Corner Affair Bistro: a sanctuary nestled in Westlands

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Photo Credits: Susan Wong

April 29, 2011 – As one walks into the Corner Affair Bistro in Westlands, the overwhelming feeling of comfort and cosiness embraces you and provides refuge from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi.

The generous patio dining space at Corner Affair Bistro is surrounded by lush greenery and is balanced perfectly with the earthy tones of the décor, whilst comfy white pillows invite you to lounge and enjoy some “siesta time” as the owner puts it.   Although the Capital Lifestyle team has only seen Corner Affair Bistro in daylight, the team can only imagine how romantic dining there in the evening would be like, indoors or outdoors!

The staff wore genuine smiles on their faces and exuded the aura of good customer service.

The diverse menu showcased the Bistro’s worldly and wholesome flavours. For vegetarians, if you’re bored with your regular salads and lentil dishes, Corner Affair Bistro offers unique and creative interpretations of savoury classics like Sheppard’s Pie, among others.  The Capital Lifestyle team was particularly fond of the Chicken Escalope and Walnut Apple Salad.  

From all of the dining experiences the Capital Lifestyle team has tasted thus far, Corner Affair Bistro wins the title for “Best bang for your buck!”  The generous portions, flavours, ambience and service potentially will make Corner Affair Bistro a staple destination for foodies.

 

Décor. Calm, warm, romantic and earthy.  Great outdoor patio dining space.   

 

Service. Welcoming and personable.

 

Things to look forward to.  An outdoor bakery is currently being finished and soon fresh baguettes and brownies will be served.  Starting May 15th breakfast will be served. Cooking lessons are in the works and enrolment will begin in a few months.

 

Price. Generous portions and there’s nothing like too much of a good thing!  Prices are very reasonable and affordable. For example the Chicken Escalope was 1150 ksh and Tiramisu was 500 ksh.

 

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Food

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The Walnut and Apple Salad stood out on the menu at first glance, and it did not disappoint.  I particularly appreciated the use of fresh green apples and how lightly dressed the salad was without sacrificing flavour.  The green apples added the perfect punch of sweetness and crunch to the dish.  For the less healthy, mayonnaise was served on the side.

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Our second starter was the Thai Fish Cakes.  A great concept of ingredients, but in this case, the chewy texture was overwhelming.  The “Sweet” sauce was not sweet at all and left a burning spicy sensation on my palate.  I would have enjoyed a more balanced sweet and spicy sauce.

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The Chicken Escalope was a winner!  The chicken stuffed with basil and wrapped with bacon was absolutely deliciously moist.  The sides of creamy mashed potatoes and sautéed greens were on point.

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A unique, creative and vegetarian interpretation of Sheppard’s Pie was surprisingly deliciously savoury.  Instead of ground beef, tofu was used as a substitute.  Together with fresh eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms and carrots; the tofu didn’t stick out like a sore thumb and was complimented well by a cheesy tomato sauce.

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The Spaghetti Bolognese was uneventful.  The sauce was too watery and the pasta was overcooked for my tastes.

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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.

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