In Summary
  • The place was packed. It was a Sunday afternoon at 1pm, after all, and we couldn't even find seating.
  • The host arranged for chairs to the side, next to a small table, as we waited for something to open up. Which it did, luckily, quite soon.
  • Do you have feedback on this article? E-mail: lifeandstyle@ke.nationmedia.com.

So my friend is an adherent of Lent, and for this particular Lent season, she decided to give up meat and social media, two of literally my favourite things (this is the part where we break into song).

And so in consideration of her, and because of a standing order brunch date, we decided to (finally) check out Boho Eatery, widely touted by veggie loving vegans as the place for their stomachs to be seen and heard.

A mountain of salad. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

A mountain of salad. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

I was apprehensive, of course – I love vegetables as much as the next guy, which is honestly not too much, and I do enjoy a good salad, but I need a little bit of sausage on my plate ... Healthy eating is that nice guy who we all know we should date, but steak once a week is too fulfilling a regimen to really settle down from.

Spicy bean tacos.

Spicy bean tacos that were indeed, spicy. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

That being said, we made it to Boho Eatery with an efficient Google Maps directory – under normal circumstances, I'm not a fan of Google Maps, but I wasn't the one driving, so I didn't care. I tend to feel more lost with Google Maps, and so I do the Kenyan thing of relying on landmarks (the big green building? Pass it. No va.).

You're looking for Ngong House, which is where Boho Eatery is, and you pass a barrier that feels as if you are entering a residential area to get to it. The parking lot is a bit small and dusty, but that makes sense because it is quite a small establishment, and so the parking is enough for it.

Mushroom flowers. They sound weird, but taste so good...

Mushroom flowers. They sound weird, but taste so good... PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

I was not feeling as apprehensive as I had been the whole morning about eating only green things but then when we got to the entrance of the place, I felt a wave of confusion and disgust. There's a statue at the front, of a black man wearing traditional colonial uniform – you know, the beige khaki shirt and shorts that are directly reminiscent of Africa and supposed African explorers pre-independence.

I was really wondering what the point of that statue was, and why it is still there – at the entrance of a vegan eatery, no less. What purpose does it serve? What is it supposed to be reminding us of? That statue put a terrible taste in my mouth, and the mouths of the others with me. Nonetheless, we proceeded inside.

The statue at the entrance of Boho Eatery that left a bad taste in my mouth. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

The statue at the entrance of Boho Eatery that left a bad taste in my mouth. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

Page 1 of 2