In Summary
  • I didn’t need the menu, I already knew what I wanted.
  • My order took almost 15 minutes to arrive – yes, I was timing it.
  • I couldn’t finish the food as I was satisfied, and I was quite happy when I saw my bill.
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I was so hungry the other day and suddenly I had a craving for only one certain type of food. You know how when you crave something you just have to have it? And at whatever cost?

Well, here I was craving fish fingers and my favourite fish fingers joint was too far away, and the hunger pangs threatened to kill me, or, at the least, make me stop functioning.


Then I remembered a small restaurant a friend introduced me to many years ago – it was praised for having the best fish fingers in Nairobi. And I believe this is still its most famous dish. And for a while, back then, it was my go-to place for fish fingers and chips.

I couldn’t even remember the name, but at least I remembered the street it was located on. And that’s how I ended up at Greenview Restaurant on Tubman Road, Nairobi, not far from Jamia Mosque.

I did not need the menu; I already knew what I wanted. But I did have to ask for drinks and I settled on a vanilla milkshake and prayed to God it wouldn’t disappoint.

I went to Greenview at 1pm and though there were many people already, I found an empty table upstairs – that was a big change from when I was last there and we had to stand at corners waiting for people to finish their meals so we could get space to sit.

But, of course, this relief of finding an empty table was short-lived as the lunchtime crowd started streaming in. Three strangers joined me; I wasn’t expecting privacy anyway. It is one of those restaurants where you sit at whatever empty seat you get.

The three women had a hearty and very entertaining conversation, from which I gathered they were colleagues. Losing my privacy for some interesting entertainment was worth it.

My order took almost 15 minutes to arrive – yes, I was timing it because the last time I was there, an order took less than five minutes. I later learnt that there were also many takeaway orders downstairs, thus the delay.

Vanilla milkshake served at Greenview Restaurant, Nairobi.

Vanilla milkshake served at Greenview Restaurant, Nairobi. PHOTO | VALERIE KOGA

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