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“Oasis in a city”
Review of Thorn Tree Cafe

Thorn Tree Cafe
Ranked #79 of 567 Restaurants in Nairobi
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
375 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Oasis in a city”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

Very nice lively vibe with a real mix of people you can sit back and watch life go by even if it's a little slow due to traffic

Visited February 2014
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    Food
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Buena Vista, Virginia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Great service”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

I spent two weeks at the Stanley this month and will be going back again next month. I ate at the Thorn Tree every day. There was always quality food. We had a great server, Elizabeth, who made a late night meal, after a long day, very enjoyable and upbeat. The staff has been very helpful. The Angus Beef Filets are great as is the breakfast buffet, especially the homemade seed bread.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Scott D
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Rhodes, Greece
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Avoid if you can”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

First, service is excellent. Second, if you are staying at the Sarova Stanley, Naibori, in the center of town, you are pretty much trapped by this in-house restaurant. You'd be better off buying a sandwich or crisps on your way to eat in your room. Here's why: the food is terrible. The calimari starter is so overcooked you can't really eat it without pulling out the fillings in your teeth (that's a true story by the way). Don't bother to call the waiter and ask; he will assure you "That's the way we cook it." The Sarova House "specialty" chicken soup is a tad better than Campbell's in the can. But just a tad. The "star" desert is a "nutty brownie with chocolate sauce and ice cream on the side." The world's smallest dry brownie appears along with the world's smallest scoop of chocolate ice cream. Where's the chocolate sauce? The waiter tells you proudly "There it is!" It's the melting chocolate ice cream. Ridiculously overpriced for what you get. Worst meal I've had in over a year.

  • Visited June 2014
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Meilen
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“almost like in the old days”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

the original thorn tree is gone but a new one planted. Messages are now pinned onto a notice board. Food nice, generous portions. Service good. Staff extremely friendly. A perfect meeting place.

Visited March 2014
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Vernon, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
87 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“The actual tree is disappointing, food was good”
Reviewed 19 March 2014

We went to this café after reading about it in a guide book that described the famed "Thorn Tree Notice Board." With the advent of the computer age, the notice board itself is now very sad and the lone acacia standing in the middle of the outdoor seating area is rather bare. The food was good, but maybe a little overpriced. If you are looking for a nice evening away from your hotel doing something different this place would be good; otherwise you may find just as good food at your hotel's restaurant depending on where you stay.

Visited December 2013
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