July 1, 2011 (Susan Wong) – So how many of you have actually tried the “Bistro” in “Brew Bistro and Lounge”.  Myself included, many have enjoyed the tapas, various brews and banging music at the lounge and outside on the patio of Brew Bistro and Lounge; but what about the gorgeous intimate dining space on the other side of the glass encased brewery?

A bistro traditionally serves simple and savoury no-nonsense meals such as slow-cooked foods like braised meats.  Brew Bistro and Lounge definitely has stayed true to the rustic traditions and has added a Pan-Global modern twist to it all.  From braised lamb shank with apple-potato mash to Peking chicken to chocolate cigars; dining at Brew Bistro and Lounge is a culinary adventure that takes you to Europe, Asia and back, with the precision of French culinary prowess and home-grown Kenyan freshness.

The relatively new Butchers Block Steak menu features various cuts of premium 21-day aged beef from Naivasha where the cattle are 100% grain-fed, resulting in beautifully marbled steaks.  I know what you’re thinking, “yuuumm!”

The décor on the bistro side is a modern version of formal-dining-room-meets-swanky-lounge, perfect for taking your significant other or beloved mom to on Date Night Mondays.  The bistro was also surprisingly very quiet and intimate considering the close proximity to the always happening lounge.

Capital Lifestyle’s favourites were the Sweet Molo Lamb Shank with an apple-potato mash that was all creamy savoury sweetness with a poached pear that simply melted in your mouth; and the memorable refreshing lime mint sorbet that came with Date Night Monday’s complimentary dessert plate.

Décor. Contemporary and intimate.  Great outdoor patio dining space and lounge.   

Service. Quick and friendly.  Don’t be afraid to ask the staff for recommendations – they know their stuff.  The food is served on piping hot plates!

Things to look forward to.  Butchers Block menu that features premium cuts of steak.  Date Night Mondays where guests receive complimentary desserts.  You can collect Beer Miles and use the discounts for your dining adventures at Brew Bistro and Lounge. Capital FM resident entertainer, DJ Protege, spins the best in house and techno every Friday with a heavey rotation on Saturday featuring Kenya’s premiere DJ unit, the DJ’s Republic which showcases elite DJs such as W DJ, DJ Andre, DJ Mista Dru, Creme De La Creme and DJ Hypnotiq.

Price.  The Pan-Global menu on the bistro side is pricier than the tapas at the lounge, but that’s obvious considering the culinary experience is completely on a different level.  Generous portions and you get what you pay for. 


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Small bitings to warm up your palette and the delicious homemade sauces including the lightest mayonnaise whipped to perfection upholding to the Dutch background of the Executive Chef.
Nyatipa Seafood Tempura with beer and coconut crusted tempura prawns and crab claws.  The lemon wasabi mayonnaise matched well with the seafood.  However, perhaps of my Asian roots, I would prefer stronger wasabi flavours in the dip.
The Peking Chicken with chinese crepes, cucumber, hoi sin sauce was delicious but the chicken was a little dry for my preference.  The bed of bean sprout salad was absolutely spot on!  I could eat that all day long.  The asian-inspired dressing was light and mouth-watering.
Butchers Block Menu: 250g top rump steak.  Check out those grill marks!  It’s as yummy as it looks.
The Fish Special cooked to the Chef’s inspiration of the day.  Today, the fresh fillet was served on a bed of sauteed leeks and creamy truffle mash potatoes.

Sweet Molo Lamb Shank: briased lamb shank with an apple-potato mash, poached pear and red wine glaze. The meat was so tender it literally fell off the bone with the slightest of tugs.


The spotless kitchen showcased in floor to ceiling windows.


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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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