Tambourin (Villa Rosa Kempinski)Villa Rosa Kempinski, Chiromo Rd, Westlands, Nairobi
Really good falafal and hummus. Shockingly bad seafood medley, both in terms of taste and value. Tough and rubbery calamari and shrimp, no real flavor overall. Take it off the menu. And the restaurant was hot. Not what we were expecting for a "rooftop" dining experience. Overall rating: meh.
Before visiting Tambourin I had never heard of Levantine cuisine so this was definitely something new to me. The food was enticing, the service great. I specifically loved the chicken in lemon flavour. Yum yum! The ambience literally takes you to the middle East and the belly dancer keeps you there. I would recommend Tambourin just for its ambience. Oh! The sheesha too for those who indulge.
We were happy with our starters of hummus and Arabian salad. The vegetarian tagine was a great disappointment of a watery, tastless jumble of vegetables. After returning it to the kitchen, it was presented with added lemon juice. This is typically a mouth watering dish and lacked the key ingredients. The lamb kebabs were tasty though. The belly dancer is exceptional and so is the ambience. It is quite expensive however.
My first time experience at Tambourin was an exciting one. I had heard of the belly dancer and i couldn't wait to see her perform. Though that night was a rainy one, i didn't realise till i stepped out. The ambiance is amazing, i loved the privacy as well. So it was my fist attempt at levantine cuisine and i must say i wasn't disappointed. I also got to try their cocktails,and the flirtiny was my favourite. Also the shisha was of great quality. Definitely looking forward to going back!
I had dinner at Tambourin last night and it was not bad. They got it right with the ambiance and the fact that it's on the roof top brings in a welcomed cool breeze. The menu had a lovely selection of cold and warm starters and I would definitely recommend the chicken wings. My favourite dish of the night was the lamb in a creamy white sauce that when eaten with pita bread, makes it literally, finger licking good. I didn't get a chance to try the shisha, but would definitely go back. . . . apparently they have an exotic belly dancer with roots from Jordan and Spain - this I have to see for myself!