A piece of Dublin comes to Nairobi

The Tav, which is barely three months old and which advertises itself as “the newest Irish pub in Nairobi”. PHOTO | JOHN FOX

What you need to know:

  • There’s not so much humour on the walls of The Tav. But Guinness, the famous black stuff, is there. And that’s what I had to have. The Irish say it’s an acquired taste and you shouldn’t judge it by having just one glass. That’s why I had two.
  • I went for the Dublin Spud Skins: jacket potatoes with melted cheese, and topped with bacon bits, tomatoes, spring onions and sour cream. Elizabeth had the Vegetarian Nachos: spicy tortilla chips, with portions of cheese, refried beans (whatever that means), tomatoes and sour cream.
  • For both of us, the starters would have made a sufficient main course. Next time, I will miss breakfast and make do with a cup of tea before going to The Tav for a Sunday brunch. One criticism though: the house wine could do with an upgrade and a wider choice.

“I expect this is a very good place in the evenings,” my colleague Elizabeth remarked. I reckoned she said that because, just after noon last Sunday, there were only a couple of other tables occupied on the broad terrace in the curved Mirage building and overlooking Chiromo Road. But, by the time we left at around 2 pm, almost all the terrace tables were taken.


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