Sunday brunch at the Marula Mercantile

Sunday brunch at the Marula Mercantile. PHOTO | JOHN FOX

What you need to know:

  • Around Nairobi there are a number of garden restaurants to choose from these days. Karen way, there is the smart Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden on Karen Road, and also the even more expansive (but not so expensive) Dari Restaurant along the Ngong Road. But I found that the Marula Mercantile is rather special.
  • Among the “small plates”: homemade doughnuts, with tree-tomato jam; blistered shishitos with sea salt and chili flakes; butternut squash fritters, with tamarind yogurt sauce.
  • And among the “mains”: buckwheat pancakes, with caramelised bananas, candied pecans and whipped cream; mushroom and goat cheese tart, with cucumber and tomato salad; shrimp po’boy, with fried prawns, lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce. Interesting? Different? Yes?

It was early Sunday morning and I had no place to go. I opened the laptop and brought up KenyaBuzz. It didn’t fail me.

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