As we celebrate World Food day, its hard to deny that we could all do with a little less meat both for the sake of our health and for the planet. More and more restaurants in Nairobi are now serving meat free dishes and offering impressive and diverse vegetarian and vegan menus.
If you are a meat free foodie living or just visiting Nairobi, then you’re in the right city. In no particular order we have prepared Capital Lifestyle’s guide to the best vegetarian restaurants in the city.
Please note that none of these restaurants are exclusively vegetarian, they just offer mouthwatering meat-less food.
Located at the Mall Westlands, Haandi has long been Nairobi’s most popular vegetarian restaurant since 1991 and for good reason. The restaurant serves authentic vegetarian Indian food to regular customers and this is a testament to how good the food is.
Here you will find fried and roasted masala papaddum, barbecue charred cottage cheese with peppers, onions and tomatoes, lentil and veggie mix kebabs with pickle relish, lentils with fresh tempering and punjabi’s favourite of cottage cheese and puree of spinach.
Honey and Dough
Located on the 7th floor of One Africa place, Honey and Dough is vegan and vegetarian heaven. The restaurant has created an extensive menu that proves that meat-free dining can be just as interesting and delicious as its carnivorous counterpart.
The restaurant serves a hearty vegan English breakfast with soy and mushroom sausages, baked beans, sauteed spinach, button mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and hash browns served with toast, fresh berry jam and almond butter.
The vegetarian and vegan menu includes everything from raw ravioli: Carrot and coconut ravioli filled with macadamia cheese served with marjoram pesto and balsamic black garlic reduction, traditional lentil and rice Honey and Dough special, Acai You; banana, acai, peanut butter, fresh fruit and granola.
All these dishes together with surroundings accented with marble counter tops, green plants and gold metal are undeniably Instagrammable. Eating well never looked so good!
This is definitely the place to head to if you’re on the hunt for authentic Lebanese vegetarian dining. Tucked away in Kitisuru, Hob House’s philosophy is simple “Don’t panic, its organic.”
The restaurant has a homey, green, soothing atmosphere and as for the food, expect traditional Lebanese dishes ideal for sharing like Zaatar and Feta cheese manoushe which dates back 5000 years and traditional Lebanese hummus babila.
Detoxifying tabbouleh salad with parsley, mint, tomato, cucumber, green onion and quinoa.
About Thyme located in Westlands area, off Peponi road offers a relaxed, tranquil environment with intimate sitting.
The restaurant serves modern vegetarian food and you can order pretty much anything from sesame halloumi bites, homemade vegetarian pumpkin pasta and their pan fried sweet corn fritters blended with herbs and spices served with ‘About Thyme chilli jam.
Their vegan menu is nothing short of delicious with our favourite Asian inspired dish being teriyaki tofu and aubergines garnished with sesame seeds and spring onions with coriander and lime, served with rice and stir fried chilli ginger.
About Thyme vegetarian and vegan menu changes seasonally so you might find different flavourful dishes at your next visit.
Bazaar by Khazana
If you want a taste and feel of India, book yourself a table at Bazaar by Khazana located at Warwick centre Gigiri. Every corner of this restaurant instagram ready and is the food served in little tuk tuks giving you the feeling that you’re somewhere in a bazaar in India
The menu includes everything vegetarian and vegan from cottage cheese fingers dipped in crunchy butter served with honey chilli sauce, vegan kebabs, chickpea curry with puffed crispy bread and lifestyle’s favorite; sham savera kofta; spinach and cottage cheese dumplings in a creamy tomato gravy served with lacha parantha.
Also located at Warwick centre Gigiri, this Asian inspired restaurant has a relaxing, serene environment with plants all around the restaurant keeping the interior airy.
Asian gardens serves veg tempura, breaded tofu with sweet soy and ginger sauce served with steamed rice, vegan turmeric sweet potato and chickpea curry and do not leave the restaurant without trying their vegetarian sushi.
It wouldn’t be a complete dining experience if you were not able to order any of your favourite dishes online and have them delivered to your door step. Jumia food has an array of vegetarian and vegan restaurants restaurants that will deliver all these mouth watering herbivorous indulgence to you.