Nairobi Restaurant Week: Day 3 – Lucca : Villa Rosa Kempinski


#NRW was the perfect excuse for my friend and I to check out Villa Rosa Kempinski, the new majestic looking hotel on Waiyaki Way.

The place is quite stunning, but I had to act like I am not all star struck so I did not take too many pictures.

sorry i was busy tryna pretend i am not taking pictures

sorry i was busy tryna pretend i am not taking pictures

To be honest, the NRW menu for Lucca was not very appealing, checking out the place was the primary motivation to go there.

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For your information, you cannot just walk into that hotel and go have a meal, you need to make reservations as they do not accept walk ins.

We sat outside at the balcony which faces Waiyaki Way, seeing that Nairobi is insanely hot and humid.

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There was only 1 starter on offer, so we really had no choice but to eat this toasted bread with tomatoes. It was good, but it really needed some meat on it, like ham or something. I do not know how vegetarians do it.

This yummy cocktail teremshad the food very nicely

This yummy cocktail teremshad the food very nicely

For the main course, I had the red snapper covered in black olives, with mashed potatoes.

Dentice alle Olive: Black Olive Crusted Red Snapper with raisin caper sauce and mashed potatoes

Dentice alle Olive: Black Olive Crusted Red Snapper with raisin caper sauce and mashed potatoes

The black olive crust tasted like bread, and the fish was steamed to perfection. The sauce had a good zing which complimented the entire meal. The garnish on top of the fish was actually lemon/orange, I thought they were carrots when I first looked at them, but they tasted really good.

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Dolci Cassata Siciliana: Sponge cake, layered with ricotta cheese, candied peel and fruits and chocolate topped with marzipan

There was also only 1 option for dessert. Marzipan is the icing they use on fruit cakes, it’s very sweet and kind of overwhelming. To be honest, I left most of it. The sponge cake was delicious, loved the candied fruit bits, though I wish the cheese would have been creamier.

The service was spectacular, the waiter, the manager, and I guess the manager’s boss all kept on checking up on us. The ambiance was very lovely as well. Lucca actually has a reasonably priced menu when it comes to food, ranging from 1200 to maybe 200, and the cocktails range from 600 and above.

I am definitely going to go back there someday soon.

What restaurants/hotels have you checked out for Nairobi Restaurant Week? Feel free to share your experience in the comment section 🙂

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