Looking for an area that has different restaurants that provide different dining experiences? Then Riverside is it. If the usual spots; Chicken Inn, KFC, Steers and Sanford don’t entice your taste buds, Riverside is a good place to visit and get away from the busy restaurant scenes in the Central Business District (CBD).
Not sure what to try out? Read this guide and remember that it is not an exhaustive list of the restaurants in Riverside but some of the top ones.
Secret Garden is tucked away in the quiet but busy office block on 14 Riverside Drive. It offers continental foods catering to the busy clientele in the area. It is a good place to hold meetings, thanks to its quiet and serene environment. Secret Garden overlooks a lush green lawn and has a beautiful interior courtyard and unique pictures on the wall.
The restaurant has a Mediterranean feel to it with a bespoke decor interior which makes it warm and inviting. One thing that stands out at Secret Garden is the wine display with wine from all over the world sold at an affordable price.
Palm Cafe Heri Heights
Serviced apartments have good restaurants that are open to the public and this is one of them. If you are looking to relax all day in an environment with a garden setting, Palm Cafe is the place to be. Rest and relax at the Poolside Restaurant in their solar-heated swimming pool and enjoy a chilled drink, snacks, and cocktails.
Palm Cafe also offers an area for the family to hang, with a kid’s playground area. It is open between 6.30 am and closes at 10 pm. For all those people who look for happy hour joints, it starts at 5 pm until 8 pm.
Pots and Palms
This place offers special African dishes, the perfect location to organize parties and enjoy a live band. Both tourists and locals frequent Pots and Palms to try their African cuisines.
Zing Lounge and Bar
Zing will give you the full dining experience. Zing has a gorgeous ambience both inside and outside. There is a terrace which comes to life at night, from the surrounding buildings. The chandeliers, modern sculptures and artwork in the Lounge all make Zing look beautiful. In the evening, Zing is filled with working-class people who want to enjoy a drink for the road as they wait for the traffic to ease up.
At the back of the lounge is Absolut Bar which serves a variety of cocktails all made with the brand, Absolut Vodka. If you have time on a Friday, visit Zing with your colleagues to enjoy an after office drink up plan.
Another restaurant located on Riverside Drive is Soko, which means “market” uses organic ingredients to offer tasty foods from around the world. These include pastries, tea, and coffee, bread, sandwiches, and jam. This venue is perfect for a romantic dinner for two or even a business breakfast or lunch meeting.
Soi means street in Thai. As the name suggests, this restaurant offers Thai street food with a modern twist to it. They serve food in small plates which makes it easy to share and pair with friends. You can either dine in the communal tables if you are a big crowd or sit at the enclosed area for a more intimate and private experience. They open daily from 12 pm to 11 pm.
The Rouge Deck
This place has a gorgeous setting with a pool which makes it perfect to relax and recharge. At night, the pool and trees turn red thanks to the lighting. Enjoy some poolside snacks during the day then a variety of tapas and cocktails at night. The pool is open from 6 am to 8 pm, snacks are served from 11 am to 6 pm. Get the tapas from Friday to Sunday between 7 pm and 10.30 pm.
Ordering a cup of coffee in Nairobi is quite easy. You can get a cup from any cafe or restaurant. But if you are a true coffee lover, you know well not to drink just any coffee. You need that pick-me-up feeling, then you should visit Connect Coffee. The barista will serve you an espresso and give you milk to add to your liking.
The Grove Restaurant
Located along Riverside Drive, You will find the Grove Restaurant at the Executive Residency by Best Western. These are fully furnished apartments for people looking for short-term stay. With a breath-taking view of the city, the restaurant is at the rooftop offering a variety of cuisines for every occasion, both local and international. To enjoy a selection of cocktails, wine and spirits, visit the Grove Bar.
Michael Galloyer was the mastermind behind opening this spectacular French bakery back in 1998. With over 30 branches around the world, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to enjoying tasty pastries from macaroons, traditional eclairs, savouries, bread, and French apple tarts.
Another restaurant in serviced apartments is Argenti located in Gem Suites along Riverside Drive. It is open to the public and offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant balcony overlooks the swimming pool with garden chairs woven with sisal. It makes the restaurant visually appealing. From the calm music that plays and proximity to the road, this restaurant is perfect to hold meetings in a calm and quiet environment.
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