In Summary
  • I was not excited when my friend suggested we take tea so my anticipation was towards the pie and indulging in the view from the window.
  • A burst of warm rich flavour filled my mouth and I turned to my friend in awe, "What tea have I been taking, Mo?"
  • I took another sip and felt the rich creaminess of the beverage warm my insides; I knew that instant that my relationship with tea had been redeemed.

Nothing beats an eatery with great ambience and delicious food that is pocket friendly.

Now imagine such a joint being right in the middle of Nairobi's CBD. Yes, you heard that right, at the very heart of the city-- convenience, intimate comfort and tasty meals all wrapped into one.

That was my experience when a friend dragged me to Views Coffee house.

Inside the coffee house is spacious with great ambience

Inside the coffee house is spacious with great ambience. PHOTO| MARION MAINA


Located on the 13th floor of Bihi towers along Moi avenue, the café is a wonderful getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life downstairs. You could sneak up there, grab a bite and be back at your desk in no time.

As we settled in the wicker seats, my eyes combed through the room before resting on the large windows that gave a breath-taking view of city buildings. Most of the seats were set for two which gave it a comfortable and intimate feel. I slid out of my seat and motioned my friend to join me on the seats next to the windows. How could we come to Views and not watch the view?

A view of the city.

A view of the city. PHOTO| MARION MAINA

A pleasant waitress brought us the menu promptly and said she would be back to get our orders. I always appreciate it when waiters do that you know--when they give you time to debate on what you wish to eat without their towering presence pressuring you to place the order.

The warmly-lit counter area.

The warmly-lit counter area. PHOTO| MARION MAINA

I can be quite indecisive especially when eating at a new joint because I always want it to leave me with the perfect first impression. It probably has to do with being raised by a food caterer. I am my mother's longest serving employee as her official food taster.

My friend gave me a few seconds before she suggested we try the special teas; hazelnut tea and Nutella tea. "You are still off sugar right? Hazelnut tea is perfect," she added. She also suggested we order some chicken pies to go with the tea.

First of all, I have never been a fan of tea. In fact, more often than not I end up having milkshakes on coffee dates.

In all honesty, I was not excited when my friend suggested we take tea so my anticipation was towards the pie and indulging in the view from the window. But she had been here before and I decided to trust her taste.

PLEASANT SURPRISE

A few minutes later the teas came frothing in lovely tall glass cups. I want to think it's the cup...or maybe it's the streaks of the hazelnut in the tea but my reservations for the tea flew out of the window the moment the teas were set on the table.

My friend smiled discreetly and I knew that my eyes were dancing in their usual excitable manner at the sight of deliciousness. This was not what I expected when she said tea and I was pleasantly surprised.

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