Nairobi has plenty of Chinese restaurants but they aren’t a cheap option. Almost all offer ‘large’ (good for two people) and ‘small’ portions (enough for one). Food is generally excellent, but all these places add 16% VAT to the bill, so prices can soon mount up.
Chinese & Thai Nairobi Restaurants
Panda Chinese Restaurant Fedha towers, Kaunda St; mains kshs380-1480)
A spacious very classy Asian restaurant hidden away on Kaunda St. The staffs are attentive to the point of overzealousness, especially when its quiet and the food is the best Chinese chow I have seen in Nairobi. Lovers of Muzak will also be at their element here.
Hong Kong Restaurant (College House, Koinange St; Mains Kshs 300-600)
A bright red restaurant with good food and not too much clichéd décor. It’s the cheapest proper Chinese in town and is accordingly popular.
Bangkok Chinese restaurant (Rank Xerox House, Parklands Rd, Westlands; Mains Kshs290-890)
The Bangkok has been in business for a number of years but was clearly named by someone with no grasp of geography, as there’s virtually nothing Thai on the menu at all. If the disappointment gets too much you can always crack open a bottle of Moet (Kshs 8990)
Tanager Bar & Restaurant (Rehema House, Kaunda St. mains Kshs 280-350)
A cheap and simple Chinese African eatery right in the city centre.
China Jiangsu Restaurant (Westlands Rd mains Kshs 200-600)
A stylish rooftop restaurant above Soin arcade shopping centre. Prices are very reasonable considering the classy balcony setting, and the food’s not to be sniffed at either.
Siam Thai (Unga House, Muthithi Rd, Westlands, mains Kshs 250-680)
This attractive restaurant has an extensive menu of actual Thai food and a very good reputation. Unga House can be reached from either Woodvale grove or Muthithi Rd.
Japanese Nairobi Kenya Restaurants
Restaurant Akasaka (Standard St, mains Kshs 450-800)
A wonderful Japanese restaurant next to the six eighty Hotel. It’s always a little quiet, but this fits the stylish Japanese décor and the food is very authentic. There’s even a tatami room (reserve in advance) where you can eat at traditional low tables. Akasaka runs the full gamut of Japanese cuisine including udon noodles, sushi sets, tempura, teriyaki, and sukiyaki as well as great miso soup. Good value set lunches is also available.
Furasato Japanese Restaurant (Karuna Rd, Westlands; set meals Kshs 700-1500)
Behind the sarit centre, this is a very stylish place with seductive set Japanese meals including sushi, teppanyaki and tempura. The sushi and sashimi are delicious. Reservations are recommended.
There are many other Asian restaurants in Nairobi including some in leafy suburbs that may cost even twice as much as the ones included here. Depending on your taste you can enquire of the Chinese and Japanese restaurants in such areas.
Remember here that at this level of class, what your bill not only includes the food mass but also the dining ambience-something you are unlikely to take home in your tummy though.
All in all you are most likely going to find a restaurant, if not two that suits your tastes and pocket size. There is simply no lack in Asian restaurants here.
Robert is a travel expert in Kenya east Africa and tour consultant with Landmark Safaris. Make a free enquiry on best Kenya Japanese & Chinese restaurants and other Nairobi eating places here. http://www.landmarksafaris.com/planner/?refferer=ezinearticles