Fodor's Expert Review Tamambo Karen Blixen

$$$$ Nairobi Seafood

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

Hands-down the finest seafood restaurant in town, Tamarind is famous for its deep-fried crab claws, ginger crab, and piri piri (spicy, buttery prawns grilled over charcoal). Everything is flown up daily from the coast, including the Malindi sole and the Kilifi oysters, tiny but very flavorful and served either raw or as classic oysters Rockefeller. Try the delicious kokonda, based on a famous dish from Fiji—raw fish and shrimp are marinated in lime juice, coconut cream, fennel, mustard seed, and local chili peppers.

The restaurant is in the lovely Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, not far from the Karen Blixen Museum in Karen.

Seafood Sophisticated Dinner $$$$ Family Romantic Service

Quick Facts

Karen Rd.
Nairobi, Nairobi Area  00200, Kenya


Known For:
  • Seafood
  • Outside garden tables
  • Refined atmosphere
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Reservations essential, Daily 5:30–10:30

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