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The Carnivore

The Carnivore is the ultimate ‘Beast of a Feast’  A variety of  meat including ostrich, crocodile and camel, t is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed price feast that also includes soup,a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the décor are outstanding.

The Carnivore is also home of the Simba Saloon, a delicious a la carte restaurant by day and Nairobi’s most popular nightclub. The informal indoor/outdoor atmosphere, exceptional snacks and the pulsating rhythms of Africa combine to ensure an exciting ambiance.

THE CARNIVORE NAIROBI – 1980

Situated 4 kilometres from the city centre, The Carnivore opened its doors in September 1980 to instant success. The food, service and atmosphere are strikingly different from anything ever seen in Kenya. The Carnivore is a meat specialty restaurant and it is referred to as ‘the ultimate ‘Beast of a Feast’.  Twice voted amongst the world’s 50 best restaurants by an expert panel in ‘Restaurant ‘ magazine Carnivore is described as ‘amazing’

The Carnivore since its inception has played host to over 2 million customers from across the globe including numerous celebrities. In fact the Carnivore visitors book read like a global who is who! Whole joints of meat – legs of lamb and pork, ostrich, rumps of beef, sirloins, racks of lamb, spare ribs, sausages, chicken wings, skewered kidneys, even crocodile, and other tasty morsels – are roasted on traditional Maasai swords over a huge, spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant.

Constantly basted and turned until cooked to perfection, the meat is succulent and well flavoured. The Carnivore doesn’t conform to the familiar restaurant traditions of passing out menus and waiting for people to order. Diners simply take their seats on the Zebra striped chairs and the movable feast begins. First comes the soup of the day then a sizzling cast-iron plate is placed in front of each guest along with a plate of home baked brown bread and butter.

An army of carvers wearing zebra striped aprons and straw hats then move from table to table carrying the Masai swords laden with different prime meats deliberately carving unlimited amounts onto the sizzling, cast iron plates in front of each guest. Accompanying the meat feast is a wide selection of salads and vegetable side dishes, and also a variety of exotic sauces made from the Carnivore’s own recipes and stacked on to a double storey-revolving tray in the center of the table.

The feeding frenzy doesn’t stop until defeat is declared by the over-fed guests who signal that enough is enough by lowering of a white paper flag perched atop the central tray. This is followed by dessert and coffee. The full meal including a soup course is at a set price. A vegetarian menu is also offered. First time visitors to The Carnivore are enthralled by the spectacle of the roasting pit, the service and the distinctive flavours of food.

The atmosphere of The Carnivore combines the rustic feel of a rural environment with the feeling of a medieval banqueting hall. This was accomplished by the use of streams and tropical gardens throughout the restaurant, and by using rough-hewn beams and local woods. Another famous feature to set the tone of the Carnivore experience is the house cocktail The ‘Dawa’ ( which means medicine or magic potion in Swahili).

This is based on a famous Brazilian drink, and was introduced to Kenyans at The Carnivore. It has now become one of the most widely consumed cocktails in Kenya and it is brought to you on a portable tray by the medicine man fittingly named Dr. Dawa. Adjoining the main restaurant is the ‘Simba Saloon’ – a vibrant informal restaurant that incorporates a children’s playground (very popular at weekends) and a lively nightclub.

The Simba Saloon provides an alternative to those who do not want to indulge in a large meal serving pizzas (from a traditional, domed, brick oven), an extremely popular salad bar at lunchtime, steaks, hamburgers, scampi, trout, chicken, and other light snacks. The nightclub operates from Wednesday to Sunday and has themed nights to cater for fans of contemporary African music, rock, soul, jazz and the latest hits.

The Simba Saloon is well known for hosting some of Africa’s best musicians and also many international ones such as Maxi Priest, Yellowman, Sadao Watanabe, Manu Dibango, Salif Keta, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Ismael Lo, Habib Koite, Hugh Masakela just to mention a few. The Carnivore has struck the rare balance of catering to a cosmopolitan blend of local residents whilst becoming a must-see stop off for tourists.

The Carnivore has a seating capacity of 420 in the main restaurant and caters to a cosmopolitan blend of local residents. It is also one of the most popular tourist restaurants and regularly caters for large parties of tourists and delegates. The Simba Saloon has a seating capacity of 450 and can hold up-to 2000 persons for concerts.

The Carnivore and the Simba Saloon can be combined to create the most spectacular ‘gala events like the Carnivore African Experience or Carnival parties for more than 1000 persons where the mood is one of complete fiesta complemented with bands, traditional entertainment, fire eaters, stilt walkers, food streets, or whatever the theme preference may be.

Soup of the day with homemade fresh brown bread
**
Selection of charcoal roasted meats which include:
Leg of beef
Haunch of exotic meat (Ostrich)
Leg of pork
Leg of lamb
Pork spare ribs
(Crocodile – when available)
Chicken tikka
Chicken yakitori
Chicken wings
Chicken livers and gizzards
Pork sausages
Beef sausages
**
Salads and side dishes
(mixed salad, rice salad, kidney beans, corn relish, coleslaw)
Sauces
(garlic, fruit salsa, sweet and sour, masala, mint, chilli)
**
Choice of desserts
(apple pie, cheesecake, strawberries and ice creams)
**
Kenyan coffee

Special Offers Of The Month

WHITE WINES

Nederburg Sauvignon Blanc (South African)
Simply excellent with a dry, fruity finish

Indomito (Italian)
Crispy with an attractive fruit bouquet

Orvieto Classico (Italian)
Medium-dry and reliable

Graham Beck Chardonnay (South Africa)
Elegant with firm crispy structure

RED WINES

Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon (Chilean)
Smooth with a blend of aromatic flavours. Explosive on the palate!

Chateau Libertas (South African)
Dry, medium bodied with an appealing bouquet

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon (South African)
Barrel aged and fruity

CHAMPAGNES

Charles Heidsieck Brut
An excellent, well made champagne

Moet et Chandon Dom Pérignon
The world famous superb vintage champagne

Piper Hiedsieck Brut
Simply excellent and good value

SPARKLING WINES

Nederburg Première Cuvée Brut
A good dry Sauvignon blanc from South Africa

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut
Lively and well balanced with a fine bead of bubbles from South Africa

Swartland Cuvée Brut
An excellent soft sparkling wine from South Africa.

NON-ALCOHOLIC WINES

Chamdor – White Sparkling from South Africa
A lively, delicate grape bouquet

Eva – White Sparkling from Spain
Pasteurised apple juice

Chamdor – Red Sparkling from South Africa

A lively, delicate grape bouquet

Eva – Peach Sparkling from Spain

Pasteurised pears, grape and apple juices

Carl Jung – White Wine from Germany
Always consistent

Carl Jung – Red Wine from Germany
Always consistent

FRENCH WHITE WINES

Piat Dor Blanc

Medium dry, fruity and always reliable

Graves Blanc Sec. Calvet
Dry, smooth and extremely refreshing

FRENCH RED WINES

Soleil Cabernet Sauvignon

Smooth, spicy with well balanced tannins

Piat D’or Rouge
Medium dry, fruity and well made

Merlot ‘Reine Pedauque’
Excellent with a complicated spicy flavour

J. P. Chenet Cabernet Syrah
Great taste of Côtes De Gascogne

ITALIAN WHITE WINES

Orvieto Classico
Medium-dry and reliable

Villa Antinori
Dry and simply excellent

ITALIAN RED WINE

Villa Antinori Classico
A chianti of distinction

ROSÉ WINES

Mateus
The biggest selling wine in the world

Nederburg

Light bodied and very pleasant

SOUTH AFRICAN WHITE WINES

Carnivore House White

A pleasant dry fruity white, excellent value

Nederburg Première Grand Cru
A delightfully light, dry wine

Nederburg Prelude
A fine blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay

Zonnebloem Blanc de Blanc
Dry and Subtle

Tamarind White

Excellent medium dry wine, very popular

Simonsig Chardonnay
Full bodied with beautifully integrated fruity aromas and inviting bouquet

Simonsig Vin Fume

Light with a lively dry fresh sensation and a complexity of fruit and wood balance

SOUTH AFRICAN RED WINES

Carnivore House Red

A full bodied red, excellent value

Nederburg Edelrood
Uncomplicated, light bodied table wine

Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon
A magnificent powerful red

KWV Shiraz

Medium bodied, lively red colour with smoky peppery varietal characteristics

Malan Brothers Adelberg Cabernet Sauvignon

Plum coloured smooth, medium bodied structure

Libertas Merlot
A soft medium bodied with a fragrance of fruit flavours

KWV Rooderberg

Full bodied red wine. Always consistent

Bellingham Classic

Fruity and aromatic with smooth tannin finish

Simonsig Pinotage

Lively with a classic balanced fruity taste

KWV Pinotage
Medium bodied, fruity nose, smooth with a lingering aftertaste

KWV Cabernet Sauvignon
Lightly bodied, ruby colour, walnut flavour with subtle oak character

Simonsig Cabernet Sauvignon
Soft with spicy oak and fruity aftertaste

Graham Beck Cabernet Sauvignon
Full bodied with complicated fruity nose and admirable tannin
finish.

DESSERT WINE (SOUTH AFRICAN)

Simonsig Vin de Liza (375ml)
An excellent noble late harvest wine for after dinner

AUSTRALIAN WHITE WINE

Angove’s Colombard Chardonnay 2000 (Butterfly Ridge)

Dry white with a clean crisp finish

CHILEAN WHITE WINES

Gato Blanco Chardonnay
Brilliant with apple and floral flavours riding smoothly to a polished finish

Sunrise Chardonnay
Dry, full bodied with herbaceous taste

CHILEAN RED WINES

Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon
Beautifully fruity, rich berry flavours, tinged with herbs and a hint of roasted coffee

Sunrise Cabernet Sauvignon
Full bodied, powerful and velvety on the palate.

KENYAN WHITE WINE

Yatta Colombard
Elegant dry white wine with a distinct fruity aroma and character

GERMAN WHITE WINES

Liebfraumilch Black Tower

Medium, fragrant and refreshing

Kendermanns Dry Riesling
A complicated, deliciously refreshing wine with peach and lime aromas
and a lingering finish

HUNGARIAN WHITE WINE

Kunsagi Chardonnay
A rich full bodied wine with a dry crisp elegant flavour

SPANISH RED WINE

Viña Albali Gran Reserva
Magnificently powerful, spicy and fruity with well balanced tannins

CONNOISSEURS CORNER
In addition to our very comprehensive wine list, we have the pleasure of being able to offer the following wines which have been exclusively selected by the Carnivore Restaurant.

WHITE WINES

MARQUES DE CASA CONCHA CHARDONNAY 2001 (CHILE)
Excellent full bodied with an amazing long aftertaste

CASTILLO DE MOLINA RESERVA 2001 (CHILE)
Magnificently well structured, full bodied with distinctive peach, honey and vanilla flavours

LINTON PARK CHARDONNAY 2001 (SOUTH AFRICA)
An elegant style with pronounced ripe fruit spicy aromatics and lots of complex Chardonnay flavours.

MONTES ALPHA CHARDONNAY 2002 (CHILE)

Elegantly endowed with luscious fruitiness and spiked with
herbaceous fragrance.

MURRIETA’S WELL VENDIMIA 1994 (CALIFORNIA)

Full bodied with a complex fruity character. Deliciously smooth with a lingering velvety finish.

RED WINES

MARQUES DE CASA CONCHA MERLOT 2002 (CHILE)
Brilliant medium bodied wine with explosive aromatic flavours on the palate

CASTILLO DE MOLINA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2003 (CHILE)

Full bodied and well structured with aromatic sweet finish

LINTON PARK MERLOT 2001 (SOUTH AFRICA)

This shiraz has all the satisfying aromas. Starting the nose with aromas of fresh ground pepper, cinnamon, raspberry and hints of vanilla for extra complexity

SIMONSIG TIARA 1999 (SOUTH AFRICA)
Well structured with a firm, dry, fruity long elegant finish

SIMONSIG FRANS MALAN 2000 (SOUTH AFRICA)
Wine of rare quality distinction. Full bodied with a long lingering aftertaste

RUPERT and ROTHSCHILD BARON EDMUND 2001 (SOUTH AFRICA)

A classic blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot with explosions of complicated flavours.

CABO DE HORNOS 2000 (CHILE)

An outstanding wine, enhanced by Cabernet Sauvignon with alluring red berry fruit and sweet spice character and classic velvety finish.

WINES BY THE GLASS OR CARAFE

Carnivore House White
Crisp South African

Tamarind House White
Excellent medium dry wine from South Africa

Carnivore House Red
Full bodied South African

COCKTAILS

Dawa
Made famous at the Carnivore Vodka, fresh lime juice, sugar, honey and ice cubes

Mojito
Rum, sugar cane and lime juice with fresh mint, Ernest Hemmingways favourite!

Margarita 
On the rocks…or frozen – Fruit flavour of the week
Tequilla, triple sec and fresh lime juice

Rum Coladas 
Pineapple, passion or banana and ice

Bloody Mary
Vodka, tomato juice, lime juice, spices, and ice

Crocodile in the sky
Vodka, orange liqueur, passion juice, lime juice, and ice

Strawberry daiquiri
Navy rum, lime juice, sugar, syrup, fresh strawberries, and ice

Tequila sunrise
Tequila, orange juice and grenadine

Fred fudpucker
(cousin to Harvey wallbanger)
Tequila, galiano, and resh orange juice

Electric blue
Gin, vodka, Kenya cane, blue curacao, sprite and ice

Martinis!!! 
Traditional with gin – Vodkatini…with vodka
Of course…shaken, not stirred

White Wine
1 /4 ltr carafe
1 /2 ltr carafe

Red Wine
1 /4 ltr carafe
1 /2 ltr carafe

The Carnivore has a seating capacity of 420 in the main restaurant and as one of the most popular restaurants in East Africa  regularly caters for large groups. The private dining room and adjoining bar adjacent to the main restaurant comfortably seats 50 people and enables customers to enjoy the general ambience of the Carnivore in privacy.  It is an ideal setting for corporate functions.

The Simba Saloon has a seating capacity of 450 and can hold up-to 2000 persons for concerts.

The Carnivore, Simba Saloon and Carnivore Gardens are ideal venues for cocktail parties, gala dinners, products launches, weddings etc. The maximum capacity in the Carnivore Main restaurant  when combined with the Simba Saloon seats up to 800 people and can even accommodate  substantial stand up dinners for up to 1200 people.

The Carnivore Gardens is able to hold up to 20,000 people for a concert and 10,000 for special events.  Porta-domes and tents can be set up to accommodate a significant  number of people.

 The price would be confirmed at the time of the booking for clarity reasons.

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