The Talisman Restaurant Review

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Happy New Month My Friends! ๐Ÿ˜€ Are you ready for an exciting Culinary Adventure?! The Talisman Restaurant is possibly one of Karen’s best-known-secrets…

If you are curious to get ‘in the know’, peak your taste-buds and let’s find out why!


A few weeks ago, Wanjiku Thuo and I put on our ‘foodie hats,’ to go sampling the menu at Talisman Restaurant. I was pretty thrilled, as the Talisman Restaurant had been on my ‘Restaurantย  bucket-list’ for sometime now, since my friend Amira recommended it! ๐Ÿ™‚


How To Get There…

The Talisman Restaurant is located in Karen, about 2 minutes drive from the Karen Shopping Centre.

You can also, pick a Matatu no. 111 from the CBD and a little past Karen Shopping Centre, alight at St. Elizabeth… Talisman Restaurant is opposite St. Elizabeth, to your right.

Tip: Call in advance to make a reservation.


The Talisman Restaurant: First Impressions

Walking in, you may not guess the beauty that lies behind the small, all-white structure… But there are subtle hints to it, with the large Swahili style windows and lovely rugs adorning the doorway. ๐Ÿ™‚

Talisman Restaurant



I particularly liked how they’ve played with a rich mix of colors and eclectic dรฉcor of Asian and Moroccan influenceโ€ฆ

My moods instantly spiked up thanks to the warm, uplifting ambiance of the restaurant. ๐Ÿ™‚





Our rare Nairobi sun had come out to play, so you know we had to do the most! ๐Ÿ˜€ We chose to sit outside in their lovely, airy garden…



Consistently Spectacular Service

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~ Maya Angelou


When we finally sat down to eat, our patient server, Anthony brought us the menus. I noticed that he was knowledgeable about every item, making rather helpful suggestions about what to order…. ๐Ÿ™‚

Honestly, that makes all the difference because ordering ร  la carte is a big struggle of mine!



Later on, Alphonse- their longest serving Waiter came to say hello and gave us a little History about the Talisman Restaurant.

He’s a kind soul, and you can feel his passion for the job from the way he speaks… He also told us about his fresh, special chilies that he grows in his garden. We had a taste, and it’s a real banger for chili lovers! ๐Ÿ˜€

Talisman Restaurant

Alphonse the great!



Fresh Organic Food For Days!

This, is simply the best part and I know you know it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

One of the things I miss most about being upcountry, is freshly-picked food from the shamba! They have an organic garden at Talisman where they grow most of their produce, so I was ready to put it to the test!


Starter of the Day: Chicken Wings and Samosas

Anthony suggested these Starters, and he was spot on!! ๐Ÿ˜€


Feta and Coriander Samosas, served with Chili Ginger Jam



Talisman Nyati Wings, served with Blue Cheese & Chive Dip, Crudities


The chicken wings were hot, tasty and crunchy; it’s a must try! With the blue cheese dipping sauce, it’s best enjoyed while hot!

Wanjiku and I agreed: the fresh Feta and Coriander samosas tasted better than most meaty samosas of these days! Must be the fresh veggies! And one is simply not enough! ๐Ÿ˜€


Main Course: A Mini Foodie Trip To Morocco!

For my main course I chose the Moroccan Spiced Beef with Bhajia, because if you can’t go to Morocco (yet), bring Morocco to you! ๐Ÿ˜€

Talisman Restaurant



The beef was extra soft and flavorsome; you can taste the various spices and ingredients…

The bhajias were to die for! My goodness, I wish they served bigger portions though! Because I would certainly go back for them! ๐Ÿ™‚



Wanjiku went for the Braised Belly of Pork, served with Potato wedges. The pork crackling you see placed on top, was quite something… and I’ll leave that tidbit for you to find out when you visit! ๐Ÿ˜‰




We were pleased to note that though they get busier, the ambiance stays the same, maintaining the quietness of it allโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚

>>The meals at Talisman typically cost between Kes. 1,500 and Kes. 2,500.

>>The Talisman restaurant is perfect if you are looking for a quiet, scenic place to work or for an intimate lunch or dinner.

>>There’s a children’s play area, so it can work well for a family outing as well.


We finished off our lunch with Lavender and Caramel Ice cream for dessert. Two words- Yum yum! ๐Ÿ˜€



Talisman Restaurant

Open, Full Happiness!


Our sincere thanks to the entire team at the Talisman Restaurant for making our visit pleasant and indeed memorable! ๐Ÿ˜€


Thank you for reading my friends! ๐Ÿ˜€ Did you enjoy the read? I love hearing from you; be sure to leave a Comment down below with your questions and/or feedback; I’ll be sure to respond! ๐Ÿ˜€



<<Stay. Inspired. Always>>







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  1. Talisman
    Restaurant in Nairobi Kenya

    320 Ngong Rd
    Nairobi Kenya
    0705 999997
Talisman Restaurant Review
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  • Ambiance
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My Take

I must admit the Service and Ambiance at Talisman did not at all disappoint.
>The staff seem motivated to serve and are pleasant to customers
>I would recommend an increase in the portions of the accompaniments, esp the Bhajia and Potato wedges
>I like that the ambiance of the restaurant matches the ambiance in the Ladies’ Room. Very few places manage or care to do this.

Overall, we had a great experience! I would happily recommend you make a visit to the Talisman Restaurant for a taste!

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  • Reply
    Vivian wanimo
    February 11, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Looks lovely only wondering if the portions are filling

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      February 11, 2019 at 9:59 pm

      Truthfully, I took away because I was so full! ๐Ÿ˜€ And our kind waiters were great at advising us on what order would be filling… Enjoy Viv! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    September 17, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Great read! Sounds like an amazing place to try out

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      September 20, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      Hi Wacuka!Thank you for reading and yes it is! Do give it a try sometime! It should be perfect with the sunny weather ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply
    September 17, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Been to Talsiman before and it brings such sweet memories indeed. You took me back down memory lane. A romantic place to go for an evening or Sunday afternoon. Job well done Scrapbook journeys .

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      September 20, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Oh wow! I am glad to hear you’ve been! I am always happy to hear such great feedback! Time to go back and create some more memories right? Thank you for reading dear ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    September 14, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Awesome !

  • Reply
    September 9, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    This makes me want to go try their chilli recipe… Good stuff as always.

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      September 10, 2018 at 6:14 pm

      Yaass! Cheers to Chilli lovers like you coming through! Do go visit! Thank you for reading Sam and for the comment! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply
    September 8, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Good stuff girl what a way to complement them I would like to go there I have a feel of it..

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      September 10, 2018 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you Fina! I believe you would truly like it at Talisman, so yes-go for it!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for reading!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Fiona Etyang
    September 8, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Am hungry…looking forward to visiting to get a taste of the foods served.
    Great piece

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      September 10, 2018 at 6:12 pm

      Hahaha I feel you Fiona, I felt hungry too while writing this post- Lol ๐Ÿ˜€ And yes, all the more reason to visit and sample the foods! Thank you for reading!

  • Reply
    September 8, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Been there once and I loved it. Reading your blog made my tastebuds water for Talisman again

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      September 8, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      Oh Nice Susan!Thank you for reading! Haha, sounds like it’s mission accomplished on my part! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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    September 8, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    A good review…. You made me wanna have a taste of the their chilli

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      September 8, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you Ray! I am glad to hear it! I hope you’ll visit soon to get that chilli taste down! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply
    September 7, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Good stuff….I love how you write my appetite has been’ wetted’

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      September 8, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      Oh wow Shiku, so kind! Thank you! I hope you visit Talisman and satisfy the appetite, yes? Thanks a lot for reading and for the comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    September 7, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Woow I’m hungry now I love their presentation the place looks cool
    Thanx Marion

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      September 8, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Hahaha Yaay, now you have every reason to visit and quench that hunger right? ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks a lot for reading and for taking the time to comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

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