The Carnivore Experience

The Carnivore restaurant is located in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. It opened its doors in the 1980s and has served thousands of global customers if not in millions. The Carnivore Restaurant is an exceptional joint serving a variety of exotic game meats. Carnivore serves up Kenya’s most famous “Nyama Choma” (barbecued meat). Their policy is a flat rate in an all-you-can-eat meat buffet.  Whole joints of meat- legs of lamb and pork, rumps of beef spare ribs, sausages, chicken wings, skewered kidneys, even ostrich and crocodile and other tasty morsels are roasted in the traditional huge, spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant. Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces are served. Selected soups and desserts are put through.

The Carnivore has its own traditions, serves the soup of the day with their home-baked brown bread and butter. A sizzling cast-iron plate placed in front of each customer as an army of carvers moves table to table. They carve juicy meat cuts on to the hot plates. A rich selection of salads and vegetable side dishes, a variety of sauces stacked on a double-storey revolving tray at the centre of the table.  The feeding frenzy doesn’t stop until defeat is declared by the overfed guests who signal that by lowering the white paper flag perched at the central tray. A vegetarian menu is also offered.

Another famous feature is the house cocktail the “Dawa” meaning Magic potion in Swahili. It is based on a famous Brazilian drink. Customers are served “Dawa” brought on a portable tray by the Bwana Dawa “Medicine man”.

Simba Saloon is an outdoor concert venue adjacent to it. The gardens have hosted many well-known entertainers. Local music extravaganza dubbed “tribe nights” is very frequent, especially on weekends.

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