Originating from the Maasai people, nyama choma has carved a name for itself, and is among the most sought after dishes in Kenya.
The meat; either goat meat, lamb, brisket, chicken or beef is grilled slowly over hot coal, seasoning with salt and sometimes lemon, giving the most tantalizing aroma.
The dish can be found almost everywhere, from high-end restaurants to local ones.
Westlands, located in upper Parklands, 3 kilometers from Nairobi’s CBD, has various restaurants serving the coveted dish. Below is a list of the most popular ones.
1. County2County SmokeHouse
Looking for an elegant place to dine in? Complete with haute cuisine and grand decor, County2County Smoke House will not disappoint.
Situated in Westlands CI, the restaurant is well known for their excellent grilled meat, served alongside wedges, ugali, fries, rice and chapati. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine to go with the food.
Background music will make you feel right at home, and should you wish to play games, a pool table is available for that.
The restaurant opens daily from 7.00 a.m to 12.00 midnight.
2. The Node
Situated along Woodvale Grove, the Node is equally a popular dining place in Westlands. Opening at 6.30 a.m and closing at 2.00 a.m, their operating hours make it convenient to make a stop even late at night.
Outdoor lovers have something to revel in, with the stunning space giving the facility a vibrant look. Services are fast, so you need not worry about starving.
Their nyama choma options vary, so you’re spoilt for choice. Drinks are in plenty, and so are the desserts. As you dine, enjoy games streamed live from the TV sets.
3. Asmara Restaurant
With footprints in different parts of Nairobi, Asmara is an opulent restaurant located along General Mathenge Road.
Their meat preparation follows the halal method of slaughter, and the nyama choma is no exception.
Choose from a wide range of accompaniments to go along with your grilled meat. Lovers of cocktails have varieties to indulge in, and soft drinks are also available for teetotallers.
Enjoy small bites like burgers and sausages as your dish is made to your specification.
They have both outdoor and indoor spaces, so you have the liberty to choose.
4. Kilele Nyama
Everyone needs a cozy place to dine, and Kilele Nyama, located along Rhapta Road near Ibis Styles, offers you exactly that.
Their interior decor gives you a homely vibe, putting you to ease. Their dishes equally don’t disappoint, with single meals and grill platters to choose from.
A complimentary glass of wine is offered depending on your meal. Enjoy cocktail varieties without denting your pocket, with their happy hour discounted prices.
Child-friendly dishes are available, and so are small bites to keep you going as you wait. They open daily from 9.00 a.m to midnight.
Ideal for group hangouts, Maxland, located in Waruku offers you the best experience, if their tasty nyama choma and friendly staff is anything to go by.
From grilled ribs, kuku and mbuzi choma and grilled brisket, relish in the soft aromatic dishes at a pocket friendly price.
They have drink varieties, both alcoholic, non-alcoholic and beverages as well.
Parking facilities are ample, security is tight and they open daily from 5.00 a.m to 10.00 p.m
6. Bavaria Gardens
This outdoor restaurant, located along Karuna CI, is a popular destination for many, owing to the exterior tasteful design, high level of cleanliness and friendly staff.
The chefs are skilled at grilling meat, guaranteeing you value for money. Have the liberty to choose from a variety of supplements such as ugali and fries, with a side of salsa. Wash this down with a glass of cold beer, cocktail or a soft drink of your choice.
The restaurant is also good for sport lovers with their screens streaming live games. Delivery services are offered within Nairobi, and operating hours are from 9.00 a.m to 11.00 at night.
7. Graze Steakhouse
Situated along Woodvale Grove, Graze Steakhouse is a high-end restaurant seeking to give you value for money with their exemplary services.
Indulge in different types of grilled meat with various complements served. Fancy a cocktail? You’ll be spoilt for choice with the wide array.
Enjoy different desserts like ice cream to complete your experience. They open daily from midday to 11.00 p.m