Over the years, Kenya’s coast city, Mombasa, has evolved into a wide-ranging food scene. Located on the South East coast of Kenya, Mombasa’s cuisine is influenced by majorly Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines, offering a variety of sweet tastes and flavours, with some of the beautiful restaurants overlooking the Indian Ocean. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, these amazing fun spots will offer you a wide array of delicacies that will leave you wanting more. From exquisite intercontinental joint to authentic African cuisine, check out our guide to Mombasa’s restaurants you need to try. These best restaurants in Mombasa serve up delicious dishes, unparalleled hospitality and one-of-a-kind dining experiences in Kenya’s oldest and second-largest city.
A delectable Japanese restaurant situated in the heart of Mombasa, Misono offers perfectly prepared, authentic Japanese cuisine. The traditional gong sounds as soon as you enter the restaurant, ushering you into a whole new Japanese world, complete with Kabuki style, hibachi tables, laidback elegance and very neat space. The seafood is very fresh, not to mention the perfectly rolled sushi. They also have the reputation of serving the best chilli prawns in the city.
Blue Room Restaurant
If you’re looking for African classics with a touch of European, American, Indian and Pakistani influences, the Blue Room Restaurant & Ice Cream is your place. The restaurant boasts of an authentic pizza oven right in the centre of their open plan kitchen. Alongside their traditional curries, they also offer burgers and milkshakes, giving you the home-away-from-home experience. However, the most notable aspect of their menu is their cold ice cream, providing relief from the piercing Kenyan heat. They are usually at the top of the list for visitors looking to relax and enjoy familiar favourites in the heart of Mombasa.
A waterfront restaurant located within the Hotel EnglishPoint & Spa, the Karahi restaurant, brings the essence and flavour of authentic Awadhi cuisine known for their love of the finest things in life in Mombasa. Their expert Chef Rajendra Arya flown down from Lucknow, India is set to recreate the luster of the bygone Nawabi era with the confluence of rich ingredients, unique cooking styles and age-old recipes. Its worthy to note that the Nawabs were instrumental in redefining the Indian culinary experience in Kenya’s coast city. The spot is open for lunch and dinner 12 pm to 11 pm.
Looking for authentic noodles, chow mein or rice that’s a stand-alone and not automatically paired with the local Kenyan fish curry? Then Galaxy Chinese should be at the top of your list of restaurants to visit in Mombasa. They also serve gourmet Chinese cuisine such as black bean beef, perfectly cooked, crispy duck with homemade pancakes and sauce. Ginger crab and garlic chicken are also on the menu, a relieving alternative to the regular spicy foods common with the area.
Located in the middle of Old Town, this restaurant offers a great ocean view and a lovely view of the Old Mombasa Port. At Forodhani Restaurant, all dishes are served straight from a pan dish, and you can enjoy local historical sights and a great selection of drinks on the menu.
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