I walked into the shiny new Executive Residency by Best Western along Riverside Drive not knowing what to expect. I was visiting a brand new restaurant by the name The Grove, located on the rooftop of the building and I was excited to experience something new. The elevator doors opened and we walked into a spacious, airy spot. The brightly lit casual space was vibrant with lime green and grey decor, giving it a homely feel. During the day, this rooftop restaurant offers a scenic view of the Westlands skyline.
The Grove’s menu features a mix of dishes including seafood, steaks, chicken, a variety of salads, soups and vegetarian options. Buzzing with excitement, we were welcomed by soft jazz tunes playing in the background. We chose the outside sitting area which is also where their fully stocked bar is located. Sipping on some juices and virgin cocktails, we caught up on some banter as we waited for our dinner to arrive.
To start, we had the calamari rings, served with saffron mayonnaise, barbeque chicken wings sautéed in their signature sauce served with garlic aioli, warm farfalle pasta with peppers tossed in pesto sauce and topped with parmesan cheese and the chilli beef salad, with stir fried beef strips, baby potatoes, a chilli dressing and garnished with fried leeks. The calamari rings were large and crispy and the combination with the saffron mayonnaise was an utter delight. The favourite starter was the barbeque chicken wings which were sweet and sour thanks to the homemade sauce they were glazed with. If you happen to visit this spot, be sure to give these wings a try; they are sure excitement for your palate.
The chilli beef salad was fresh and mildly spicy – the chef can add more chilli if you like your food extra spicy. The beef strips, though slightly tough, were seasoned just right and they would have added a fun texture to the meal had they been slightly softer.
After a pleasant beginning, we looked forward to the main course. Being a table of ardent meat lovers it was expected that our main course featured steaks, pork chops, chicken and beef. The glazed pork chops were the highlight of the evening. Prepared to perfection, the sweet and juicy cuts were tender and full-flavoured and a little dip in the mustard gravy resulted to a sensational meal that we couldn’t have enough of. Our efforts of finding out the ingredients of the secret sauce were futile-the servers guarded their secret with passion so you just have to visit the Grove and have a taste of their enticing pork chops.
Another dish that we all loved was the lean and tender beef medallions. The grilled beef tenderloin was made with maison butter and served with sautéed vegetables accompanied by baby potatoes. The medallions were juicy and showcased the chef’s talent in full flare. This was a dish I’ll definitely crave.
Dessert ended the night just like it began, on a high note. I had the warm chocolate brownie, with chocolate sauce served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The brownie was moist and soft with a rich chocolate sauce in the middle and resulted to a gratifying dessert when taken together with the vanilla ice cream.
If you are looking to visit a new restaurant, The Grove should be your go-to. With both inside and outside seating areas, it is a perfect spot for a group of friends or family. You and your friends or colleagues can take advantage of their happy hour offer and enjoy a 10% discount on wine and beers at Ksh.250 per bottle everyday from 5pm to 8pm.