My 31st birthday in Nairobi was a mellow one. A bit different from my usual karaoke birthday nights in NYC! I was missing having my friends with me and tired from travel that week. But Mike as usual was a sweetheart and planned a nice dinner out for me. He did some research and we went to a fancy seafood restaurant called Seven in ABC Plaza off of Waiyaki Way. The décor is really sophisticated and modern; the ambience was fantastic! There was a bar off to the side that looked like it was lively and fun too. We started with oysters…a risk since we weren’t sure of the quality. But they turned out to be really fresh and tasty! Would definitely order again. Then we heard the lobster “cappuccino” was really good, so we gave that a try too. Was a solid lobster bisque.
Mike decided to get the fresh fish of the day and opted for parrotfish. Now, we’ve seen these many times snorkeling—they’re the really rainbow colorful ones. But we had never seen it on a menu. Mike said he wanted to try it just so next time he went snorkeling he could say “haha, I ate you!” Silly. =) But you know, we think there is probably a good reason you never see it on menus…because it didn’t have much flavor. Ha! The restaurant drowned it in a smoky sweet sauce which got overwhelming, but at least presentation was impressive?
I got the fish kiev, which was fish stuffed with shrimp over some greens. Was good but nothing to write home about. I think we are both really spoiled after New York. Will have to reset our food expectations here. But the ambience was great and I think we both would come back and maybe try some different dishes. We saw a lot of people ordering mussels and shellfish so maybe that’s the way to go.
So, another year older, and what a year 30 was—leaving NYC, traveling throughout Asia, and then moving to Africa. Not for the faint-hearted. 31 I know will be more of this adventure and I can’t wait until Nairobi starts to feel like home.