If you frequent Westlands, you have definitely seen a new restaurant at Kenrail towers right from the road. And that new spot is Mercado! I had been planning to visit Mercado with my younger sister last month for some sister time, however the day we chose, they had closed down. We postponed our date not too far off into the future. And when they reached out to me to sample their brunch menu, I was more than happy to go and try it out. My friends had amazing things to say about Mercado, and I was excited to try out the restaurant for myself. Because we missed our chance to dine at Mercado the last time we were there, I took my sister as my plus one, and it also happened to be her birthday, so that was my treat to her!
This review (and this amazing video) also includes some of my readers’ experiences at Mercado as per their Instagram DMs so that you get a balanced idea of the restaurant. These are our opinions, hence are subjective, so remember what one likes may be what you hate or vice versa since we are all different and that’s ok. I encourage you to check it out yourself nonetheless and see how you like Mercado.
Being the last weekend of 2017, my sister and I wanted to have a beautiful lunch to wind down the year. After a horrific experience at a popular seafood franchise, we hoped our experience at Marula Mercanitle would make up for it. Saturday the 30th was stunningly sunny and relaxed and we decided to eat at a place that was open and vibe-y. After our meal and afternoon stay there, I decided to include this as a restaurant review as it was not a planned visit between myself and the staff and I felt I captured them in their true essence. It is something I planned on doing last year, but due being broke af to various factors, I put restaurant reviews on hold. My review of Marula Mercantile will be first of many. I will also be including some of your experiences to my reviews so that you can get the truest, most realistic picture of the restaurant.
Nothing thrills me more than having the chance to explore other cultures, trying out new things and immersing myself in their way of life and their way of doing things. I have had the privilege traveling to South Africa to attend the DSTv Delicious Food Festival this coming weekend but prior to that, we are experiencing the country and savoring all it has to offer. From our evening game drives, to going on the fastest zip line in Africa, it has been such a ball so far!! It is my second time here (read about my first time here) and I am more than happy to have food tied into the mix. We have visited quite a number of restaurants and today I want to review the first three restaurants we have to been to and the best I had in each one of them .
I always say my forever-friends are the ones I met while I was in high school. These are the girls who have seen me through my best, my absolute worst, who understand how easy it is for me to switch from silly to serious and who love me even when I am difficult to love at any given moment. Life in Precious Blood Riruta was difficult at most times, but the company made it all worth while. As life got busier, we made sure to make time for each other and when we do hang out, we always have a time to remember!! This past Saturday was one of those days! Diane, Joan, Anita and I decide to meet up over breakfast at Radisson Blu’s Larder Restaurant. We spoke about many things, and reminisced about our high school days the most. We laughed at how much Diane and I used to eat back (believe me, we used to eat A.L.O.T) and how at breakfast, we always used to scavenge for an extra slice of loaf because the quarter we were given never seemed to fill our tummies :D. And here we are now! All grown up and all glowed up once again sharing great conversations over breakfast, only difference is this time, we ate until we couldn’t move! And for us, no better time to share some encouragement, hearty laughs and juicy stories than over fantastic food.
And for that the Larder Restaurant’s Super Breakfast was the perfect choice. This was not the ordinary maandazi-egg-sausage breakfast buffet we are used to in Nairobi, but it had a wider variety from cold cuts to pastries and cheeses and everything else! I find breakfast dates so warm and intimate and we had the time of our lives! Breakfast dates should be more mainstream don’t you think? Here is what we ate and what we liked most:
I have said this before, and I will say it again: Nairobi traffic can send you to the brink of insanity. Lord forbid it rains or a trailer overturns on Mombasa road. Everything comes to a stand still. Meetings get canceled, dates get postpone and flights get missed. All this can simply be fixed and avoided by being at the right place at the right time. I remember the time my cousin Khetiwe came home for her holiday visit, she nearly missed her flight because of on going construction of the Southern bypass at that time. We all wished we would have left earlier and had lunch at a nearby hotel then see her off at the airport without stress, running people over like mad race horses rushing and anxiety. Next time she is in the country, I will for sure recommend Lazizi Premier Hotel for lunch, which is right inside our airport, and will save us the hustle of crossing the through monstrous Nairobi traffic. Here is a full review of my stay there: