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Talisman, Nairobi

320 Ngong Road
Tel: 254 20 883213's insider take:

Casting its spell on the sophisticated dining scene in the luxe, leafy suburb of Karen, Talisman charms with its sprawling gardens and tables set around a shady outdoor patio. Offering an upscale twist to classic curries and stir fries, the menu mixes Indian, Thai, and Swahili flavors, with plenty of coconut, chile, and ginger to go around. Start with the famous feta and coriander samosas before moving on to the lamb kebabs or tender strips of Thai chicken. The outdoor dining makes this a favorite weekend spot for families— the kids can scoot across the lawn or play on the tire swing—while the stylish interior, decked out with colorful cushions and local art, is a popular stop for Nairobi scenesters.

Closed Monday.

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A colleague and I were in transit with one full day in Nairobi. A friend suggested Talisman for a lazy Sunday lunch. Fantastic. It's in an unlikely spot,... more