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Haandi, Nairobi

The Westlands Mall
Tel: 254 20 4448294's insider take:

Don't let your first glance fool you: Tucked away ten minutes from town in the obscurity of the Westlands Mall, Haandi dishes out some of the finest curries and masalas this side of Mumbai. The decor is as bland as the curries are spicy, but you're not here for the scenery. The encyclopedic menu covers a broad range of mughlai (Northern Indian) cuisine: crisp naans, fragrant tikkas, a host of succulent tandoori dishes left to marinate overnight. It'll take some time just to navigate all the options; you might want to start with a cool mango lassi while you think it over. Plump Nilgiri prawns masala and chicken makhani—in a spicy, tomato-based sauce—are among a long list of standouts.

Open daily noon to 2:30 pm and 7 to 10:30 pm.

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