In Summary
  • Fonda is beautiful in the day time, truly.
  • There's a nice view on the terrace, and they have bright décor that looks even better when bathed in sunlight.
  • The value for money with a Fonda margarita is immediately evident.
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I finally went to Fonda during the day. The last time I visited, I was there for my birthday, and it was all smoky and romantic and celebratory, so I wanted to see if it looked as good in the daytime as it did that night.

It does. And I'm kind of scared that by talking it up as much as I do, more and more people will discover it, but that's a price I'm willing to pay to chalk it up to my kind deed of the year. The year is ending, after all. Any minute now everyone is going to start tallying how much they did and where they did it, and how often, and how much that needs to change this year, and what they're going to do to lose weight, etc., etc.

The sunlit goodness downstairs at Fonda.

The sunlit goodness downstairs at Fonda restaurant in Nairobi. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

If you are planning to lose weight next year and you're looking to have a last hurrah with your favourite carbs, then Fonda is the place to do it – they have a new menu, and specials almost every day of the week. How did I find this out? By going on a Wednesday – which happens to have a Happy Hour for margaritas all day (or rather 15% off – same thing), and one for mojitos as well.

At my birthday, my party sat upstairs, so that we wouldn't make too much noise for the guests dining downstairs. However, now, on a loose Wednesday, I got to experience the downstairs seating area like everyone else, in the day time, no less, which I've never actually been fortunate enough to do.

Our table set-up.

Our table set-up. So simple, and yet it makes you feel so fancy. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

VALUE

Fonda is beautiful in the day time, truly. There's a nice view on the terrace, if you're like me and like to look at cars whizzing by towards Parklands traffic (ha!). They have bright décor that looks even better when bathed in sunlight; and even though the restaurant is Mexican themed, they still hang art on the walls that is definitively Kenyan – case in point, the painting for sale of Mzee Ojwang', arguably one of Kenya's most famous actors, taking a place of pride in front of one back wall.

The back wall with the Mzee Ojwang' painting for sale at Fonda.

The back wall with the Mzee Ojwang's painting for sale at Fonda, Nairobi. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

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