Taking it day by day: Snack away



Snack away

There is a place at Prestige Plaza that’s called Swahili Plate. I had been told that I’d find most swa snacks there. At first I was sceptical. The few times I have eaten bhajias here in Nairobi I have been left wondering why I just didn’t fry battered potatoes at home.

The place has awesome viazi vya karai, mahamri (not maandazi) vibibi, kaimati, mkate wa sinia, bhajia za Kiswahili (I prefer bhajia za kihindi though) and to top it all they make the real ukwaju to go with the viazi karai. Damn! I have never been happier. And there was some masala tea to wash down all that! So Nakeel, si you mentioned something about ukwaju? Now?

The prices aren’t thaaaat bad. A dozen of kaimati goes for 120kshs. Kaimati moja 12 bob. A bit outrageous but this is Nairobi, I guess it’s allowed. In Mombasa you go selling kaimati moja 12 bob utaufilisika a.s.a.p. – those things go for max 2 bob.

I heard they serve biriani – have to try that out next time I am there.

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21 Comments:

At April 27, 2008 4:38 PM, Anonymous 31337 said...

sounds delish. but the prices sound steep, i hope that shall be offset by the level of quality. will be sure to drop by when i am in the vicinity. that menu makes me hungry! [feel free to take liberties with that one..]

 
At April 28, 2008 8:24 AM, Anonymous threetypesofcrazy said...

we muswahili kabisa!!!!!!!!

 
At April 28, 2008 9:34 AM, Blogger bantutu said...

Asi! When did this happen. Sa pesa za care taker aje? Ama utanizungusha tu. . .
3 otc, and din some!
Mkate wa sinia
wali wa mchicha? :D

 
At April 28, 2008 10:12 AM, Blogger Farmgal said...

kaimati moja ksh12 hahaaha wako na jokes lakini I love those things! Glad you're back!

 
At April 28, 2008 10:24 AM, Blogger Half n Half said...

I know that place but I always pass on my way to chinese (they know my name!)
But try the biryani then tell me!
I miss good food

 
At April 28, 2008 10:24 AM, Anonymous Kirima said...

Yes I know the place and have had lunch there a few times but not being an expert on swahili cuisine I play safe and just go for pilau.

 
At April 28, 2008 11:06 AM, Blogger Nakeel said...

Uko twaenda sema lini dadake. Kwanza viazi karai tena kuna ukwanju wuuuii sijui nitoroke kazi leo.
I know a place in town they sell Mahamri at 20 bob.

 
At April 28, 2008 11:24 AM, Blogger egm said...

Karibu back!

I've had the biriyani. It's great!

But there's a roadside kiosk in Mlolongo that serves the best coasto dishes I've had huku bara. And for the price of one meal at Swahili Plate, you get enough food to feed two, plus drinks thrown in!

 
At April 28, 2008 11:44 AM, Blogger Chatterly said...

@31337 - the quality is so good you even forget you are eating a 12bob kaimati.
@3toc - na tena:-)
@bants - nione ofisini. wali wa mchicha? kaka umevuta nini?
@FG - yeah it sounds crazy but those things are so sweet alafu ukiambiwa one dozen 120bob you are already drooling hata you cant protest.
@h&h - biriani lazima tujaribu...will let you know
@kirish - achana na pilau, rukia biriani sasa uonje utamu.
@Nakeel - tutapanga tukajishindilie mapochopocho :-)
@EGM - sasa huko mlolongooooo? tutafika when?

 
At April 28, 2008 3:26 PM, Anonymous bOMSEH said...

How are the chapatis?

 
At April 28, 2008 3:26 PM, Anonymous bOMSEH said...

How are the chapatis?

 
At April 28, 2008 4:37 PM, Blogger egm said...

Next time safarini ya Pwani mwambie dere asimame kidogo hapo kiosk ya Mlolongo ufurahie mlo. Or when coming back, traffic is usually so bad, you can get off, eat, and find the bus has still not moved!

 
At April 30, 2008 4:40 PM, Anonymous modo now hungry... said...

aahaaaaa, yes, the biriani is tight...and the kaimats are delightful...(nilidoea za mwingine)..yes, it's an awesome place...

 
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interesting .. welcome back

 
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