Once upon a time restaurants used to serve food directly to your table from behind closed doors, how it was prepared was not meant for the eyes of patrons. Today however, largely thanks to the many popular cooking shows, customers are more interested in watching the theatrics that take place in a restaurant kitchen. Open kitchens fascinate most of us, we like to imagine them crammed with flaming pans and acrobatic skills. So for that day when you decide want to observe the chef in action, we have compiled for you a number of restaurants in Nairobi which open up their kitchens for clients to peer in and take in the show.
Anghiti offers some of the best Indian barbecue menus in town and its vegetarian options are nothing to sneer at. To finish it off, their large open kitchen is always a hive of activity with chefs deftly knocking up steaming portions of murg malai kebab, brinjal curries or Indian biryanis for the visual pleasure of their hungry customers.
The owners at Radisson Blu recently refurbished their large open plan kitchen to accommodate for their prize possession: the coal burning Josper Grill. This contraption now has pride of place in the kitchen and is strategically located at the opposite end from the entrance, reeling you in with a fascinating view of the chefs at work.
The biggest attraction at Graze, apart from the thick juicy cuts of meat that is, has always been their elegant kitchen which sits gracefully under the huge blackboard which represents a cow with all its edible sections mapped out. Graze artfully combines the relaxed steak house vibe with an elegant ambiance which lives up to the highest of expectations.
Located in Karen, the original J’s is more intimate and cosy than its raucous sibling on Muthangari drive. Since renovating earlier this year, they have enlarged the outside area adding to the patio an extra five tables and a DJ booth. Unchanged remains their legendary bar area and the open kitchen which allows diners to peak in at the food making process as they sip on their drinks and wait for their food.
Duck into this calm oasis just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi’s CBD. Tatu restaurant’s open kitchen is situated at the back of the room. Best seats in the house are at the chef’s table which provides the perfect view of the culinary action and a chance to talk to the amiable Chef, Aris Athanasiou, in case he sticks his head out of the kitchen.
This vibrant and airy space features stylish décor which enhances the modern, sleek setting. Urban Eatery is a beautiful venue for a meal during the day and lends itself to a swanky evening hangout spot. Here, you get not one, not two but four different open kitchens, each offering a different cuisine; Asian, Indian, Mexican and Mediterranean.