Mission to Kenya 2005

Thursday, January 20, 2005


This place was a huge hit for all but the 3-4 committed vegetarians in the crew. (TIP: Don't order the vegetarian pizza. What WAS that?) There is also a shop that sells T-shirts, aprons, etc just at the entrance and several nice shops around the side of the restaurant. The only down side for me was that I was too exhausted to eat. You don't want to make sudden moves at this place as a waiter may be coming o ver your shoulder with a hue sword holding a leg of . . . whagt? giraffe? lamb?

Here is a write-up about the restaurant I found on the web:

What are you having for dinner tonight? Perhaps you fancy a nice piece of crocodile barbecued in spicy sauce, or maybe zebra and salad, warthog and chips, or even grilled giraffe.

They're all on the menu at the Carnivore restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya, which has just been selected as one of the fifty best places to eat in the world by London-based Restaurant Magazine.

A rare honour indeed, especially as it's the only establishment in
Africa to have made the list which was drawn up by a panel of international reviewers, restaurateurs and raconteurs.

In the restaurant whole joints of meat are roasted on traditional Maasai swords over a huge charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant.

Carnivore's head chef Joseph Gacheru said he thinks this unique layout caught the judges attention. "Carnivore is totally different because the kitchen... is right at the entrance of the restaurant," he said. "When the guests are coming in that is the first impression they see... the kitchen and the meat being roasted there."

Mr Gacheru said the restaurant only buys meat from suppliers licensed
to cull wild game by Kenya Wildlife Services.

While The Carnivore restaurant is popular with locals as well as
tourists, Mr Gacheru said there has been a slump in the number of tourists dining in the restaurant since the war in Iraq began, but local demand has stayed strong.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/2987849.stm


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