In Summary
  • Capital Centre has recently witnessed the entry of three whole new food joints located where the old restaurants used to be.
  • Java and the food court are still on the ground floor, and Mister Wok is still on the first floor.
  • And if you count Naivas as a food joint, which you should because there's a lot of food in there, then that brings any shopper's total options to seven options, right?
  • Do you have feedback on this article? E-mail: lifeandstyle@ke.nationmedia.com

There's a food revolution going down on Mombasa Road – at Capital Centre, to be more specific.

There's been a bit of a drought on this road and its environs since Charlie's was knocked down – if we're being polite – and moved into town. I still haven't tried that place yet, though.

I hear it looks beautiful, but I always thought the finishing was a bit shoddy, and the cocktails were meh, and the food was...okay, I guess. It didn't inspire much in me, in terms of encouraging a return visit. But we have been saved, we hope, by Nairobi's ever-changing food landscape.

I love the decor at the bar seating area at Nyama Mama. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

I love the decor at the bar seating area at Nyama Mama. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

When one is thinking of where to do fine dining around Lang’ata Road, there's a distinct lack of options except for the obvious locals: Lazinos et al in Nairobi West, for example, for great nyama, or Pizza Inn and Co. across Carnivore. Of course, there is Carnivore itself, which I don't frequent as much, simply because, as I have stated before on this column, I'm not a big fan of their food any more, and I would rather go somewhere with more salads, if you know what I mean...

The Urban Gourmet Burger sign at the entrance.

The Urban Gourmet Burger sign at the entrance. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

MANY CHOICES

So Capital Centre has recently witnessed the entry of three whole new food joints located where the old restaurants used to be. Java and the food court are still on the ground floor, and Mister Wok is still on the first floor. And if you count Naivas as a food joint, which you should because there's a lot of food in there, then that brings any shopper's total options to seven options, right?

Nyama Mama and Artcaffe are the newest introductions, with of course Nyama Mama having been around slightly longer. I've eaten quite a bit at Nyama Mama, and it has managed to remain consistent for me (even though I have to take into account that this is apparently, definitely, not the same for many other people).

This quote is a standard at Artcaffe branches. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

This quote is a standard at Artcaffe branches and loosely translates to "The bread fed us, the light illuminates us." PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

I recently visited their bar, to the side of the eating area, which I normally never do because I'm always trying to have their chapati quesadillas. But on this night, for some reason, I wandered over to the cute bar on the side. Nyama Mama, for me, always wins in terms of design, because the interior décor is executed so flawlessly. The bar is no different, with piles of old weathered-looking quaint suitcases lining the foot area, and moody tropical lighting.

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