The soothing breeze softly swaying the trees, a stunning view of green manicured gardens, the sun shining above you as you enjoy a delicious meal and the desire to linger for “one last glass of wine” long after the meal is finished… these are elements that characterise the perfect Nairobi outdoor dining experience. So with that in mind, here is a list of EatOut’s favourite garden dining spots.
Dubbed “Down Thyme’, the outdoor seating area at this charmingly intimate restaurant is sunk deep amongst trees which cocoon diners as they eat in their secluded gazebos covered in flowers and vines. In the evening time, tables are laid with candles which, combined with soft music and their consistently amazing food, make this the ideal spot for a romantic dinner for two or simply a perfect place to unwind and calm the senses.
If fine dining with a view is what you are after, then the Lord Erroll might well be the place for you. With a delightful, bubbling, fountain, chirping birds and a well manicured lawn, this French-inspired restaurant has an extensive gourmet menu which will suit even the most demanding of diners. It is the perfect place to host weddings, birthdays or other celebrations in which you might want to make an impression.
With a large garden and a great climbing frame for the kids, the third Asmara restaurant recently opened in Karen, is swiftly becoming a favourite for the long-winded Sunday lunch crowd. While this restaurant is a favourite for lovers of the delicious and varied cuisine of Eritrea, its menu has an ample Italian selection too with pastas, thin crust pizzas and some decadent desserts thrown in for good measure.
A favourite on the Nairobi foodie scene, this Karen gastrolounge boasts an extensive kiddie-friendly lawn and a relaxed patio dining area. The walls of its open plan indoor/outdoor layout are defined by colourful local paintings and a mix of exotic ornaments. That and the inspired mix of delicious classic British and Oriental Cuisines, are the reasons that year in year out, diners keep coming back for more.
Nestled deep amongst the tall trees of the Peponi Valley, if it weren’t for the sounds of cars driving by on the road down below, you’d be forgiven for thinking this restaurant is lost deep in the countryside. Relax over a light lunch of pasta or order a pillowy pizza cooked in their wood oven by the restaurant’s Malindi-trained chef, while sipping on glasses of wine and catching up with any gossip in this surprisingly delightful and lush hidden corner of the city.
Not sure whether you fancy a Persian, Turkish or Italian meal? Toranj makes your life easier by making all three and in a lovely family-friendly open garden setting. The restaurant is conveniently located along James Gichuru road and is an ideal mid-week lunch spot. Their non-alcoholic drinks menu is filled with a great variety of juices and other Middle-Eastern inspired drinks, so get comfortable and make sure you draw out your meal to the max.