Great meals have a way of bringing family and friends together in a way that is special and memorable. It is simply one of life’s most precious moments that will forever be engraved on your mind. A delicious meal makes you happy and fixes your mood. As Luciano Pavarotti once said, “one of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”
A visit to the Brasserie at Hemingways Nairobi simply takes your breath away no matter what day of the week it is. From the dining terrace overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills when you walk in, to the sight and sounds of the water flowing from the large fountain feature against the backdrop of the beautiful adorned landscaped lawns, Hemingways Nairobi Brasserie offers you a pleasant ambiance and iconic instagramable views that elevates your dining experience. On the painted canary yellow walls of The Brasserie restaurant are quotes from world renowned leaders like Nelson Mandela — ‘I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.’
When you walk into a restaurant, you want sincerity and good vibes all around; you want to meet people that are happy to usher you in and excited to receive you and most importantly, at your service throughout your duration/ stay. The Brasserie is filled with a delightful mood coupled with cheerful, elated, and friendly staff from the concierge to the waiting staff and not forgetting the chef who happily engages with guests on their food experience. Really, everyone who works here appears to be extremely into it. If it is your lucky day, you might bump into none other than the ever gracious, and dapper Hemingways Nairobi, General Manager Richard Kimenyi, a distinguished gentleman with over 30 years’ experience drawn from the luxury hospitality industry. RK, as he is fondly known, believes that when you are a guest at a fine dining restaurant, you are seeking high standards of personalized hospitality and a wholesome experience in everything, and that ladies and gentlemen, is what you get at the Hemingways Nairobi Brasserie.
Archie, the Executive Chef, has created this culinary haven that will excite your senses, pique your curiosity and tickle your palate to want to almost immediately sample the meals from the moment you see the names on the menu board. On Sundays, instead of the buffet menu which was a tradition before the ‘new normal era’, The Brasserie has introduced a Sunday Jazz brunch 5 course meal tasting menu or what the French call, a menu degustation, a gastronomic journey through a host of plates, a phenomenon gaining popularity around the world. The brunch tasting menu dishes are refreshed on a weekly basis to give clients a new experience every time they dine here, this according to Tuvei Wilberforce, the Food and Beverage Manager at Hemingways Nairobi.
Each meal is impeccably presented and intricately assembled and flows seamlessly to the next. From the Slow roasted Butternut Squash soup Chantilly cream to the Four spice seared Atlantic salmon fillet ‘A la Plancha’ on sautéed potatoes, asparagus, and mushrooms, Nantua sauce and/ or the Braised Lamb Shank Served on sweet Potato and garden Pea mash, red wine Lamb glaze.
The artistic arrangements engage all your senses and delivers a very pleasant meal. Chef Archie and his team pay attention to the provenance of ingredients, where possibly, sourcing locally and supporting producers of high-quality ingredients for use in their menu. “The concept behind the Brasserie menu is inspired by our ability to understand clientele preferences and thus tailor the menus to suit this market,” adds Mr Tuvei. (When in doubt, always ask the knowledgeable waiting staff, who will be more than happy to recommend any meal for you).
At this point, I must add that they have put in place all the necessary measures in complying with the Govt structure of new normal Covid 19 guidelines. Your temperature will be checked at the main gate and the main lobby entrance upon which you will either wash your hands with water and soap or sanitize. Everybody will have to wear masks covering over their mouth and nose except while dining.
The food is delivered all covered up, and only revealed once it is placed in front of you (new measures being taken in the new normal times. This is to ensure no food is contaminated from the moment the food leaves the kitchen to the time it reaches your table). As for the menu, you can either simply scan and download the menu on your phone or opt to get a menu board, a new concept introduced.
There is nothing quite like having a gracious and good-humored conversation over a delicious meal at a quintessential establishment with your loved ones. In the words of the General Manager Richard Kimenyi, “dining at Hemingways Nairobi Brasserie is a delightful beautiful plating experience.”