THAT CHANGED SEX
LA VERANDA, NYALI
- - Many years ago I dined at
Le Pichet, indeed it was in the dying days of the restaurant and
sadly it could offer virtually nothing on the menu since I believe the
'Receiver' was waiting in the wings like the Grim Reaper, writes NOSHER.
In the intervening years
the site of Le Pichet has remained idle but back in November it
came to life again when La Veranda was born.
Of course much has
La Veranda can
boast extensive views of the back end of the Nyali Nakumatt, but more
importantly it has been re-vitalized as an Italian, bar, restaurant
We took some little 'Nosherettes'
for an early dinner a few weeks ago and we were greeted by the
delicious wood smoke smell from the pizza oven on the eponymous
Children make the best
restaurant critics in my book: they care not a jot for the wine list,
the ambience (or "ambulance" as my children will have it),
the prices or the décor.
But they are discerning
when it comes to the speed of service and the quality of the chips or
The babes went for a
"Tonno" and a "Prosciutto" pizza respectively and
then toddled off to watch them being made whilst Mrs. N and I chose
Half a cannelloni for my
Only One and a delicious prawn and crab meat mix for me in a subtle
tomato and mayonnaise based sauce.
I think this was called
"Mare Calno" but whatever the spelling try this dish: it was
There was a slight
kerfuffle about the size of the cannelloni portion, but our very
attentive waiter dealt this with very well.
However Mrs. N thought
the end product a little on the bland side.
There is a very good
selection of mostly but not exclusively Italian wines and we went for
This went down very well
with my mixed grill main course (great chips, by the way) and the
Portafolli Manzo (fillet beef filled with cheese to you and me)
enjoyed by my wife.
The pizzas were deemed
to be "The Business" by the small people, beautifully thin
crust and tasty with it.
The word that kept
popping into my head throughout the meal was "authentic".
La Veranda really has
the feel of an Italian bistro and were it not for the view of the
white hulk of Mombasa’s largest supermarket one could almost imagine
oneself sitting in the Tuscan countryside.
We rounded off the
evening with a wonderful chocolate mousse, which proved to be rather
too rich for the children, but went down a storm with your food
correspondent and given the "Italianness" of it all I felt I
couldn’t really let the evening end without at least one grappa.
Not a cheap meal at just
over K. Shs. 5,000/= for four of us, but good quality and service.
So jump on your Vespa,
put your shades on your forehead and say "Ciao" to La