The Phoenician. It almost felt like a sin not to have been here before. Either way, here I was. Excited, hungry and very eager to indulge in their food. Tucked in the serene environment of Matundu Lane in Westlands, The Phoenician is nothing short of spectacular. The modern setting and earth tones used throughout create a relaxing ambiance as soon as you walk in. Their playground and secure parking will ensure that you and your children enjoy your Sunday lunch in peaceful and secure environment.
Joseph Tawk, Managing Director of The Phoenician Restaurants, welcomed us and gave us a brief insight on how he started. He is a civil engineer by profession and a foodie at heart. The Phoenician opened its doors in 2005 behind Sarit Centre and mainly served Lebanese Cuisine. In 2007, he began experimenting with Japanese cuisine and struck gold. It later on moved to its current location in 2014.
FROM TOKYO WITH LOVE
We started off with some Japanese salad that was simply amazing. The flavors infused perfectly with the fresh vegetables and sesame seeds and gave the salad life. Joseph doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to food preparation. He grows his own Italian parsley, gets his mayo from Japan, Salmon from Norway, Tuna from the coast and imports his edamame from his home country, Lebanon which, I could win a million shillings from him if I find a single gram locally. He buys everything himself apart from the flowers he farms in Thika
Our Royal Combo sailed in on a bamboo boat and docked on our table. The royal combo had tuna, salmon, spicy crazy salmon, special crazy, spicy crispy tuna sashimi and salmon sashimi. This by far, was the best sushi I’ve ever had. The spicy crispy tuna sashimi was like heaven in my mouth. The crispy flavor added a pleasant twist to the already delectable tuna. The fish was impeccably fresh and delicious. The sushi rolls made me smile with every roll I had. Their Japanese menu boasts of 100 different sushi rolls. How’s that for variety?
FROM THE HEART OF LEBANON
It was time for the Lebanese main and we were having the hummus, falafels and mixed grill with batata harra and some crispy pitas. The hummus was a new exciting experience. It was rich and paired quite well with the falafels. The mixed grill was made of a grilled selection of cubed meat, boneless chicken and kalfa. I loved the mildly spicy flavor they had given the meat. You could cut it with a butter knife and not even break a sweat. The batata harra, which are spicy Lebanese potatoes, were delicious. Their distinct taste coupled with the meat and vegetables created a memorable meal. We got to try their spinach and cheese samosas, which were simply out of this world and excellent for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. For dessert we had their tiramisu cake. A sweet way to bring the day to a close.
If you haven’t been to the Phoenician, stop whatever your doing and go there. How else would you experience the best of both worlds?
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