RESTAURANT REVIEW: Tamambo

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Photo Credits: Susan Wong

May 16, 2011 – Located at The Mall in Westlands, Tamambo Bar & Grill’s lack of curb appeal absolutely does not do its food any justice.

Tamambo, a modern brasserie that incorporates African and worldly flavours, features an inviting bar, which is the ideal place to unwind while you wait for your friends to join you for dinner.

With a large seafood menu selection, Tamambo offers some of the freshest seafood in Nairobi with diverse culinary preparations.  Tamambo’s seafood is shipped-in on a daily basis, which guarantees the freshest selection for its diners.

Tamambo also offers a selection of Kenya’s prime highland steaks paired with your choice of six different sauces, and a lengthy selection of appetizers from wings to quail to oysters.

The Capital Lifestyle team’s favourite was definitely the Oysters Mambrui!

Perfect for a quick business lunch or a romantic dinner (live jazz Saturday evenings), Tamambo Bar & Grill is a great find!

 

Décor.  Earthy and warm colours welcome you and the wood accents ensure a relaxing homey environment.

Service.  Discreet and smooth.  The staff was very knowledgeable about the menu.

Things to look forward to.  Current Specials: free Dawa, beer, or wine with any main course meal & buy one cocktail and the second one is on the house. Private Dining Room that comfortably seats approximately 30 people. Up-to-date specials and news via social media (TWITTER: @TamamboKenya FACEBOOK: Tamambo)

Price. Generous portions and fairly priced.  A full plate of fresh oysters (Baked or raw) Ksh 960

Book online at Eat Out Kenya and save now!  Check it out now!

http://www.eatout.co.ke/tamambo

 

Food.

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The Seafood Starter Sampler was a good mix of cold and hot selection of house seafood specialties including calamari, sashimi, oysters Mambrui, and prawns piri piri.  The oysters Mambrui were so delicious that the Capital Lifestyle team had to order an extra plate!

The “sashimi” was rather a fish carpaccio than raw fish.  The thinly sliced fish was almost completely cured from the acidity of the lime juice. 

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A favourite amongst regulars, the Crispy Fried Prawns were absolutely delicious!  The fresh and natural sweetness of Queen prawns were encapsulated in a lightly salted batter.

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The handful of oysters Mambrui served in the sampler was just not enough!  At Ksh 960 for a full platter of Kenya’s finest oysters’ gratinated with coconut, soy sauce, lime, ginger and breadcrumbs – this is definitely a must!

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The Sirloin Steak was char-grilled to perfection and was one of the juiciest steaks I’ve had in a very long time.  I had asked for my steak to be medium-rare, and surprisingly, it was medium rare – neither bloody nor chewy.     

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Chicken Cobb Salad.  The grilled tomato wedges and crispy shell added a welcomed dimension of flavour and texture to an otherwise standard salad.

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The Norwegian Fresh Salmon was juicy and the lemon butter sauce was well balanced.  

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You will have to order the Molten Chocolate Cake 10-15 minutes in advance, so if you’re planning to try this serious rendition of chocolate cake, plan ahead.  The Capital Lifestyle team could smell the chocolate aromas as the waiter neared our table.  The cake was crunchy on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside.  The contrast in textures was an unexpected experience.

I would suggest the Molten Chocolate Cake to chocolate lovers only as this delicious dessert may be on the heavy side for others.

Book online at Eat Out Kenya and save now!  Check it out now!

http://www.eatout.co.ke/tamambo

 

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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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