15:29
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Alan Bobbe's Bistro on Koinange St - one of the most memorble restaurants I've ever had the luck to find.
Banana Daiquiris and mountains of BBQ game meat at Carnivore's out past the airport.
And no end of epic curry houses, none of this insipid anglo-indian food there, just the real thing.
The National Catering College restaurant was pretty damn good too, incredible food and value plus hugely entertaining service at times.
+1 for the Norfolk.
The Stanley of the 1970s would have been the "Old" Stanley, wouldn't it? The current one is the "New Sanley."
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Old 31st Oct 2018, 16:12
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Another vote for Carnivore, brilliant night for meat eaters and service working at the psychic level...

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Old 31st Oct 2018, 16:43
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Originally Posted by Chris Scott View Post
Ah. Memories of boozy midday gatherings at the Long Bar in the 1970s... Another popular watering hole was, of course, the Norfolk Hotel, with its Lord Delamere restaurant. The Norfolk, with its gardens and aviaries, offered the most relaxing .accommodation in those days. No idea what they are like today, however?
The best-value lunch was probably at the railway station, providing silver service and starched napkins.
Sorry to tell you, but that is all now ancient history. The Norfolk is no longer the quaint gathering place it was, it is a modernized dump very badly placed for anything. Similarly the New Stanley would come near the bottom of my list, agin its location has become terrible and it is near the end of a spiral of decline. Lunch at the railway station with silver and napkins?! Wow, that was back in the days of East African Railways, nothing remotely like that available today!


Bobbe's Bistro on Koinange St - one of the most memorble restaurants I

That has moved to the bottom of a residential block of flats Westlands and is still a nice, quiet and unfashionable in a good way, place to eat. Carnivore is still going strong, I use it as the last reference point for height on my approach to Wilson's rwy 07 - passing over at 200' AGL! But there are some good Brazilian meat places that compete strongly. Agree that the Indian restaurants are fantastic - way way better than in the UK; Handi, Anghiti, Chowpatty are all excellent
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Sorry to tell you, but that is all now ancient history. The Norfolk is no longer the quaint gathering place it was, it is a modernized dump very badly placed for anything. Similarly the New Stanley would come near the bottom of my list, agin its location has become terrible and it is near the end of a spiral of decline. Lunch at the railway station with silver and napkins?! Wow, that was back in the days of East African Railways, nothing remotely like that available today!
It was already the "New Stanley" in the 1970s, melagertoo !

Astonished that so much has changed in a mere 45 years, double_barrel. What about the Thorn Tree? Has it survived? Guess the old Norfolk was doomed after that bomb had gone off. One morning on a slip and accompanied by my wife, I left her in our room and found an empty table for b'fast in that old restaurant. Some time later, looking up over my newspaper, I spied her several tables away, chattering in animated fashion to a guy who had so far failed to lower his. Eventually, the penny dropped.! Happy days...
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Old 4th Nov 2018, 13:01
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I thought I'd heard that Carnivores closed many years ago (didn't they suffer security - ie highway robbery - problems there on the access road at night, and a murder?) and later re-opened somewhere else in a very wartered down reincarnation?
Equally Alan Bobbe's won't be remotely similar in a different place and without the sharp-tongued and delightfully camp Alan Bobbe keeping his waiters under control.
I loved the unreconstructed colonial atmosphere in a blissfully peaceful country club 40 minutes or so out of town to the NE (was it the Nairobi Country Club?) and another time-warp at the Hurlingham Hotel where even the bread was home-made and an ancient waiter once castigated my svelte g/f for not finishing her meal because then she wouldn't get fat and so would never find a husband! "Does Sah like his steak hard or soft?"
The Intercontinental used to be ridiculously cheap for truly superb cuisine and served one the best steak tatare I've ever had. I bet that's changed too.
What is Nairobi like for prices and secutity nowadays?
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Old 6th Nov 2018, 07:48
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Originally Posted by meleagertoo View Post
I thought I'd heard that Carnivores closed many years ago (didn't they suffer security - ie highway robbery - problems there on the access road at night, and a murder?) and later re-opened somewhere else in a very wartered down reincarnation??
Not that I am aware of. It is still the same old Carnivore, somewhat reinvented as a music/entertainment venue that also serves meat. They had an incident with some deaths following a crush to leave a concert, but I am not aware of any particular security issue. There is always a modest risk of carjacking and mugging anywhere in Nairobi.

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Equally Alan Bobbe's won't be remotely similar in a different place and without the sharp-tongued and delightfully camp Alan Bobbe keeping his waiters under control.
True. Very diluted.

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I loved the unreconstructed colonial atmosphere in a blissfully peaceful country club 40 minutes or so out of town to the NE (was it the Nairobi Country Club?)
Could that be the Kentmere Club near Tigoni, NW of the city? Still an incredible time warp and still surviving.

Generally Nairobi is a fun place to be if you know how to 'work it'. But for visitors it must be very confusing, and potentially dangerous. Most are met at the airport by their Safari guides and whisked away immediately, so never see anything of real Kenyan society.
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Indeed it was the Kentmere - got my orientation a bit wrong there. Glad to hear it's still going.
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