Food Lovers, this is for you.
I was having coffee one evening with a friend at Ole Sereni Hotel when this Canadian gentleman approached us as we were discussing food. He was new to the city and wanted some guidance. Being the ‘nice’ girls we are, he requested for our company, to which we agreed and the idea for Sunday Brunch was born.
Ole Sereni is a five star hotel located along Mombasa Road, Nairobi. This hotel overlooks the Nairobi National Park and offers a serene view especially in the evening with the sunset. One can spot the wild animals like giraffes and zebras grazing on a good day. To access it, one takes the exit right next to Eka Hotel or Next Gen Mall after the Southern Bypass. The wonderful security guards will guide you towards the Eagle Restaurant or Big Five Restaurant. I have been to the hotel for lunch and dinner, but never brunch.
My breakfast usually consists of a mix of baked granola, choice fruits and yogurt but this time round I decided to try something different -pastries. I had sweet chamomile tea from Kericho Gold – one of my favourite from the infusion collection. I chose to down the tea with chocolate drizzled croissants and some butter on the side plus nutella and waffles because who doesn’t love pancakes with abs?
One of my companions went with waffles, vanilla cupcakes which were delicious according to her, I never tasted them. She being a coffee lover, latte came without saying and some freshly squeezed passion juice to clean the palette.
Lunch came with zero disappointments. There was this particular station that had all these condiments one could choose to go with their pasta or meats. I loved these clay pots together with the ceramic ones.
Look at the arrangement of the pots and dishes
A variety of sauces to choose from. They had these Masaai lesos on all the tables and serving stations which gave the dining room this African feeling- a very authentic Kenyan theme. The waiters and waitresses were also adorned in ankara outfits made with different coloured fabrics and patterns to match the theme. I was really impressed with that.
The pasta station had a variety of them to choose from – spaghetti, penne, fettucini, farfalle, rotini, fusili (which I chose) among others. I went with creamy bacon loaded pasta with guacamole, salsa and capsicum on the side.
A serving of Kuku Kienyeji because the African in me loves indigenous chicken cooked the traditional way. You can see its a full meal by itself with the potatoes, yams, carrots, spinach, pumpkin, green peas and tomatoes. We call it ‘mashakura’ on this side of the world, although some may argue that it’s too light.
To be honest, I don’t remember what this gentleman was having but his plate looked like this. All I remember him saying about his plate was he liked vegetables. I know the juice was orange though 😉
Now to the meat. There was a guy grilling some marinated mbuzi (goat meat) and I told him to pile it on. Next was shawarma chicken that had some lovely aroma and lemon pepper steak. The photo does not represent the deliciousness laden on this platter.
I will try to capture better images next time.
Head on over there and have yourself a fun-filled brunch. Have fun and tell me what you’re eating.