Monikos KitchenValley Arcade (Off Gitanga Rd), Lavington, Nairobi
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Service was a bit wanting as we waited a while before being served. I had the burger while my friend had the red Thai beef curry. I enjoyed my meal but the curry wasn't anything special. I would go back back though. It has a chilled vibe to it and I need to taste the pork ribs that were unfortunately sold out.
I dined here with some colleagues and we had a Swedish themed dinner experience that was quite enjoyable. The starter was heated wine with some nuts….it had never occurred to me that one could heat wine and that it could have such an enjoyable taste. The food consisted of a number of sea foods and though am not much of sea food enthusiast I still indulged in a little bit of everything. Our waiter Carol did a commendable job and so did the guy running the place whose long beard made me think he must be a true Viking descendant. I also enjoyed the Swedish habit of singing before taking drinks. All in all I had a good time, the food was good, the service was commendable and I would definitely come back and recommend others to visit.
Moniko's; never again. S l o w and sloppy service, too many tables, too close together. Order a salad and you get 90% lettuce leaves, with a few pieces of avocado, salmon or whatever thrown in. The bread served with our salads was old, hard and bone dry. We complained to the owner, but he said it must have been toasted by accident ... This place is a farce.
I've been to Monikos mainly in the daytime and have enjoyed it every time I go, though in the middle of a shopping centre, it doesn't feel like it. The space is calm and I can get into my work with the occasional top up on coffee and or eat a meal. I really enjoy their pasta and cause I'm usually rushing through stuff, I avoid ordering burgers, though I hear they have some great options. I'll be back to try those at a more relaxed time.
We had a great NRW16 dinner experience. We like how Moniko's gets into the spirit of NRM and comes up with an interesting menu. You get both starters as part of the menu (not one of two) - the three brushetta's are a delight - fresh, zingy and each one different. However they would have been better with thinner and toasted bread. The two cold soups served in large shot glasses were refreshing and very good. The pork loin and beef were both delicious, good sized portions but the sides came cold requiring a zap of the microwave. Desert was very good. Service was excellent - attentive and always quick to act. Overall really good and we found excellent value for money.