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? 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 . . . and a breath of fresh air. Literally, as they have a garden dining area, as well as indoor and patio. 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 🙂 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. 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.