Have you noticed that Asian Cuisines are growing increasingly popular all over the world, not only due in part to the rapid growth in Asian markets, but also to rising interest in bold, spicy flavors and exciting new food service experiences? In a matter of not only 10 years, this region’s culinary delights have gone from being considered a niche cuisine to one of the fastest growing food staples not only in the region but around the world and Nairobi has not been left behind.
The Nairobi Serena Hotel has added a new leaf to its stable- Herbs & Spices, (or simply known as H&S), a new Pan Asian Restaurant that is promising to bring a taste of Asia to the heart of the city. It is promising to redefine the scene of Pan-Asian restaurants in Kenya.
When you walk in, you can’t but help notice the overall design scheme which is contemporary yet simplistic with the interiors featuring natural color palettes and rustic wooden finish while the furniture is functional and comfortable to create a cozy feel. A properly chosen decor truly can help an establishment to attract more customers to your business and influence their appetite. The color shades are welcoming and makes one want to spend more time at this restaurant. With 68 covers, the restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating options; the outdoor seating has a retractable canopy to shelter diners in case of harsh weather condition.
The centerpiece of the restaurant features a mural wall composition of sundry herbs and spices reminiscent of various Asia subcontinents of origin. It subconsciously reminds you that Herbs and spices not only add flavor to your food, but they can help you stay healthy, too. For millennia, herbs and spices have been a key ingredient in Asian cuisine and its quite enticing to see the mural wall with this in the picture.
Asia is home to a vast number of cultures, each with their own spectacular cuisine. And almost all these cultures have found their way to H and S, where they’ve perfected the art of dining out. The objective of the restaurant is to provide their guests authentic, hygienic and quality culinary journey through Asia. Distinct cooking techniques and ingredients are used to bring out the rich flavors of the dishes with specialty ingredients in a soothing environment with ultra-modern ambience, whether you opt to sit indoors or outdoors. Key to note the menu is extremely detailed for you to be able to order just what you want. The staff is courteous and will help you choose the dishes based on your preferences.
One of the greatest pleasures of Asian food is the extensive variety of cuisines that exist within it. Be it Japanese, Malaysian or Thai. The menu at H and S has been skillfully curated by Chef de Cuisine, Chef Wayan based in Islamabad Serena Hotel, Wild Rice, Pan-Asian Restaurant working closely with Chef Jackson to see to its implementation. The fusion of Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean dishes are featured on the menu and included traditional composition of flavors. The dishes tantalize your taste buds. You don’t have to be necessarily in Asia to taste fantastic Asian food.
This stylish eatery offers a diverse menu with a mix of traditional and contemporary Asian dishes. Whether it’s authentic Thai curries, adventurous black bean grilled lobster, killer sushi or exciting lemongrass marinated grilled prawns, H and S offering of Asian cuisine is something to be celebrated. This is your ideal spot where to go for your next Asian feast, from the Asian garlic Tofu on the menu, to the grilled sliced pork loin, to the Thai spicy sour mixed prawn and Chinese style fish fillet cooked with pineapple, bell pepper and tomatoes in sweet sour sauce.
The restaurant has mind blowing cocktails that go beautifully with the food, all available at the H&S bar strategically poised at the terrace of the restaurant. The craft of pairing food with gin, dubbed ‘ginstronomy’, is gaining in popularity as gastronomes explore matching the complex botanicals of the juniper-based spirit with some of their favorite foods. You will be spoilt for choice at H and S with their array of gin selection including the Japanese Whiskies Craft Gin.
As one Virginia Woolf said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” H&S will be leaving you delightfully satisfied.