BALUBA TIMES TWO!
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It’s been nearly a month since I put up a review. To be honest, I have been feeling quite un-inspired and thought the content I was making, wasn’t good. To add salt to injury, I have had a few relatives in hospital this past two months and even lost one of my aunts. (May her soul rest in peace). If you follow Kulanini on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter then you saw me asking for help to raise funds for her hospital bill. On that note, I’d like to sincerely thank all those who sent a contribution, words of encouragement and even prayed for my family. Thank you so so much. My family is extremely grateful for all the support. Mbarikiwe sana!
Other hinderances include: school, trying my hand in business and of course trying to balance all aspects of life; which has proved to be much harder the past few months. But enough of this pity party! I am now back, rejuvenated and ready to share all my eating out tips.
I have to some extent over-teased the Mövenpick
Hotel review; so, without further ado, let’s get to it. The number of Hotels in Nairobi have tremendously increased. With that, has come several new restaurants because if you want your hotel to compete with international ones, you must have more than one restaurant serving completely different cuisines and different settings. Even high end restaurants like Zen Garden
has two restaurants in one! Some of the hotels I definitely need to visit soon, just to mention a few, are:
I live along Mombasa Road hence the airport suggestions. The restaurant scene has definitely not been left behind in this. Some new places are:
Let me know in the comment section below if you’ve heard of, visited or your experience at any of these places! It looks like I have a lot to do in terms of reviews! Stay tuned because I already have three exciting reviews lined up. I will be posting a review every week so keep checking back to make sure you don’t miss a thing! Also, have you been using the Kulanini food finding feature. It compares costs of food at different places and helps you find food based on the amount you’d like to spend. See this wonderful feature here.
Baluba restaurant is one of Mövenpick Hotel’s three restaurants. The View Restaurant focuses on just that; the Nairobi city view. Okay. Let me be serious. It’s a rotating fine dining restaurant. Just in case you read past that, let me re-iterate. The only rotating restaurant in Kenya is at Mövenpick Hotel. It goes round as you enjoy exquisite dishes. No. not the hotel. Just the restaurant. Pro-tip: It would be a great dinner date spot!
La Mesa is their Latino themed restaurant & has cosy beautiful spaces and a place for game lovers to enjoy their matches. I won’t dwell so much on this because I will go back to do this review on it’s own.
Baluba restaurant is the hotel’s main restaurant. It extends to the pool area that connects the hotel wing to the residence wing. Yes. They have studio apartments here! In total, it’s 276 rooms, suites and apartments. Pretty incredible right! Baluba has a BBQ night every Wednesday. Now, I wasn’t too excited about it at first because it costs a whole 3,800/= but believe me, it was an incredible experience. Now, imagine getting there just before 6:30 p.m and eating absolutely all they have in the buffet section, barbeque area, dessert table and even some wine! I mean you can eat quite a bit. Sounds like a challenge to me. Surely, by 10:30 p.m you’ll have had enough for the week!
The marketing team was kind enough to invite a few bloggers & media representatives to sample the experience so we can tell you what it was like. I’m talking mini-burgers, chicken, salmon, lamb, chocolate cake, juice and even wine. (P.S: you only get 1 glass of wine and 1 glass of juice the whole night). Then again, who needs wine with all that food. For those who would like to disagree, they have more than two bars and happy hour every day from 5p.m to 7p.m (for those of you who would prefer an offer purely on drinks).
Hands down, this is the best buffet meal I have ever had. All the food was very well prepared and replenished promptly when it ran down. The beef goulash was nothing short of delicious. Flavour filled, thick and packed with nutrients. I looked for some chapati to have with it but couldn’t find any. Trust me, if there was, I’d have as well, ended my #bbqexperience there and asked for the pot of soup. What do you guys prefer to have chapati with? For me it’s meat and chicken. Ndengu and beans are for rice. Argue with someone else.
I am here to warn you to go easy on the soup because what is to come is mind-blowingly delicious. One of the bloggers actually forgot there was roast beef, chicken, lamb, sausages and even mini-burgers outside at the bbq station outside and so unfortunately filled up on all the food inside. The food was that good. He ate through the whole buffet without thinking of the other food. Don’t be a victim of the same. In fact, before you start, walk through all sections to mentally prepare.
The roast meats each had an award-winning house-made sauce next to it. Don’t even get me started on those mini-burgers. Small as they were, they managed to shut my eyes in amazement and pure joy. It is more like a build your burger station where you pick the sauces and fillings yourself. Of course with the assistance of the warm and well-trained chefs to get the perfect combination.
By the time it was time for dessert, I had sat for a whole hour starring at the ceiling contemplating why I had not left enough space. After a few sips of the wine they offered, I braced myself to get dessert and was extremely grateful I did. They were all very fresh and delicious. We all know how buffet is often the hotels way of recycling food. Definitely not at Movenpick!
In case, you’re too full for dessert, not to worry! Walk into the lobby on any day of the week between 4p.m and 5p.m for chocolate hour. Everyday, you get to experience different chocolates for free! I am sure most people are off work by 4p.m so why not!
My second experience there was even better than the first because instead of going for the already prepared buffet, I ordered a meal from the Baluba a la carte menu. I went for the Nasi Goreng Ayam @ 1,200/= and a glass of fresh juice @ 400/=. I’d advice someone to budget with at least 2,500/= for a descent meal. Nasi Goreng Ayam is an asian dish made with rice, chicken, veggies, an egg and some chilli. I thought this was an amazing meal and won’t hesitate ordering it again and again (of course once I’ve tried everything else). If you can, I highly recommend the a la carte menu instead of the daytime buffet. Just trust me.
I am definitely not the person to buy the same meal twice. Food adventures are my favourite thing to do. Therefore, trying the same thing again, is definitely a waste of an opportunity. Sally, my newly found Movenpick friend was happy to take me round. I needed to burn some calories anyway so I happily obliged. Besides, you guys would kill me if I didn’t get a few nice shots of other parts of the hotel. Enjoy!
That’s all I had for you today. Thank you so much for stopping by!
BEST FISH SOUP!!