Nyama choma is not just any meal, it is one of Kenya’s most favorite delicacy.
You may think it is simply plastered on a grill and all it has to do is burn enough, but it is more than that. Grilling or “chomaing nyama” is like an art. You ruin it and everyone complains about how hard or burnt it is. This is why when a person tells you they know “a place that choma’s meat well” you go there. You go there because when you call the butcher and tell him you want soft meat with no fat he gets it. The strict instructions you pass on must be adhered to and you don’t want to waste yourself in a nonsense meat joint.
Here are the best nyama choma places in Nairobi.
1. The Hood.
The Hood is an old restaurant that has been recognized for their nyama choma. They not only have tasty soft meat but they also sell liquor cheaper than most places. The Hood is located in Hurlingham, on Kasuku Road (no it far from Chaka Road).
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Sagret is an old hotel that serves as a three in one hotel. If you want to hold a conference, accommodation and a restaurant then this is the place to go to. It may look old but it is surprisingly where the who’s of Kenya hangout because of their savory meat. It is located in Milimani not far from Integrity center.
Nerkwo is the ka local that has everything you need. Go there on a Saturday afternoon and you may not have room to breath. The bar has a few screens for the football fans and very good soft meat. It is in South B on Plainsview road.
4. Ole Polos.
Right at the heart of Kiserian is the famous Ole Polos. The perfect, affordable getaway for anyone. Whether you’re craving for grilled chicken or lamb, they have it all. It is also a serene place unlike most nyama choma joints.
Roadhouse is known for their meat and the older “wazee’s” that sit there. But despite the elderly company, they have good service, meat and booze is very affordable. The best one so far has to be the one on Dennis Prit road, the place gets fully packed. You may have to wait for more than an hour to get your meat, but it is worth it.
Whole joints of meat – leg of lamb and pork, ostrich, rump of beef, sirloin, rack of lamb, spare ribs, sausages, chicken wings, skewered kidneys, even crocodile – are roasted on traditional Maasai swords over a huge, charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant. You can eat all that as long as you want and they never stop serving you until you ask them to.