Our visit to Tin Roof Café was the delectable treat we had been planning with Josie for the longest time and it did not disappoint us. The entire experience can be described as a sensory attack that we were not ready for. Alighting from the dusty Karen bypass, we had no idea what awaited us, as the café came as a referral from a friend.
Thank God for Google Maps. That was Josie’s idea, I, on the other hand, wanted to go the Kenyan way by asking the nearest ‘soldier’ we came across. Tin Roof Café, located at The Souk, is opposite the newly constructed Karen mall, The Hub.
The contrasting sights featured the dusty environment from construction of the bypass and the lush greenery from the Café’s surroundings. Walking into this space was equivalent to walking into a different dimension. Birds chirping, chicken clucking, tree branches silently swaying in the direction of the wind, and a smooth background reggae tone was our introduction to Tin Roof Cafe, and what a nice way that was.
A chalked blackboard with a wise quote from Walter Wintle gave us something to ponder about as we were ushered into a quaint and chilled restaurant through a flower arc. See below. You’re welcome.
“You’ve got to think high to rise
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
you can ever win the prize
Life’s battles don’t always go
to the stronger or faster man
But sooner or later the man who wins
is the man who thinks he can“
The warm lighting and the simple but classy décor created a relaxed atmosphere and we quickly and easily felt at home.
We were not ready for the taste assault that lay in wait. The salad bar featured foods that I still don’t know what they are but which still make my taste buds linger in anticipation. Josie ordered a chicken wrap and a salad and I was the rebel who ordered breakfast for lunch. The cold mint pine juice was the perfect accompaniment in the otherwise hot and dusty afternoon in Nairobi.
Absorbing the sights, scents, and sounds of the space allowed us to appreciate nature which we so often take for granted and whet an appetite for knowledge. We hit the books, o.k, who are we kidding.. we used them for props and they turned out pretty good, no?