SOME 'HOCUS POCUS'
[Mobil Petrol Station, Nyali Lights]
- - I have a slight
confession, writes NOSHER.
I had real doubts that
we would ever see the words "fast food" and
"Mombasa" appearing in the same sentence. As our upcountry
friends never tire of telling us, the pace of life is ... well, slow
at the Coast and like the notion of "jumbo shrimp" and
"military intelligence" the idea of fast food on the Coast
has just the whiff of mutual exclusivity.
But I was wrong. True,
it took longer to build Nando's than Hadrian's Wall and it is slightly
difficult to get in and out of but it was worth the wait.
We went there on a
Saturday morning after the Nyali Cinemax matinee with four children
eager to give it a whirl.
The choice is extensive
but falls into three broad categories of grilled chicken, pizza,
burgers and fried chicken with ice cream for puds.
The marketing guys
really extended themselves in coming up with the names: Chicken Inn,
Creamy Inn and Pizza Inn for the three sections.
In fact with four
children and two adults it took slightly longer to actually decide
what to eat than to prepare and deliver it.
The children customized
their pizzas and chose the Hocus Pocus. For the more particular
amongst them this meant conversations along the following lines:
"I'll have the
Hocus Pocus with everything except, green peppers, green olives,
salami and tomatoes",
"So you just want
the pizza base then?"
"Oh. No, I'll have
it with ham and pineapple, but no black olives and just a few
"Daddy, what's the
difference between green olives and black olives"?
"The colour and the
All the children's meals
come with a small carton of juice and a nasty plastic toy that you
just know will hang around the house until it breaks or until the dog
However I'm sure the
children didn't think so.
Us grown-ups went
respectively for the fried chicken and chips, which was excellent and
a marvellous treat for the arteries, and the grilled chicken breast in
pitta bread, a more health conscious choice.
There are also good
vegetarian options on the pizza menu for those not carnivorously
Our young food tasters
were all in agreement that the whole thing was very good.
They made ample use of
the spotless loos and the wash hand basin in the restaurant itself,
but didn't find time to get really hot and bothered on the bouncy
The young Nando's staff
is all clued up and friendly and on subsequent lunch time visits I
have noticed that people from town offices are making the quick dash
to Nando's as an option to the eateries of downtown.
My word !
What with real fast food
and a brand new cinema Mombasa really is shining itself up.
Be there or be square.