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It was about time I kicked About Thyme out of my bucket list :) My dear friend and I had a lovely lunch experience during the Nairobi Restaurant Week 2017 :) The hot Sunday afternoon was quickly gone once we got there. The ambiance really stands out with its breathtaking combination of nature and art! The service was also great and I loved the way the waitstaff would strategically station themselves to ensure no one had a had time searching frantically when they were ready to order (very hard to see this anymore). Being the last day of NRW2017, we made sure that we tried their renowned spicy chicken rigatoni tossed in a spicy tomato concasse with chicken strips. Let's just say, we were not disappointed! It was spicy, but not too much that one can't enjoy. Plus, the side salad helps. For dessert, we both had the caramelised bread and butter pudding - served hot with custard & the peanut butter ice-cream pie - drizzled with chocolate fudge sauce (good for sweet tooth cravings). Their house wine is also to die for! Definitely going back!
Tucked away in a serene corner, we enter About Thyme, greeted by a cool breeze on a hot Sunday afternoon. My date and I managed to secure a table indoors; with no reservation. Soft oldies and jazz, coupled with the ambiance took us away. The service is impecable and they were gracious enough to explain the various dishes available. Indulged on free cocktail as we chatted away. We both had Tuna tar tar and avocado as our starters. Every bite was an exhilarating experience. That's not it; the mains were beyond exemplary. Each bite as tantalising as the one before. Eventually, my last bite; I was sad the food was over! :( We finally had some dessert and took a brisk stroll outside after our meal. Beautiful and lush. Can't wait to visit once more for even more!
NRW is always just an exciting week, trying delectable menu's at a pocket friendly price. It really is a food lovers treat.
About Thyme launched our week of foodgasmia and we opted for sunday lunch. So, how was it?
AMBIANCE: Well, the interior aubergine walls make the place look dated, drab and dingy however walking out to their patio area where outside seating is, the ambiance was quaint and family orientated. Thankfully our table for 8 was reserved outside.
SERVICE: We arrived at 1:30pm, our drinks got to the table at 2pm, starters at 2:35pm with main course at 3:30pm and dessert at 4pm. By the time we finished and payed up it was 4:45pm. Service was at snail pace perhaps because the place was full with NRW foodies.
FOOD: The starters of liver pate, tuna tata were good maincourse....the pepper sauce for the pepper steak wasn't peppery enough. It was more like a slightly sweet white sauce with pepper...hmmm. Steak not too bad. The burger was too dry, the burger bun needed toasting and there should have been mayo, ketchup, onions, tomato and cheese on it to make it moist and utterly amazing. We did ask for mayonaise, which arrived some 15minutes later, it was home made mayo that hadn't been whisked enough and was like curdled milk in consistency which was a bit off putting. Chicken Rigatone was great and would have been just a notch better if the waiter had offered some Parmesan and freshly milled pepper for that.
The side condiments, their home chilli paste was pretty good and i'm not one for chillies.
Desserts you couldn't fault. We had the sticky date pudding...sheer heaven, the peanut butter ice cream pie..simply yummy and the bread n butter pudding which was rich but utterly delish
So, would I go there again? Possibly, the food wasn't amazing but it was good home cooked nosh. I'd certainly visit this place again giving it a good four hours, so perfect for a weekend when you don't have anything else to do and you can just move in with your sleeping bag.
So, semi-yummy food and About Thyme they changed the aubergine decor, improved speed and perfected their home mayo.
Was here last weekend. We were informed we couldn't get a table without reservations though the place was pretty empty. Any way, 10 or so minutes later, we managed to get a sitting. The burgers were awesome. Service was good. Our waiter was perfect. Not too busy and not too nosy. Good experience overall.