SUPER AFRICAN DELICACY, RANALO-KOSEWE : Part 1 of a 3 part series
It’s quite a busy place especially during the peak hours between 11:00 am to around 2:00 pm every weekdays and even weekends Nairobi time. Though spacious, sometimes it can be congested as people from all walks of life i.e. Public servants, patrons, NGO’s Workers, Families and Tourists occupy during the peak hours but Stacy says breathing space is an important part of having an enjoyable dinner in any restaurant. Among the recent famous visitors was Mark Elliot Zuckerberg of Facebook fame. On a sunny afternoon this is one of the best place in town come and bask in the Nairobi afternoon sun and hang around as you sip a drink either indoor or outdoor, but many prefer outdoor at the balcony as they feel the breeze and ambience of the city. Unlike other hotels where you sit as you wait to get served, Ranalo routine is walking to the counter as you pay for the food of your choice and later wait to be served however sometimes that causes confusion but the waiters are on the watch with smiley faces ready to show you the process. The prices are pocket friendly ranging from Kenya Shilling 300.00 and Kenya Shilling 600.00 for a good meal, Kenya Shilling 100.00 and Kenya Shilling 300.00 for fresh juices, packed juices and a bottle of tusker beer.
Their menu is local and real first class tradition including;
fish, coconut stew and fried Tilapia, roasted beef, goat meet, Spinach, Rice, fried liver, Brown Ugali, sukuma wiki, kienyeji chicken, chicken choma, white rice, mitoo, osuga, dek, Aluru(Quail) and Osuga, gizzards and fast foods (food to go) like french fries.
After the feasting, the bar which is also just withing the building but on the adjacent corner also serves Tusker beer cold (baridi) or any other drink to accompany the food. The meat is hot and already cooked in advance and ready to go at short notice. The cultural cuisine is simply amazing, an experience on its own. They also offer takeouts, delivery and outdoor seating. This is one of the major joints for the Western Kenyan tribe from Kisumu, the Luos. with their staple cuisine dorminating the menu. Among the favorites by the appetizing Tilapia fish. Let us just say that you cannot visit Nairobi City without visiting this joint, otherwise your visit will be halfway and incomplete.
Story: by Willow Mark