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“Decent food”
Review of Isokon Restaurant

Isokon Restaurant
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55 restaurant reviews
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“Decent food”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

Good choice of cuisine and the spice levels are tempered down to suit multi-ethnic tastes. Extremely courteous staff. Only recommendation would be to include at least one drink or juice as part of the package

Visited April 2014
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  • English first
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English first
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444 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Buffets unlimited”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

Not a fan of buffets, but good range in nomal Sarova Style. You won't starve at any meal. Wine list patchy, but navigable.

Visited September 2013
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“High standards in the wilderness.”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

An extensive buffet at each meal with an Indian influence in many dishes. Attentive service and well-prepared dishes. Made-to-order omelets at breakfast is one of many options. If you go hungry here, its your own fault.

Visited September 2013
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“Bring Shillings -- or Else”
Reviewed 10 July 2013

My wife and I did not stay at Sarova Mara Camp so we cannot rate its accommodations. It does look, however, like a delightful establishment, with exquisitely manicured lawns, a large swimming pool, and a welcoming exterior. I suspect that though it is located far from the heart of the beautiful Masai Mara National Reserve, it would be a super place to spend a holiday or even a honeymoon.

If, that is, one were not an American carrying American money instead of Kenyan shillings. On our way to the Serena Mara Resort many miles down the road, we stopped at the Sarova to have lunch. That, too,was excellent and since we had arranged to pre-pay for it, would have cost us nothing out of pocket had we not both decided to get a Coca Cola on a hot day. I had left my wallet with its shillings in our van, but I told my wife not to worry since I felt sure that it would be no problem exchanging US dollars to cover the extra cost of the drinks. So much for sensible ideas! When we tried to do so, we were treated by the staff as if we were trying to steal our drinks without paying for them. We offered to go to our van to retrieve the necessary shillings but were not allowed to do so. The reception desk showed little sympathy for our problem -- no, of course, they could not change dollars into shillings (something that every other lodge in Kenya must do). Not until we finally managed, after more than 15 minutes of being made to look like dead-beat thieves (a hard thing to do when one is dealing with two seventy-plus year olds), to get to the hotel manager did she offer to allow us the opportunity to exchange our funds to pay for the drinks. That was done quickly -- as it should have been from the start -- and we were soon on our way, glad to be rid of the Sarova for good.

It is easy to say that everyone ought to exchange all foreign currency before setting out on a game safari or going anywhere outside Nairobi but, having visited Kenya in earlier years and never once having a problem using dollars, it seemed unnecessary to do so. We were willing to pay the deflated exchange rates if we had to simply for the ease that it offered. So much for what ought to be valid assumptions!

As I noted, the Sarova Mara might be a nice place but until it changes its restrictive policy and allows for the ready exchange of foreign currencies -- something we noted at every other place we were except the Sarova Mara -- American citizens, and perhaps other foreign nationals as well, would do well to stay far, far away.

Thank BigP
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