My colleague and I watch people walking up and down Kimathi Street as we wait for our order. We are seated at the balcony of Kilimanjaro Jamia, an eating joint on the first floor of Kenwood House.
Soon, our meals arrive. The sizzling chicken and sizzling beef come searing on the platters, followed by chapatti and fries, which are our accompaniments.
The chicken is soft and yummy with minimal spicing. The fries are well done, not too soft, not too hard, while the chapattis are quite soft and tasty. The food is in large portions and fairly priced for the size.
We order smoothies to wash it all down and waddle, due to our overly full bellies, back to the office. As with all good bargains, one has to come back for more.
So, a week later, I decide to introduce my best friend to this spot on a quiet Saturday afternoon. We sit at the balcony and people watch. This time, we order for pilau and arrosto.
The pilau is all sorts of delicious, in part because it is only Sh250! It has enough meat and is a bit moist, such that you can eat it dry even without adding the soup it comes with.
The arrosto is a little dry, but so well done, that the meat tears from the bone with the slightest tug. For drinks, we order tropical floats.
A tropical float is a mixture of juices topped off with a dollop of icecream, which is a study in tropical flavours and creamy smoothness, especially on a lazy afternoon.
My only issue with the restaurant is the size of the tables at the balcony. They are a tad tiny, especially if you are planning to eat a lot, and are a bit of a klutz like I am. Maybe next time I will try sit inside, since the chairs and tables therein look a bit more comfortable.