Disco Balls and Thai Street Food - DusitD2 Nairobi

When I walk into a bar in Nairobi there are several things I expect to see, a massive glowing face however, was not one of them.

DusitD2 Nairobi




Before I go on about how cool and trendy Nairobi is getting, I think it is necessary and meaningful to mention recent events in Kenya. Just over two weeks ago 147 people, most of whom were students, were shot dead by militant group Al-Shabaab. This devastating attack occurred at a college in Garissa, located in the North of Kenya close to the Somali border.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal. #Garissa

Aside from the immediate heartbreak, this appalling event has long standing ramifications for Kenya. Tourism is one of the main industries and sources of employment in the country and due to Al - Shabaab it has taken a drastic downfall.

Amani Upendo na Umoja - Peace Love and Unity. My thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones. 

I would never recommend to anyone that they visit somewhere that is unsafe but I would like to stress that the attacks have focused on Northern Kenya and the northern coast line, but the game reserves in the south and many of the tourist spots have not been affected. Equally since the attack at Westgate Shopping Mall security in Nairobi has greatly increased.



Kenya is a large and beautiful country which has a lot to offer to travellers. I can only hope that terrorism does not win and that people still come to visit this incredible place. If you are looking for safe places to go please feel free to message me or you can check out my blog posts on the Masai Mara here, and about Diani beach in south coast here and here.

Diani Beach, Kenya

Ok, so the glowing face it turns out was just the start of the very funky and very modern design decor at DusitD2 Nairobi; a boutique hotel and Nairobi's latest hangout spot.

The head turns into a DJ booth at night.. how cool is that?

My Dad first found out about DusitD2 when he went for a business meeting here a few months ago... and yes being important enough to go for business meetings in fancy hotels is definitely my new life goal.

Zing Bar at DusitD2 Nairobi

So after having heard good things about this place I was delighted when my parents brought me here for a welcome back dinner over Easter.

The Familia looking smart

There had just been a downpour when we arrived so unfortunately we couldn't sit outside, but I of course managed to have a snoop around to check it out for next time!


 After prancing around in my heels taking photos of all the unique pieces of furniture we sat down for some cocktails at the bar.

A Bird In A Gilded Cage - (It's a song, look it up!)


 I went for the Witch Doctor which was fruity and light and definitely healing!

Treating Myself

My mum went for a vodka tonic which looks the same everywhere in the world so no photos there, but my Dad stepped up and had a gin Martini. The glass looked sexy, the taste... well if you like pure (high quality) ethanol you would love it but I'm personally not a Martini fan.

Shaken, not stirred... sorry I had to!

At this stage I was ravenous so we went to SOI, the hotel's thai restaurant. Soi means "street" in Thai and the cuisine here is meant to reflect thai street food classics with a contemporary twist.


The lighting was a little off for this photo but I just loved these seats at the entrance, and yes the wall is made of hundreds of empty vodka bottles.

I wonder who drunk all that vodka


Past the vodka bottles brings you to the main restaurant where you can choose to sit in the central section or in a secluded booth. I know I keep mentioning how much I like booths but sure I'll say it again... booths are great!

SOI at DusitD2 Nairobi

For starters we shared the Duck Spring Rolls and the Tiger Prawns.

Duck Spring Rolls at SOI

Both were delicious, I especially liked the Tiger Prawns as it was a very generous portion and the sauce had so much flavour.

Tiger Prawns at SOI

I couldn't decide what to have for a main so my Dad and I split the Lamb Curry and the Chicken Stir-Fry.

Lamb Curry at SOI

Again, I couldn't fault the food, it was all excellent. My favourite was the Chicken as I loved the satay style sauce and the cashew nuts.. yum!

Chicken Stir Fry at SOI

All of the portions here are rather large so we couldn't manage to fit in a dessert, instead we went back to the bar and ended the evening with some tea.

Life as it should be, sitting in my throne


Liakada

12 comments:

  1. It's a pity about the attacks! Keyna seems like a wonderful place, be faces in bars or not haha.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. It is great I swear! :) Haha the face was definitely surprising.

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  2. Looks absolutely wonderful, even though it might not be the safest place to be at. I love the caption at your last photo too ;)

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

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    1. Haha I think I really need a throne ;)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  3. Hopefully Kenya's tourism will recover. The hotel looks lovely especially the lamb curry. I love the modern design touches Lucy x

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    1. I really hope so Lucy! The lamb curry was delicious, I wish I could get it delivered.

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  4. Wow, this looks absolutely incredible !!

    Alex x
    www.myfroley.com

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    1. It was a fun night! Really good food :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  5. This hotel looks lovely; the food looks delicious and the intimate dining booths look ever so inviting! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

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    1. It was so nice! Loved all the cool design pieces. I hope more places like it open in Nairobi :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  6. The food looks amazing! I would love to visit Keny one day.

    www.LUXESSED.com

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    1. I really hope you do! It is a great place for a holiday!

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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