For years, Tin Tin has become a defining part
of the city’s landmark — Kenya International
Conference Center (KICC), attracting lots of office
workers nearby and even presidential patrons.
"The former President of Kenya, (Daniel) Moi, was
a very good patron for us.
"He comes almost once a month here and pay always
"Then (former President Mwai) Kibaki and now
(President) Uhuru (Kenyatta).
"They all like to enjoy our food," says Tin.
"Former President Moi really likes our chicken
"He ordered this dish every time.
"He even asked us for the cooking tips," adds
Danis, an office worker of an insurance company
near the KICC, says he is a frequenter of the
restaurant, which is conveniently located inside the
"It is the only Chinese restaurant in the highly
competitive downtown area.
"Besides, its food has been adapted to our
taste," says Danis.
"My favorite dishes are fried shrimp and fried
pork, which you can also find in a Kenyan
High quality food consistently served over the
decades has helped maintain a loyal clientele, says
Enoch Kivunaga, Senior Chef of Tin Tin.
"My experience depends on the customer.
"If I cook good food they always come back, no
matter they are presidents or ministers," says the
Facing challenges from other outlets in the new
era, the restaurant has modified its business
strategy by including outside catering into its
"We should be able to supply a meal in that 250
kshs (about 2.4 U.S. dollars) to 300 kshs range in
mass and work out the logistics to move around to
offices," says Jamie Pujara, Tin’s nephew and