During the Lamu food festival we were offered different discount rates on food from various participating restaurants we had a chance to dine in. It was enticing of course, doesn’t discounts do that. It is good for business as it attracts foodies from all over.
On the second day of the festival me and my onja team we decided to hit the streets of Lamu, with the main aim of sampling cuisines served in various restaurants along the sea front. Also we wanted to chill , talk and enjoy the day together. Onja team is a group of food and lifestyle bloggers who are masters in their craft and generate great content for their readers. It is comprised of Aika ,Sheila, Kaluhi, Kaz ,Gatuiri , Wangeci , Jayson, Lyra, Sheena and I . I will put up the links to their respective sites after the post. Mind you only seven of us went for the food fest.
Now back to the story , when we got to the Lamu town centre we separated, some individually whilst others in pairs.This is because we all had different ideas in terms of individual approach on blog content. As I and Lyra were wandering here and there we meet up with Fauz Ali who was one of the event organiser and we asked for his help in recommending a restaurant to go for lunch that is luxurious yet standard with great food and of course next to the sea front.
He recommended Lamu Palace hotel and we immediately started the short trek to it. On our way we meet Kaluhi. When we got to the restaurant the rest of the team were there. We decided to sit on the outside area because we needed the breeze and also just to have a sight of the ocean. Lamu palace hotel is situated on the eastern side of Lamu. The restaurant setting is really rad , beautiful and embraces the Lamu architectural designs.
We had almost an hour to eat and relax before we head out to meet our guide who was to take us for a tour deep inside Lamu town. It was part of the programme for bloggers to experience the culture of the people and to see how they go about their day to day lives. So we immediately ordered for mains because we were really hungry and we didn’t have time sample other courses.
Gatuiri ,Jayson and I decided to order pizza together. We were feeling pizzaish , if there is such a word. We ordered polo and lamu palace pizza. Both pizzas had a smoky flavour , which I like and you could tell from the crust that they used a good pizza oven or maker and cooked under a good temperature. Both are what I consider simple type of pizzas that one can easily make at home. I loved the Lamu palace one more because I have never tried fish as a topping for pizza.
- Polo Pizza
It is pizza crust topped with tomatoes ,onions , boneless chicken and mozzarella.
- Lamu palace pizza
It is basically pizza crust topped with mozzarella,tomatoes and mixed seafood. Between the two this was my ultimate favourite. The sea food they used was prawns and fillet.
On the downside they used a lot of cheese as you can see it is dripping from the side. It irked me a bit but anyway I enjoyed it.
So I took a couple of pictures of what my fellow bloggers ate and also had a bit of their food just to have a taste. Generally I loved every single dish they had, the flavours were distinct and mouth watering. Spices were used accordingly and all the dishes were colourful. For the ones that had sauces it added more flavour and texture.
It is pan fried fish fillet cooked with pink pepper corn and served with chilli sauce that is lightly gratinated to finish the flavour. Also it was served with salad, great combination I must say.
It is lightly grilled fish fillet which was marinated in lime, pepper and soya. It was served in a garlic butter sauce, sauteed vegetables and potatoes.
Simply grilled white snapper served with sauteed veggies.
Overall rate of the food
The food was delicious, method of cooking was also excellent, the execution and the presentation was great . I would rate the food a 8 out of 10.
The menu is really easy to go around and easy to interpret. There is a combination of both the modern style of food and the traditional swahili cuisines that we know but with a twist. However it is a bit pricey so be sure to check out their menu in advance online just to be better prepared. I compared the prices to that of restaurants in Nairobi and it was pricey so be wary of that. The menu serves both continental and coasterian dishes.
Lamu palace hotel has a very distinct and beautiful decor / setting. It has embraced the essence of the swahii and arab culture with the modern decor.
It is eccentric and oozes originality especially with particular pieces they have for instance on the below picture you will a see skeleton hangings on the wall. Would, you believe me if I was to tell you that that is a backbone and jaws of a whale.
There are several pieces you can’t miss in any restaurant that is located at the coastal region of Kenya, for example the miniature dhow, paintings , wooden swahili furniture and the beautiful hand painted jars.
All the decor pieces are appealing and have a vintage feel to it. For that I will give it a 7 out of 10.
On the down side the arrangement and flow of the different pieces were out of place and the only wow factor was at the entrance where they had a painting of a sultan , swahili style furniture and the section where they had a boat , whale bones and turtle shells (which I didn’t get a chance to photographer).
The customer service was great as the waiters were really friendly and welcoming. They answered all our questions pertaining to the different dishes we had ordered. The manager was absolutely amazing too as she checked up on us on several occasions. However, the food takes time so it is best you get in early before doing your other activities or check out their menu online and order in advance. But be sure to be there on the agreed time before the food gets cold. On customer service I am giving it a 8.5 out of 10.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and be sure to be on the look out for my next post which will also be a review of another restaurant in Lamu. Be sure to check the rest of onja team sites.
Aika – http://pendolamama.co.ke/
Gatuiri – http://leotunapika.com/
Kaluhi – http://www.kaluhiskitchen.com/
Jayson – http://www.jaytakeapic.com
Lyra – http://lyraoko.com/
Sheena – http://sheenaskitchen.com/
Wangeci – http://africankaya.com/
Until then thank you for reading.