Nyama Mama, a modern day African roadside diner, opened doors to its flagship restaurant at Delta Towers (Westlands) earlier this year. I luckily was invited to join them on a culinary experience to taste out their new recipes. Spread across two floors with a seating capacity of 150 people, an eclectic bar area and lounge space, Nyama Mama brings to life Mama’s inspiration through her travels across East and West Africa. Her passion to bring home-style dishes with her own modern twist on them has been a hit with Nairobi residents.
She is giving diners a distinctive experience from the moment they step into the restaurant; through the use of brightly colored Kitenge fabric, furniture hand-made by local craftsmen and washbasins reminiscent of those on a roadside Kibanda. For those looking for a bit more privacy, there is a private dining area on the second floor that can also be turned into an event space.
Diners can also enjoy a selection of refreshing cocktails with their meal, from Cocktail Tins and Mama’s Medicine to unique boozy milkshakes (a specialty you will only find at Nyama Mama!). I recommend the mama shake dessert cocktail made from vanilla ice cream, peach puree, strawberry puree, watermelon juice and topped with strawberry popcorn, trust me, just try it. Ooo these Mama’s medicine cocktails are definitely not for the weak hearted. They are super strong from the bases of black label, spiced rum, hennessy VS, donjulio and it takes 21 days to create their unique tastes. So you can imagine the different zesty flavors.
No journey can start off well without a hearty breakfast prepared by taste awards rising star winner, Chef Lesiamon Sempele, served between 7am – 11am on weekdays, 8am-12pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays. Nyama Mama, has incorporated a great selection for their breakfast menu.
First i had the chance to try this Brioche french toast with caramelized bananas, roasted pecans and maple butter syrup. THIS has to be the most unique, best tasting french toast i have ever had hands down. Perhaps because of the homemade bread? Mmm, a must try.
Ah, can I say another favorite? Haha Nyama Mama breakfast menu is without a doubt my highest recommended place for breakfast. The chocolate zucchini bread, incredible. Who knew zucchini could taste so good!
From March onwards, party-goers will also be able to get their late-night fix with Mama’s late night menu that will be available every Friday and Saturday (11:30pm – 4am) Mama’s African inspiration goes beyond her food.
Inspired by eggs benedict, Nyama mama created the pulled beef benedict made on a buttermilk biscuit base instead of the usual english muffin. Added beef, and sukuma wiki for that Kenyan twist.
I highly recommend the char-grilled githeri with avocado and kachumbari, a side of the fried plantains and grilled goat leg. This combination was simply impossible to believe.
My favorite twisted cocktail goes to the honey & chili margarita. Apart from the amazing presentation, a drink made from Don Julio tequila never tasted so good. The spicy flavor and lemon honey makes it very easy to drink 5 glasses without realizing.
Chef Lesiamon ended this culinary experience with the cherry on top, or shall i say the mandazi on top? haha. I have never seen mandazi look this sophisticated. I felt totally modernized when i found out that this was mandazi for dessert. With its cinnamon flavors, this mandazi dessert is stuffed with chai ice cream creating an unforgettable dessert sandwich!