Cin Cin (Fairmont the Norfolk)Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel, Harry Thuku Rd, CBD, Nairobi
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Cin Cin just launched a new Spaleba (Spanish and Lebanese) tapas menu. Because I live to eat, we had Chef Doxis pop into the kitchen and for the next hour, he sent us beautifully presented platter after platter of pretty much everything off the menu. But that’s the best thing about a tapas menu, right? You get to try small portions of everything! We started off with Andalusian fried olives which in theory, I thought might be too strong for the Kenyan palate, but the chef proved me wrong. This was closely followed by bonuelos and potato bravas which played the perfect companion to my passion fruit mojito. From the pescado (fish) section we had tataki cooked salmon glazed in maple soya, sumac and ginger, and served with crunchy asparagus and potato chips. It looked like a dish out of the kitchen at Tatu, Norfolk’s fine dining restaurant.
From the polo (chicken) section, we had chicken brochettes marinated in jalapeno then crusted with nuts and served with a yoghurt dip, fresh tomato salsa and Lebanese bread crisps. I could taste the little bits and bobs added by the chef to elevate each dish, and fell in love with the different influences blending perfectly on my palate. We also had grilled lamb skewers, smokey mutabel, yoghurt sauce and tortilla bread. Mutabel is a thick, creamy, savoury eggplant sauce with an almost airy fluffiness accented with nutty olive oil, perfect for anyone who likes more intense Middle Eastern food. As I was still raving about the pita bread that accompanied it, Chef Doxis brought us warm churros- fried spanish long donuts tossed with cinnamon and sugar and accompanied by a chocolate dip- and I was lost for words at first bite. Cin Cin bar gets two thumbs ups from me!
For those prices we should at least be allowed to sit on the Riskshaw!!! I really enjoyed the whole experience the food was finger licking, the old world elegance was lovely. The service was a bit slow though....
Looking for a place to have a drink in the middle of a busy week, this is the place. It is pricey but an indulgence allowed every so often. The cocktails are amazing! The service is great and so is the food.
Our bill for the night was HUGE!! which was due to the fact that the food is Exc taxes according to the staff. Our waiter was not professional at all. Did not give us a minute of peace to enjoy our meal. to the point he got too friendly which was very uncomfortable. The food was okay. we expected a certain uumph. We went on a busy night so it took a while before the food came and it was noisy.