So, I had a slightly warped view of what I expected Kenya to be like. Having never been to Africa before I thought there would be a lot of mud huts and people wearing very little!
The majority of Nairobi is basically the complete opposite of this. It is really built up; there are shopping centres, tarmac roads (even if they are full of pot-holes and stones) and chain restaurants!
We headed to the Westgate Shopping Centre after a heavy night out at Carnivore (a restaurant that turns into an open air club with 2,500 capacity!) the previous evening. We were feeling very hungover and sorry for ourselves.
The boys wanted a burger to get rid of their hangover blues so we found ourselves at Urban Burger. Urban it most certainly is. Uniform tables topped with pots of ketchup, mayo and mustard.
A small bench table is inside the restaurant but the majority of the seating is outside. The staff were friendly, efficient and each donned an Urban Burger black t-shirt.
Jack and Rich rose to the challenge of feasting on the ‘Big Hulk’…double beef, double cheese! Jess went for the ‘French Connection’, beef burger, homemade red onion marmalade, rocket leaves and blue cheese and I for the ‘Texas’, beef burger, crispy bacon, cheddar, fried egg, rocket leaves and bbq sauce.
The place was buzzy with couples and families and I food came in double quick time. The beef was served rare and was well ground though not quite your Hawksmoor quality, of course! For Kenya this is a good chain restaurant that offers, simple, cheap and cheerful food at a slightly higher than average price.
Tucking into our nibbles of onion rings and bbq chicken wings.
The ‘Hulk Burger’
What is the best way to eat a burger? Knife and fork or get stuck in with your hands?
Only a fraction of food was left and we decided to go and rest our bellies and get another drink elsewhere. We headed to the slightly more fancy Sankara Hotel nearby where they have a rooftop bar and pool.
Cocktails, shisha and nibbles are on the menu so we settled for two of their gin based cocktails neither which we were particularly impressed with but luckily they went down okay before we decided to head home for an early night!