Foodies say Yummy – Nairobi’s First Restaurant Week 2014 (#NRW)


For the first time, Nairobi will host the global phenomenon known as Restaurant Week. Between January 30th and February 6th 2014 patrons will be able to experience a special menu at the city’s top restaurants at the Nairobi Restaurant Week (#NRW) in Partnership with Heineken.

As Kenya celebrates its Jubilee year, fifty of Nairobi’s best restaurants will be offering a 3 course prix fix menu for Ksh1250 and Ksh1750 for eight days. The menus consist of a starters, main course and dessert with different options in each. Some of the establishments include Jiko at Tribe Hotel, Seven Seafood & Grill, Talisman, Zen Garden, Lord Delamere at Norfolk Fairmont and Brew Bistro.

360 Degrees Pizza at ABC Place, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi
360 Degrees Pizza at ABC Place, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi

Nairobi Restaurant Week is about applauding the finest food the city has to offer with regards to celebrated Nairobi restaurants. There are over 1000 restaurant establishments in Nairobi alone. From Arabian food to Thai food; you can sample any cuisine from around the world without ever having to leave the country. The top chefs will be putting their culinary skills to the test so that restaurant-goers can experience a one-off limited edition celebratory menu. It celebrates the ingenuity and innovation of our favorite local restaurants.

This could be an indication that Kenyans are very into the idea of dining out and exploring various cuisines. It could also be an indication that Kenyans are becoming busier with their work life hence they barely have time to spare in their kitchens whipping up a meal, and would rather order out and have their meal arrive quickly. Furthermore, more enterprising Kenyans have seen the profitability of entering the restaurant industry; therefore more are venturing into the industry.

“The concept was conceived over 2 years ago. We feel Nairobi is now finally ready for its very own; we’re delighted to be able to bring the inaugural restaurant week to the city,” Mikul Shah of EatOut Kenya mentioned.

Pablos at Best Western Premier Nairobi
Pablos at Best Western Premier Nairobi

Taking part in Nairobi Restaurant Week is simple. Patrons simply book at a participating establishment and order off the specially priced menu. Menus are limited to the first 250 patrons at each outlet.

Food cities such as New York, London, Cape Town and many more around the world hold it annually to great acclaim. Nairobi Restaurant Week is just the experience to bring friends and family together to toast a New Year.

There is no doubt the restaurants on board for Nairobi Restaurant Week are masters in the art of fine dining, even Koen Morshuis, the General Manager of Heineken East Africa stated, “We feel comfortable matching ourselves (Heineken) with the quality of the chef’s food.”

Shangrila Restaurant. Diamond Plaza New Wing - 1st Floor, Gigiri, Nairobi
Shangrila Restaurant. Diamond Plaza New Wing – 1st Floor, Gigiri, Nairobi

 Nairobi Restaurant Week is organized by Taste Events Ltd (the team that brought the highly acclaimed Taste Awards 2011 and 2013 to Kenya) and Heineken. It is a programme designed to promote the local restaurant industry and drive patrons through the doors of participating establishments.

Other sponsors and partners include: Nestle, Slater & Whittaker, Travelstart Kenya, Wrigley, Van Loveren, Kiss 100FM, Classic 105FM, XFM, East FM, UP Magazine, EatOut and SHK Consulting.

For more info on participating restaurants & menu orders, check


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