Poolside at the Hilton for an inspiring meal in the CBD

Hilton Nairobi photographed by Susan WongStaring up into the reflective windows that line towering concrete buildings, including the iconic Hilton Nairobi tower that has been part of the Nairobi skyline since 1969, a trip down memory lane is inevitable as the hotel can be viewed as literally the apex of the transformation of the city from a belching city center to a glistening business center.


A meal at Hilton’s Pool Restaurant offers one of the most unique views of Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD), one that will surely make you feel small and minuscule compared to the concrete jungle of surrounding high rise buildings.  With that kind of view, it’s impossible not to feel inspired, resilient and even boost your ego up a few notches, just in time for that afternoon business meeting you were worried about.


The Pool Restaurant is worlds away from the cold buildings that tower over the pool.  In a striking contrast, the restaurant is enveloped in lush greenery where gusts of wind may just warrant a Maasai Shuka during the colder months.  The wooden bar stools seem inviting and the large outdoor grill teases meat lovers.


The poolside menu, newly changed since the beginning of May, focuses on healthy options.  With healthy juices named “Stamina,” “Cooler” and “Relaxer,” if you’re a healthy juicer, stopping by the restaurant any time of the day would be perfect for an impromptu vitamin booster.


Not feeling very adventurous?  Considered as Hilton classics, the Club Sandwich, Burger and Caesar Salad are all staples that are consistently executed no matter which Hilton establishment you’re visiting.


Capital Lifestyle Magazine sampled the Nanyuki Beef Burger, where the meat is from a special farm in the town it’s named after.  With options to top up the burger with a fried egg, cheese and bacon strips, this burger is not for the calorie-counter.  The meat-to-bread ratio was just right – we all know how annoying it is to swallow mouthfuls of bread without any of the juicy meat patty – and the meat patty was cooked perfectly until medium, with all its beef juices intact.


Another option worth mentioning is the light Grilled Snapper Papaya Salad.  The greens were so fresh and crunchy, fully hydrated, and the distinctive bite from the watercress added a refreshing element of surprise.  Simply dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, this salad is the perfect example of simplicity at its flavourful best.


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/poolrestaurant



Pumpkin Soup: A bit heavy on the ginger and salt, but always a great comfort option.

Grilled Snapper Papaya Salad

Grilled Chicken:  The skin was grilled until golden yellow and salted just enough to get your tastebuds to salivate.  The gravy added to the basic dish.  Simple but juicy and delicious.

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