With a growing Somali community in Kenya, several restaurant chains are opening that offer Halal food to cater to the Islamic community in Kenya. These restaurants have become a favourite for many Kenyans because of their quick service and broad food choices. Their price range is considered mid-range, making them a perfect alternative for those who want something different from fast food.
Some popular restaurants are Pronto Restaurant and Kilimanjaro Restaurant, which have opened several branches within Nairobi as they expand their base further. The interior decor of the restaurants borrows a lot from Arabic interior design with the bright coloured walls and lots of lighting with different gold and silver accents and broad chairs.
During lunchtime, the restaurants come to life, packed with people from all walks of life on their lunch breaks, dates, parties or business meetings. There is lots of space to cater for large groups, and with special arrangements, the servers can put several tables together to cater to even a group of twenty people.
The food choice is broad, with many different types of meat, like beef, goats, and camels. Since it's halal food, they don't serve seafood and pork. The price range starts from as low as 1.5usd for a light pilau meal, with the pricier options being roughly 9 USD. For a group of two or more, it's possible to order a platter which is a big plate filled with different types of foods according to your preferences which also brings the cost slightly lower and is a great way to share food. There is a variety of milkshake drinks, ice creams and hot drinks that can be consumed any time of the day and are usually quite busy in the evening hours as people wait for traffic to subside in Nairobi before going home.
These restaurants are highly recommended, and if you are in Nairobi with a group of friends, we suggest you try one of the platters and let the servers choose whatever they want for your meal to keep it interesting.