Mercury: The best Buffalo Wings in Nairobi

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Mercury The Last Drop in Nairobi Kenya photographed by Susan Wong 2012

Bars are generally known for greasy fish and chips, tasteless burgers, and over-sauced wings to go with your pint of beer.  Not so, anymore.  The latest burgeoning business in Nairobi is the Gastropub.

Marrying the best of pub culture and restaurant dining, the modern consumer can go unwind in a friendly pub atmosphere, drink away their worries with a selection of beers and cocktails, and indulge in some delicious food – even during the day.

When you pass by Mercury The Last Drop at The Junction Mall, it doesn’t matter which evening of the week, it’s always pulsating with good times.  During the day, The Last Drop transforms into a casual gastropub that serves up generous portions of some of the most authentic Buffalo Wings in Nairobi, offers traditional pub grub favourites with more robust flavours and revamped versions of popular classics like potato skins, moist and flaky fish and chips, spare ribs and steak.  Inspired by original, tried and tested recipes, The Last Drop appeals to discerning clientele.

Fresh-faced staff are always eager to assist you.  The Last Drop’s service was definitely more efficient during the day than in the evenings, probably thanks to the more relaxed vibe.

Unlike the Mercury at ABC Place, The Last Drop sports more of a rustic décor of a college bar with wood paneling, traditional bar stools and framed photographs of defining sports’ moments.  The informal dining space during the day is bright, relaxing and homely.  The Last Drop is built for comfort, not speed, so the bells-and-whistles are limited to what comes out of the kitchen, and it’s here the gastropub experience really shines.

To begin with, Capital Lifestyle Magazine drooled over the Crispy Potato Skins.  Fried until golden, the potato skin shells were filled with gorgonzola cheese, savoury bacon, chives and topped with a slice of red chilli.  We wished we had ordered more.

The Pork Spare Ribs were oven-baked loin ribs coated in honey and soya sauce.  Tender and served piping hot, it tasted as good as it looked.  The Mercury classic, Mini Beef Medallions, echoed similar sweet and savoury flavours of the ribs.  The reduction of their secret port wine lifted the juicy beef and again, made us wonder, why didn’t we order more?

When Capital Lifestyle Magazine saw Buffalo Wings, it was a no brainer that we had to sample The Last Drop’s version.  After all, offering Buffalo Wings is a bit of a gamble considering most chefs who have never visited Buffalo, New York have a hard time recreating the authenticity of the flavours.  Buffalo Wings are traditionally deep-fried, unbreaded and then coated in a special spicy and vinegar-based sauce, served with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing.  The Last Drop’s version will undoubtedly make Teressa Bellissimo, the woman credited with creating Buffalo Wings, proud.  Who knows, these Buffalo Wings may just rival the original American pub that popularized them, Anchor Bar.

According to Eat Out, an average meal at The Last Drop will cost around Sh 1,000 per person.  Surprisingly a great place to grab a bite, lunch or even a casual dinner; The Last Drop should definitely be one of your favourite gastropub joints in Nairobi.

For location details, prices, and how you can book online – make sure you check out Eat Out Kenya! Check it out now! http://www.eatout.co.ke/thelastdrop

 

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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

  • Pat Isaya

    Hmm… the write-up.. and photos definitely whet it up especially if you have taste buds that are familiar with this stuff. I think Rajesh appreciates that ur writing as a food critic…celery sticks and bleu cheese aside, I’d also be concerned if the buffalo wings weren’t properly sized..

  • six

    Perhaps Rajesh should use proper channels (and proper spelling) to blog about their unique dining experiences elsewhere? Rajesh has clearly taken this personally…maybe they work for an establishment that is a rival of this gastropub?

    Rajesh – in your last comment about your opinion (doctoring photos)…why are YOU entitled to an opinion online and others aren’t? who the hell do YOU think YOU are?

    Susan – this person (male or female) is clearly wasting your time and the space by posting here (more than once to say the exact same thing…very inefficient). I’m sure you’re a very busy lady and have more important matters to attend to =) Keep up the great work!

  • Gnet

    I love the article and it accurately describes what Mercury Last Drop puts on the table. Susan is known to be very candid in her reviews so Rajesh i would suggest you take one for the team and get with the program. Childish criticisms will not change the awesome taste of the food neither the high quality of the photographs! Having been at the premise and eaten the food there makes this debate invalid! It was really good…and worth it… And for heavens sake get your caps lock checked, its a bit loose

  • Agreed! Rajesh.. stop
    whining.. I’m sure you are way older than your writing suggest so please do act
    your age.. I was at mercury yesterday and OMG! The food is as delectable as
    Susan says and looks like that too. Rajesh.. move on to another site.. stop
    wasting our time and space with your irrelevant gibberish!!Good day to you all
    and Susan keep up the good work!

  • TCK

    Great Photos Susan – And as I have been reading you articles since you have started, I have know you to be quite candid and write from no bias.

    – To Rajesh – I can guarantee you that the photos are real and not airbrushed or styled in any manner (maybe a little bi of brightness may have been added).

  • Foodie Ron

    Hi people,I’ve eaten twice at mercury and I was like, “meh!”… The burger was chewy and lacked seasoning. The buffalo wings had some flavour but were from an old chicken. You can tell the chicken was old when slaughtered looking at the bones and it was a bit tough. Your pictures of the crispy potato skins, fish ‘n’ chips and pork ribs look nice and I might just go try them. But this looks more of an advert which is okay but may not be an objective opinion.

  • Mercury food!! This tapa’s item has always been my favourite until the potato skins!! Seriously yummy!! looking at the photo’s gets me salivating all over again! thankful I can go anytime day or night!! lol Thanks Susan am gonna try everything here!

    Have an awesome day!

  • If you argue with a fool you’ll look like one too @e5ad243b584a37da52eb0331770907e3:disqus.. anyway moving on.. Susan I’m checking out your next review…let’s see what its about 🙂

    • RAJESH

      your reply is a guff.

  • RAJESH

    I’m sorry for all my immature comments. Susan Wong you are a great person and apologize for any offence caused. I’m not a fool, but just a lonely person who wants attention. This is me signing out.

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