Seven Seafood & Grill ABCABC Place, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi
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This is a very bias review. Specifically because this menu caters to my palete. The oysters (baked & raw), and all the starters are to die for. The menu changes often but the one thing they should never do away with is the grilled calamari. The food is simple, clean, inoffensively flavourful, rich when it needs to be, and filling. Their mixed veg with butternut and spinach is the best side they have. This is more of a must have starter and main experience. Staff is knowledgable which is key. One of my favourite restaurants in Nairobi.
I had the worst experience at Seven. I was not acknowledged upon entering, and when I sat at a table, no waiter came to check on me. I went for #NRW2017 and I am sure there was NO alcohol in my free cocktail. The mushroom risotto was amazing though (that was the only thing I enjoyed!). I am definitely not going back!
First of all the service was excellent. Got to give it up to our waiter, i think he was called Charles if i have not forgotten. He was extremely good and professional, very passionate and guided us through the menu. The atmosphere is quite ideal for a good dinner with good convo. That is as good as it gets though, the food was not that amazing for the price. I really expected more
After quite a few visits I conclude that Seven serve adequate [sea]food, but there's not one dish on the menu that stands out. Ambiance inside is awful; dim blue light and bad acoustics, but on the terrace you breathe exhaust fumes of cars passing by. The complimentary bread and especially the sauces are delicious, but portions are small and to find the side dishes bring a magnifying glass. Some waiting staff is good, while others need prompting too often. Why serve overpriced and pretentious 'design' waters? Contents are and taste the same as ordinary waters! If you like pricey but average food served with carbon monoxide, this is the place to go.
Waiters and waitresses in this restaurant are stealing from customers through the restaurant's so called social hour. The banner outside says local beers at 200 between 4 and 7. Had a tusker malt got charged 350 and they claimed it was not part of the social hour yet it's a local beer. In a separate occasion, still taking local beers, the waitress said the beers were on social hour but after paying my bill she charged me at almost twice the amount. She claimed the social hour ended months ago yet they drag that banner outside every morning. Shame on you
My experience is quite mixed. The place is quiet enjoyable and beautiful and the food did not take long. However, i felt a very artcaffe vibe to the place. I dont know whether its because my friends and i looked young but nevertheless, other people were paid more attention to. For instance, by the time a waiter had come to take our order, the waiter had already served the foreign couple that came after us. The food honestly is too overpriced. One thing that tremendously irritated me was the fact that when our bill came and we gave the exact money with a small tip, the waiter serving us, who by the way was less than extraordinary, brings back the bill with the money we had paid and informed us that it was and i quote 'an obligation' to pay an extra 1,100 shilling tip. When i tried to question her about the extra fee, she became upset and left. I personally have never been to a place or have heard of people tipping at such a rate and making it seem like it was compulsory to do so. I therefore do not see myself going back after such an experience but do recommend the restaurant for people who generally enjoy light meals and a dignified air to a restaurant