From its Food Loft to cafes, take a peek into Yaya Centre as Nairobi’s premier foodie destination.
If the phrase “food court” has you imagining greasy Chicago pizza, soggy chips and Lebanese shish kebabs, then you’re in for a treat when you visit the Food Loft at the top floor of Yaya Centre. No, this isn’t your run of the mill, franchise- owned, badly lit section of the mall that for all intents and purposes seems to have been stuck in as an afterthought. Opting for quality rather than quantity, the Yaya Food Loft hosts four bijoux restaurants: Primi Piatti, Mint Leaf, Chinese Kitchen Dim Sum Restaurant and Absolute Juice. Sitting side by side,these eateries strive to present clients with some of the best food in town, without undue delay, and at a price that even a foodie on a shoestring can afford.
Elisabeth Klem is the Managing Director of Yaya Centre and she has some ideas as to why the Hurlingham mall is rapidly becoming the go to destination for all things culinary. “The restaurants are all together but with individualised service,” she explains, “choice is certainly there, from Chinese to Indian to contemporary- there is something there for everyone.” The foodie crew has definitely taken notice as they increasingly flock to Yaya Centre to have their palates amazed. And the gourmet destinations do not by any means end at the Food Loft. From Alexandre Bakery, to Sierra Brasserie, to the recently opened, ever popular Artcaffe on the ground floor, serious food lovers have been put on notice. For the lunchtime crowd both Alexandre and Artcaffe can provide quick, light and delicious lunches. If a sandwich is what you are after Alexandre offers the closest thing to gourmet lunch delights with their open sandwiches. If instead your idea of lunch heaven is a Caesar Salad with just enough croutons and parmesan to get your tastebuds raving, then Artcaffe is the place to go. Sierra Brasserie, which UP Magazine recently voted as serving the best steaks in the whole of Nairobi, is definitely your high-end after work place to go. If you’re looking to chill with friends or impress a client, you’ll get to enjoy carefully selected wine, as well as beer straight from Sierra’s own brewery on Mombasa Road.
The ambience is something that really needs to be seen to be understood. Tiny, tucked away corners open up into wide elegant restaurants, everything with its own place to belong. “The consistency is amazing,” says Klem, “Yaya has a great variety for any pocket size.” So if you plan to get fancy with your appetite this month, then look no further than Yaya to get your culinary fix.
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