The Best Vegetarian Restaurants In Nairobi

Over the years, Nairobi has become home to expatriates who settle in the town for various reasons.

Among them is a huge population of Indians, who predominantly happen to be vegetarians. Also, other people can be on dietary restrictions due to various reasons.

This has necessitated the establishment of restaurants to cater to the food needs of these people.

If you are on a food adventure and are looking to try out vegetarian meals, you have various restaurants to visit.

Below is a list of top vegetarian restaurants in Nairobi;

1. Chowpaty

Being the only restaurant in Nairobi that serves exclusively vegetarian food, Chowpaty has become an easy destination for most people.

They have three branches across Nairobi, with the most popular being the one at Diamond Plaza in Parklands.

Chowpaty Restaurant In Nairobi

Their menu borrows heavily from Indian cuisine, starting with snacks like grilled sandwiches, Pani Puri, Pav Bhaji, Samosa Ragada, grilled paneer and more.

Main courses include paneer makhani, mutter paneer and chole, served alongside naan bread, kadhi or jeera rice.

Vegetable salads are also available, among drink varieties like milkshakes and soft drinks. 

2. Ashiana Restaurant

Located at the Apic Center along Muthithi Road, Ashiana Restaurant is a leading facility specializing in vegetarian dishes.

Their food also majorly includes Indian delicacies like naan bread, vegetable biryani, Pani Puri, masala fries, chilli paneer, jeera rice and more.

Thali meals are also available, and for snacks, they have varieties to sample from. The restaurant is elegant with enticing decor that will instantly put you to ease.

A kid’s menu is available to entice your young ones with tasty food. They are open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 a.m to 9.30 pm

3. Kailash Parbat Restaurant

Dine alfresco while enjoying the clear skies and fresh air at this restaurant located at the Oval, Ring Road in the Parklands area.

Their menu is a fusion of cuisines from the US, UK, Portugal, Singapore and India, giving you the best culinary experience.

Enjoy delectable meals such as schezuan fried rice, Pani Puri, vegetable biryani and more. Spend Ksh. 5000 or more, and enjoy a discount of 15%.

Fresh fruit juices are served to go along with the food and top this up with electrifying live music performances of Indian songs. 

4. Shayona Restaurant

Shayona is an affordable vegetarian restaurant located along Kusi Lane in Parklands.

Their meals consist mostly of Indian cuisine, with starters such as papadum and vegetable samosas, main courses such as Bombay pav Bhaji, loaded fries, mushroom penne and more.

Tuesdays are for Thali meals, where large platters with different foods are offered to customers.

Different types of soup like mushroom soup and vegetable salads are included in the menu. They open daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm

5. Open House Restaurant

Well reviewed for their excellent and pure vegetarian dishes, the Open house restaurant located at the Gallant Mall should be your next stop for vegetarian food.

Enjoy dishes like vegetable Patiala, vegetable tikka masala, malai methi mutter, egg masala and various types of naan.

Open House Restaurant In Nairobi

Beverages, soft drinks and fruit juices are available, and different flavours of ice cream for dessert.

For your young ones, a wide array of meals suited to them is available.

They open daily from midday to 10.00 p.m, and equally offer delivery services depending on the location. 

6. Abyssinia Restaurant

Located at Muguga Green off Waiyaki Way, Abyssinia is an Ethiopian restaurant that serves a wide range of vegetarian dishes.

Their food comprises traditional Ethiopian herbs and spices to add a savoury taste. Sample delicacies such as Shiro Regular, Abyssinian paneer we’t, and vegetarian platters consisting of Shiro tegamino served with injera and missir key.

Enjoy the traditionally brewed Ethiopian coffee, or try out fresh juices. Alcoholic drinks like whiskey and wine are also available. The restaurant opens daily from 11.00 a.m to 11.00 p.m

7. Haandi Restaurant 

One of the oldest restaurants in Nairobi’s Westlands, Haandi specializes in Indian cuisine and has a vegetarian corner catering to all and sundry.

They have starters like lemon pepper Mogo, malai mushroom, tandoori paneer tikka and vegee cashew rolls. Main meals like okra and potatoes, stuffed aubergines and vegetable mix are also available.

Guests are at liberty to request food that is either mildly spiced, medium spiced or hot. Top this up with your choice of dessert, either ice cream, fruit salad or juice. They are located at The Mall in Westlands, and open daily from 11.00 am to 11.00 pm.