#SusanEats: Pango Gourmet Brasserie

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Pango at Fairview Hotel Nairobi Kenya photographed by Susan Wong 2012

Nestled in the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw outside of the chaotic rush hour zone of the Central Business District, heading to one of Nairobi’s famed fine dining eateries, Pango Gourmet Brasserie, on any given evening is a breeze, allowing for plentiful time to explore its underground Wine Bar and indulge in delicious culinary creations by Chef Eamon Mullon and his team.

Winner of the MasterCard Award for Restaurant of the Year at Taste Awards 2011, Pango continues to uphold to their title, ensuring that every guest’s dining experience is second to none.  If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, or you’re simply a diehard foodie, where when it comes to food, you have a “spare-no-expense” kind of approach – then a visit to Pango is a must.

Pango at Fairview Hotel, Nairobi Kenya photographed by Susan Wong 2012

From the initial greeting by the concierge to the Pango staff that leads you to your table, you won’t simply feel welcomed, you will feel embraced.  The staff’s attention to detail was unanimous, unlike other dining venues where only one or two employees go above and beyond, and the rest unfortunately seem to not be bothered.  Graceful, attentive and neat – even the pickiest of service buffs will find it difficult to dig their nails in this one.    A great dining experience isn’t only about the execution of the food, which in Pango’s case unsurprisingly was impressive, but an amazing experience ultimately begins from the very moment a guest walks through the door.

Pango’s menu is rustic contemporary, which echoes the country ambiance of the city hotel, and sophisticated at the same time.  The options are inventive and incredibly gratifying.  With options like Cocktail of King Prawns and Avocado on Mango Ice with Tangy Dressing, and Foie Gras with Coffee and Beignets “to commence” your meal, be prepared for a flavourful culinary journey that will keep your taste buds entertained for at least three courses.

For an even more dynamic experience, try one of Pango’s flambée options cooked at your table.  As dramatic as it looks, the “flaming” of the dishes definitely ensures that even the flavours are just as dramatic.

For the vegetarians, don’t worry, you haven’t been forgotten.  Equally as imaginative as the rest of the menu, even if you’re not a vegetarian, you may just opt for a greener meal with interesting options like Sauteed Tofu with a Vegetable Parmesan Cake served on a Spicy Cherry Glaze, and Tobasco and Mozzarella Lasagna with Aubergines and Fontina Cheese.

According to Eat Out, at Pango, the average cost is about Sh 2,600 per person.  Not exactly the friendliest on your wallet, but Capital Lifestyle can definitely say it was well worth it.

Pango, the Restaurant of the Year 2011, is definitely a fine dining venue where foodies aspire to eat at, and where other Nairobi eateries hope to learn from.

 

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/pango

 

Pango at Fairview Hotel, Nairobi Kenya photographed by Susan Wong 2012

Rolled Loin of Tuna with a Miso Sesame Crust complimented with Three Pepper Coulis

Pango at Fairview Hotel, Nairobi Kenya photographed by Susan Wong 2012

Cauliflower and Truffle Soup

Pango at Fairview Hotel, Nairobi Kenya photographed by Susan Wong 2012

Spicy Sugarcane Smoked Duck: Smoky Black Skillet Seared Breast and Confit of Leg over Cracked Pecans Scorched African Citrus, Molasses and warm Foie Gras Ganache

Pango at Fairview Hotel, Nairobi Kenya photographed by Susan Wong 2012

Seared Salmon Trout on Wilted Star Anis Spinach with a Seaweed Sauce & an Oyster  Smoothie

Pango at Fairview Hotel Nairobi Kenya photographed by Susan Wong 2012

Cheese Soufflé

Pango at Fairview Hotel Nairobi Kenya photographed by Susan Wong 2012

Creole Bread Pudding Soufflé: A rich New Orleans Bread Pudding spun into a light Creole Soufflé Finished tableside with warm Whiskey Cream

Pango at Fairview Hotel Nairobi Kenya photographed by Susan Wong 2012

Vanilla Pod Creme Brulee served with Cinnamon Ice Cream

 

 

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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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