Valentine’s Day is a special time every year when we gather around and celebrate Love in many ways but the one that stands out and everyone looks forward to, is dining out. It is almost an unwritten rule that you must be taken out/ take someone out for lunch or dinner on this day, if you are dating or married.
On February 14th, 2021, Hemingways Nairobi, a luxury five Star boutique hotel in Nairobi that prides itself in providing exceptional guest experiences and service, ensuring the utmost comfort and luxury, hosted a special Valentines’ Sunday Brunch Buffet that was simply unforgettable- delightful, scrumptious, and lavish.
The Brasserie’s 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 lawn, combined with excellent service and, the delightful brunch display was a feast for the eyes and tummy, a paradise on your plate, an unadulterated pleasure.
If we could brunch every day, we would do it in heartbeat, and you would find us at Hemingways, Karen. Amidst the soothing live music, we gorged on over 30 dishes catering to palates of all kinds, prepared by the Executive Chef, Archie and his team.
At Hemingways, you can always expect the best where the flavor inebriates you.
The cold appetizers corner had; SUSHI AND MAKI -Assorted Maki, Nigiri Sushi Wasabi, Pickled Ginger, Soy Sauce. SALMON PLATTER, – Gravlax Salmon, Salmon Mousse and Salmon Tataki Capers, Cornichons, Cocktail Onions, Horseradish, Lemon. MEZE SELECTION- Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Muhammara, Shirazi Salad (V) Marinated Artichokes, Olives, Feta Cheese (V)Pita Bread, CHARCUTERIE AND CHEESE- Black forest Ham, Italian Salami, Polony Melon, Selection of Kenyan Farmhouse Cheeses Pickles, Chutneys.
The salad bar had; Beetroot and Chia seed salad, American Cobb salad, Asian Noodle salad, Potato Egg salad with Peas, Cucumber and Tomato slices, assorted organic garden Lettuce and Assorted condiments, oil Infusions and dressings.
The soup station had Zanzibar fish soup and Chilled Beetroot and Apple soup.
The egg station had Eggs and Omelets prepared to order and Grilled Tomato, Pork Chipolatas, streaky Bacon.
The bread station had Freshly Baked from our In–House Bakery while the brown Belgian waffles and pan cakes had made to order Waffles or Pancakes with choice of topping: Assorted Berries, sweet Bananas, Traditional-maple syrup and Nutella.
Carved by the Chef table included Whole roast Prime Beef rib Eye with Horseradish sauce and Béarnaise Yorkshire pudding while from the Grill, they had Lobster tails, Baby Calamari, Harrisa Lamb Chops, Beef Boerwors with Seaweed Hollandaise, Chimichuri and Mint sauces
The active Mongolian corner had Calamari/Shrimps/Chicken/Beef, Sautéed with your choice vegetables (Bok Choy, Bean Sprouts, Peppers, Bamboo shoots, Mange tout, Carrots) and Noodles, White sauce or Masala sauce.
The star attraction meals comprised of the main courses as Pan-fried fillets of red, Snapper skin on “Pistou”, Creole Octopus Coconut Curry, Boneless Buttered Chicken Murgh Makani, Five spiced BBQ Chicken drum sticks, Seafood Paella, Steamed rice, Beef Lasagna, Vegetable Cottage pie, Tandoori Marinated Paneer skewers, Cheesy Mushroom Parcels, Steamed sweet potato and Arrow root, Buttered Nan and Roast vegetables.
The dessert station was every dessert lover’s haven. It had Spiced Pineapple upside down Cake, Cheese and red Velvet bites, Pink Champagne Jelly Vaccine, Salted Caramel Cup Cakes, Raspberry Cheesecake, Soft heart Chocolate Cake, Praline Chocolate Gateaux, Beetroot Swiss Roll, Vanilla Éclair, Chocolate, Strawberries, Exotic Fruit Tarts, Chocolate Fountain, Condiments and Seasonal Fruits.
The last food station had Bread & Butter Pudding and Sticky Date Pudding
Under the preparation and guidance of the ever gracious, and dapper General Manager Richard Kimenyi, a distinguished gentleman with over 30 years’ experience drawn from the luxury hospitality industry, it was the perfect Valentine’s day afternoon plan at Hemingways leaving you with the thought of, why wait ‘til dinner to celebrate your loved one when you can do it over Brunch?
Mr Kimenyi was on hand to receive each guest who walked into the hotel for brunch and was present through out to ensure everything ran smoothly. One of the biggest days of the year for many restaurants around the world, is Valentine’s Day (It is estimated that Americans spend an estimated 8 billion dollars (yes, billion) dining out on February 14th.).
Love is a beautiful, powerful four-letter word that every human being should experience in their lifetime. It comes in all shapes and sizes but most importantly, it’s seen in many moments of our lives and every February we get an entire day devoted to reminding those near and dear to our hearts of this four-letter word.
Brunch is always a plan at Hemingways Nairobi.