Nairobi Restaurant Week: Sikia Fine Dining at the Crowne Plaza Hotel

As promised a review of the restaurant I managed to visit during the Nairobi Restaurant Week.

To say I was excited about the inaugural restaurant week in Nairobi would be an understatement. I ensured that I told anyone who cared to listen about it. Since, I found out about it a bit too late, I could only manage to visit two restaurants. However, I plan on starting a NRW kitty for 2015, ha! *it’s never that serious, right?*

Anyway, to the review, Diana (my friend and colleague) and I decided to have lunch at Sikia Fine Dining at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The choice of hotel was obvious since our office is located in the opposite building.

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On arrival the maitre d’ gave us such a warm welcome and she took us to our table. The restaurant has a very warm atmosphere and on entry you even forget you are in the middle of Upperhill.

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DSCN5421For the starters,

Diana had the hummus with feta and olive. The description on the menu was given as, creamy pureed chick peas with red bell pepper mixed with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and toasted sesame seeds served with pita bread, marinated feta cheese and olives.

yummy!
yummy!

Well none, of us had ever tried hummus before and we can confidently say that it was yummy. It had a fine texture and it sort of melted in one’s mouth. The pita bread went very well with the hummus.

I had the caprese insalata, I know, strange names 🙂 It was described as layered slices of mozzarella cheese with tomatoes, selected organic greens set on a beetroot carpaccio dressed with balsamic oil.

colourful, exactly how I like my food.
colourful, exactly how I like my food.

I love beetroots and I also love cheese, however, I have never thought of having them together, for sure it was different but good different.

Entrees,

Diana had the Stuffed chicken breast – oven roasted free range double breast chicken with garlic herb cheese and served with lemon butter.

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The presentation alone is enough to get your taste buds enticed. The chicken was well spiced, the glaze on the surface was delicious. The veggies were cooked to the right texture and the potatoes, oh my word, crunchy and utterly delicious, yeah I need to up my food vocabulary.

I had the Surf and Turf which was grilled jumbo prawns with lemon herbs, butter and beef fillet mignon on tomato salsa and pepperoni sauce.

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The portions may look a bit ridiculous but after having the starter the serving is just perfect. The fillet mignon was tender and tasty. I had only had prawns twice before and on both occasions it had been deep fried and coated – golden prawns – so i was rather anxious of the taste of the grilled kind. Lucky for me, the prawns were delicious, fresh and well cooked.

Desserts,

Nothing fancy here since we were picking from their dessert platter. One thing though, the advantage of picking from a dessert platter is that you could pick more than one item, whoopie!!

Here is Diana’s choice, some fruit salad, variety of tartlets and strawberry cake.

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I had almost the same as hers with the addition of a chocolate eclair.

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The highlight of my dessert was the chocolate eclair. Crunchy and chocolatey on the outside and soft and full of creamy goodness on the inside. Yum!

Overall the food was great, on a scale of one to five I’d give it a 4.

As for the service, I have to say it was the best, definitely giving it a 5.

The ambiance was great. Perfect for a romantic date.

I didn’t visit the washrooms, so I can’t comment on that.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone else.

Quite a wonderful experience and I  would visit it again and again 🙂

 

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With the holidays upon us, I know I'll be throwing dinner parties be it for my family or for friends.

Let's unbox these items that I intend to use this festive season.

Cookware : Pyrex
Tableware: @luminarc_kenya 

38*27cm 4L pyrex oval roaster 1600/
Pyrex rectangle casserole 3000/
Fleurs de bach 46piece Luminarc set 12,000

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With the holidays upon us, I know I'll be throwing dinner parties be it for my family or for friends. Let's unbox these items that I intend to use this festive season. Cookware : Pyrex Tableware: @luminarc_kenya 38*27cm 4L pyrex oval roaster 1600/ Pyrex rectangle casserole 3000/ Fleurs de bach 46piece Luminarc set 12,000 #AD
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I was gifted some salmon by @ibrahims_butchery and I made it for dinner.
They currently have an offer on salmon. 

It's my first time making salmon, yep! 

It's a play on garlic butter salmon though I used olive oil instead since I didn't have butter.

Absolutely delicious.

I served with lyonnaise potatoes (recipe on my feed) and some garlicky french beans (recipe in my cookbook)
I was gifted some salmon by @ibrahims_butchery and I made it for dinner.
They currently have an offer on salmon. 

It's my first time making salmon, yep! 

It's a play on garlic butter salmon though I used olive oil instead since I didn't have butter.

Absolutely delicious.

I served with lyonnaise potatoes (recipe on my feed) and some garlicky french beans (recipe in my cookbook)
I was gifted some salmon by @ibrahims_butchery and I made it for dinner. They currently have an offer on salmon. It's my first time making salmon, yep! It's a play on garlic butter salmon though I used olive oil instead since I didn't have butter. Absolutely delicious. I served with lyonnaise potatoes (recipe on my feed) and some garlicky french beans (recipe in my cookbook)
5 days ago
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Leftover meat sauce, how about a sandwich?

Delicious!
Leftover meat sauce, how about a sandwich? Delicious!
1 week ago
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Blueberry Filling.

Perfect for cakes, pies, topping on pancakes , ice cream, served with yoghurt etc.

What are you using this filling for?

This can also work with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries....

Glass bowl @luminarc_kenya 
Jars from @bonappetitkenya 

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Blueberry Filling. Perfect for cakes, pies, topping on pancakes , ice cream, served with yoghurt etc. What are you using this filling for? This can also work with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries.... Glass bowl @luminarc_kenya Jars from @bonappetitkenya #ad
1 week ago
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Reason 1564 you need a Dutch oven.
No knead artisan bread.

Made this for the first time today, process in my stories. I loved the outcome, I'm making another one.

The Dutch oven I used is a beautiful teal colour. It's 26cm. It's by @bonappetitkenya

#AD
Reason 1564 you need a Dutch oven.
No knead artisan bread.

Made this for the first time today, process in my stories. I loved the outcome, I'm making another one.

The Dutch oven I used is a beautiful teal colour. It's 26cm. It's by @bonappetitkenya

#AD
Reason 1564 you need a Dutch oven.
No knead artisan bread.

Made this for the first time today, process in my stories. I loved the outcome, I'm making another one.

The Dutch oven I used is a beautiful teal colour. It's 26cm. It's by @bonappetitkenya

#AD
Reason 1564 you need a Dutch oven.
No knead artisan bread.

Made this for the first time today, process in my stories. I loved the outcome, I'm making another one.

The Dutch oven I used is a beautiful teal colour. It's 26cm. It's by @bonappetitkenya

#AD
Reason 1564 you need a Dutch oven. No knead artisan bread. Made this for the first time today, process in my stories. I loved the outcome, I'm making another one. The Dutch oven I used is a beautiful teal colour. It's 26cm. It's by @bonappetitkenya #AD
3 weeks ago
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What could you eat every day without getting bored?

Me, eggs.

Made some sunny side up eggs with some kienyeji eggs courtesy of my mother's chickens. Thanks Mum.

Served with lyonnaise potatoes (recipe on my feed), arugula and avocado. 

Delicious.
What could you eat every day without getting bored?

Me, eggs.

Made some sunny side up eggs with some kienyeji eggs courtesy of my mother's chickens. Thanks Mum.

Served with lyonnaise potatoes (recipe on my feed), arugula and avocado. 

Delicious.
What could you eat every day without getting bored?

Me, eggs.

Made some sunny side up eggs with some kienyeji eggs courtesy of my mother's chickens. Thanks Mum.

Served with lyonnaise potatoes (recipe on my feed), arugula and avocado. 

Delicious.
What could you eat every day without getting bored? Me, eggs. Made some sunny side up eggs with some kienyeji eggs courtesy of my mother's chickens. Thanks Mum. Served with lyonnaise potatoes (recipe on my feed), arugula and avocado. Delicious.
3 weeks ago
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It's been one year since the launch of my debut book, The Little Veggie Cookbook.

It's been amazing to see your support. From buying the book to trying the recipes to even making some of the meals a family staple, yeah I see you lovers of mujaddara.

To celebrate this occasion, there will be a week long sale starting today. The book will be 15% off thus 1700/ for the hardcopy and 850/ for the ebook.
Use coupon code VEGGIEVEMBER on check out to access the discount.
Happy shopping.

Order via https://leotunapika.com/shop/
It's been one year since the launch of my debut book, The Little Veggie Cookbook.

It's been amazing to see your support. From buying the book to trying the recipes to even making some of the meals a family staple, yeah I see you lovers of mujaddara.

To celebrate this occasion, there will be a week long sale starting today. The book will be 15% off thus 1700/ for the hardcopy and 850/ for the ebook.
Use coupon code VEGGIEVEMBER on check out to access the discount.
Happy shopping.

Order via https://leotunapika.com/shop/
It's been one year since the launch of my debut book, The Little Veggie Cookbook.

It's been amazing to see your support. From buying the book to trying the recipes to even making some of the meals a family staple, yeah I see you lovers of mujaddara.

To celebrate this occasion, there will be a week long sale starting today. The book will be 15% off thus 1700/ for the hardcopy and 850/ for the ebook.
Use coupon code VEGGIEVEMBER on check out to access the discount.
Happy shopping.

Order via https://leotunapika.com/shop/
It's been one year since the launch of my debut book, The Little Veggie Cookbook. It's been amazing to see your support. From buying the book to trying the recipes to even making some of the meals a family staple, yeah I see you lovers of mujaddara. To celebrate this occasion, there will be a week long sale starting today. The book will be 15% off thus 1700/ for the hardcopy and 850/ for the ebook. Use coupon code VEGGIEVEMBER on check out to access the discount. Happy shopping. Order via https://leotunapika.com/shop/
4 weeks ago
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4 weeks ago
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When you have all the ingredients on hand, magic ensues.

This is my take on an elevated hot dog.

Used cheese krainers from @taliofoodco , brown samoons from @carrefourkenya 
I also cooked some onions, they weren't fully caramelised as I didn't want to spend so much time in the kitchen.

For avocado, I smashed it with the back of a spoon. I didn't add any salt as the cheese krainer is sufficient.
Then some arugula.

The mustard is totally optional.

Since the krainer is cheesy, when you bit into it you get some cheesy goodness which is such a pleasant surprise.

What are you adding in your elevated hot dog?
When you have all the ingredients on hand, magic ensues. This is my take on an elevated hot dog. Used cheese krainers from @taliofoodco , brown samoons from @carrefourkenya I also cooked some onions, they weren't fully caramelised as I didn't want to spend so much time in the kitchen. For avocado, I smashed it with the back of a spoon. I didn't add any salt as the cheese krainer is sufficient. Then some arugula. The mustard is totally optional. Since the krainer is cheesy, when you bit into it you get some cheesy goodness which is such a pleasant surprise. What are you adding in your elevated hot dog?
4 weeks ago
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