Authentic taste of Mexico in Nairobi

The playful decor of the Mercado Mexican Kitchen and Bar. PHOTO| JAN FOX

What you need to know:

  • There are two exciting new faces of Nairobi’s food scene: the Mercado Mexican Kitchen and Bar, and Fonda NBO.
  • Two brothers who left Kenya on a culinary adventure found themselves in the small town of San Miguel de Allande in Mexico.
  • Here they were inspired by a woman called Tia Maria, who ran a local inn and prepared delicious meals for them using fresh ingredients from a nearby mercado (marketplace).
  • This is the experience they aim to replicate at the Mercado Mexican Kitchen and Bar.

I’ve said for a long time that Nairobi’s burgeoning culinary scene has lacked a decent Latin American inspired restaurant.

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