I’ve become a creature of habit. Call it old age. Call it laziness. Call it the perils of familiarity. I haven’t been exploring new joints as much as I used to because I’ve found it much easier and more comforting to just stick to my favourite haunts. But then, what sort of “self confessed adventurer seeking sensual pleasures” would I be if I didn’t explore what Nairobi has to offer? Β I decided to reclaim this once beloved hobbie and went out for a lazy afternoon eat and chill at a place I’ve never been before. I settled on Tin Roof Cafe (TRC) in Karen and let’s just say, it was such a wonderful experience.



TRC is a beauty. Rustic, quaint, charming . . . Β and a breath of fresh air. Literally, as they have a garden dining area, as well as indoor and patio. Β The mix and match of colourful chairs and cushions against the white walls is very darling and homely. It kind of feels nostalgic to me to be honest . . . like those old floral pattern pillow cases my granny used to have πŸ™‚ I loved the little details on the tables like the flowers and succulents. It gives off the vibe that you’re in a friend’s home and she’s tried to make an effort for the guests in a subtle way. Again, homely. Like their chalkboard specials menus as well. Β And those amazing aluminium milk cans used as bar stools! Such a unique touch. Plus I love good coffee and they have their own branded ones. How darling is that?


Their menu was well endowed, aside from the fact that they had no french fries or soda *be still my heart.* Instead of french fries, they have a salad bar which on a weekend might not seem like an ideal pig out plan but trust me: it was better than the fries! Yeah, I said it. I’ve actually never had such a mix of classic and novel salads before . . . from potato (with green apples) to a wild rice (or was it quinoa?) salad to a lentils salad to . . . I’m not even sure. I tasted and wolfed down! I had a lasagna that was really good but the salads won me over. My friend had the burger that rocked his world. I had the salad that came with the burger as well. Haha.


My favourite thing was that they have book shelves stacked with wonderful reads . . . how is this even real? And they allow you to swap books with them. Sadly I didn’t know that and had nothing to swap the Spirit Walker book I fell in love with over my time there. I will be back for it.




Everything about this place just works for me. From the location to the decor to the prices and the menu selections. I’ve been keeping this little gem so close to my heart . . . because I just don’t want it to become one of those uber trendy spots that gets so crowded. But I also just had to say how much I love it and share the pictures. Tin Roof Cafe, you sublime Sunday escape, you! I really connected with TRC. And I can’t wait to escape there again soon.






  1. Allan
    May 23, 2017 / 8:58 am

    Wow- seems like the food and unexpected bookshelf really got you. . . through the roof πŸ˜€ need to visit!

    • Oshin
      May 23, 2017 / 9:11 am

      Hahahaa! Good one. And here I thought it was only glass roofs for us gals. Lol. You really do need to go. It’s beautiful. Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  2. May 23, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    They were my introduction to Ottolenghi and their amazing take on salads…havent been here in a while but must venture back!

    • Oshin
      May 23, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      What is Ottolenghi? Lol. Is is a what or a who? Must Google that. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚ And yeah, I need a return as well. That book is waiting for me *crosses fingers*

  3. Tejal
    May 23, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    This! Sounds like the perfect get away. A perfect place to get your mind fresh. And the books section. That has definitely caught my preferences! The decor is amazing as well. Thanks for the recommendation! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Oshin
      May 23, 2017 / 4:47 pm

      Yay! hope you can go there soon and experience the cosy serenity for yourself.

  4. May 24, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    I loveeee Tin Roof Cafe, comes second in line to the Arbor Place. (In my places to eat , hang out and bum for a weekend)
    The ambiance and the dogs are what has me sold , not to mention the books and the vibe there.
    The food is also amazing and I am can’t wait to go there again and try their sandwiches and lasagna.
    Awesome pictures and post.

    • Oshin
      May 24, 2017 / 2:44 pm

      Hi Fred. I’ve actually never been to the Arbor. It’s on my list though. Didn’t see the dogs but I got to meet the hens πŸ™‚ hahaha. I guarantee you will love the lasagna. Thanks dear.

      • Gina
        February 21, 2018 / 11:45 am

        This comment made my day- “Meet the hens”

        • Oshin
          February 21, 2018 / 9:09 pm


  5. May 24, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    Less is always more. Looks like an amazing spot to hide out and just wonder away! Thanks for the amazing insight!

    • Oshin
      May 24, 2017 / 2:43 pm

      Agreed Jocelyn, simplicity is always best. It is the best and you have to try it out some time. Just carry a really cool book to swap and maybe I’ll find it. It’s my pleasure to share and thank you so much for reading and commenting.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *