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“A unique evening”
Review of shamuras Bar

shamuras Bar
Ranked #159 of 553 Restaurants in Nairobi
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
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“A unique evening”
Reviewed 3 October 2013

It was a very unique experience, there were no menus available just a verbal selection of what had been prepared on the day. The selection that day was ok, many chicken dishes were available and we tried two out of the selection. We had butter chicken and methi; it is authentic in that the sauces are rich and spiced well, with chicken thigh and wings. You do need to ask for rice as the dishes do not come with it, and if it wasn't on the verbal menu, it isn't available and takes time to cook. I would enquire from the start if I were to go again. We had roti, which is fine as a bread selection. The ambience is unique in that it is almost diner like in atmosphere, set in the remnants of an old Victorian Hotel. It has a certain charm about it, and it would be interesting to view during the day when you can see the outer grounds. This restaurant does allow smoking in the building, so if you are a non smoker, you may find it offensive, although it is quite open aired in a good portion of the facility.

  • Visited September 2013
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“An Indian 'Dhaba' in Nairobi, better than most rip-offs in India!”
Reviewed 6 November 2012

Dhabas are highway restaurants (and rest places) found all along Indian Highways especially in Central and North of India, they offer wholesome, simple food and extra strong chai with enough sugar in it to take the weary drivers until their next stop. The overall experience is so authentic that many dhaba styled restaurants have popped up in the cities although most fail miserably in offering an ambience or the style/quality of food. Shamuras is as close to a dhaba experience one can get in a city (although it is not not trying to be one). The ambience is basic and the food has all the robust indian flavours including the extra dollop of fat. The rotis/phulkas are hot, fully puffed up and is served continuously until one indicates a stop to the waiter. I am quiet sure that the owner has his masalas ground fresh and does not use commercial, ready mix short-cuts.
Do not let the non-descript exteriors turn you away, this property has a legendary past, it was once the famous Hotel Salisbury that had Africa's largest swimming pool, the dis-functional remains of which still exist. Shamura's one is not to be missed for anyone seeking an honest, authentic Indian meal that sans pretensions.

  • Visited October 2012
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