In Summary
  • Roco Mamas has that type of menu that you create your own meal from by checking the boxes next to it.
  • It had colourful interiors and it seemed to be pretty popular, even in the middle of the night.
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I'm officially overwhelmed by Village Market. I know how this sounds, but I think I'm too used to small things, and Village Market is going BIG.

They have a number of proud billboards across Nairobi talking about 42 restaurants under one roof. Forty-two? Am I the only one struggling in this economy? Who are the people going to 42 restaurants, enough for them to actually stay open?

Roco Mamas.

Beautiful lanterns and interior at Roco Mamas. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

I digress. I went to check out the new wing at Village Market to see what all these 42 restaurants looked like. I think I only saw maybe 10 of them, the ones in the circle around Roco Mamas, the oyster place...see I can't even remember their names, there were so many options. Like an American menu. Which I think is the goal – Village Market is trying, with its continuous expansions and shininess, to resemble the mall complexes that people fly out to see. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? I guess the proof will be in the pudding.

The menu at Roco Mamas.

The menu at Roco Mamas. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

CREATE YOUR OWN MEAL

The pudding I decided to try was Roco Mamas, actually, the only name I remember and I've heard rave reviews about. To be fair, it was pretty late and not many other places were open anyway.

We sat down and a friendly waiter came to ask us if it was our first time here, so he could explain the menu to us. They have that type of menu that you create your own meal from by checking the boxes next to it – what kind of burger you want, what size patty, what additions, etc. I haven't yet figured out whether that is annoying or cool, ha, but for a first time visit, it's pretty cool.

Roco Mamas.

Roco Mamas stunning interior. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

Then I started thinking about how much paper they have to print out every day for a gimmick, and I felt bad for their profit margins, ha! That being said, I love the colourful interiors, and it seemed to be pretty popular, even in the middle of the night.

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