By Isaac Blessings
Kitengela is a fast growing urban area in the outskirts of Nairobi situated in Kajiado County but within the Nairobi metropolitan area. The town is a bustle of activities as vendors take almost all available space while matatus and Tuk Tuks compete for passengers. Kitengela has been a magnet for many Kenyans looking for employment opportunities (or working) in the many factories that dot the area.
Land is also fairly cheap making it affordable to buy and build homes or commercial buildings. Kitengela is however famed for its finger licking nyama choma. Most people flock to different joints in the area mostly on weekends to enjoy this delicacy with friends, colleagues or family.
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In this article, WoK highlights the top ten nyama choma joints in Kitengela.
Club 034 is arguably one of the most famous nyama choma joints not only in Kitengela but the entire Nairobi metropolitan area. What makes it unique is the plane that was converted into a restaurant where one can sit comfortably inside the static plane and have a taste of what it feels to be onboard a plane while being served by the hospitality team dressed like air hostesses. Apart from just sitting in the plane, the restaurant offers a bunch of activities such as live music performed by your favorite Kenyan celebrities. It has ample parking and tight security so you won’t have to worry about anything while enjoying your nyama choma. It is popularly referred to as ‘The Pride of Kajiado.’
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GMC Kitengela is a perfect place for a family getaway especially on weekends. Apart from just enjoying your delicious nyama choma, this place is equipped with different activities mostly for young kids. It is commonly referred to as the ‘Disneyland of Kenya.’ The restaurant is situated in a cool and serene environment along the Kitengela – Namanga highway giving it a perfect view of the surrounding plains.
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Pavilion XV is one of the popular entertainment joints you need to definitely check out while in Kitengela. The restaurant which is owned by comedian and TV Host Mwalimu Churchill offers tasty nyama choma in Kitengela. It is usually packed to capacity during weekends with music mixed by notable DJs and music performances by some of the best musicians in Kenya. If you are a guy who loves wild parties and crowded places then this is the place you should be. Patrons can enjoy their nyama choma alongside their favorite drinks. It has other amenities such as a barber shop and car wash and spa available which acts as an icing on the cake.
Halcyon Lounge and Grill
Halcyon lounge and grill is a restaurant located along the Kitengela – Namanga highway just next to club TC. This restaurant is the biggest competitor to Pavilion XV giving them a run for their money. Famously known as ‘Kitengela finest’, it is well known for its nyama choma. It is usually packed to capacity on weekends especially Sundays where most middle and working class Kenyans visit to have a taste of nyama choma accompanied with their favorite drinks. You can also enjoy a football match displayed in the huge 3D screens or vibe to the music performed by guest deejays and artists.
Meat and Grill
Meat and Grill restaurant is another stop where you can enjoy well-prepared nyama choma at pocket-friendly prices. This restaurant is located off the Nairobi – Namanga highway just a few kilometers from Kitengela town. The restaurant offers take outs where one can place an order through their various social media platforms and get your nyama choma delivered for free around Kitengela. The place is usually not so crowded, offering a perfect environment for a date, a business meeting or just hanging out alone if you are a chilled type of a person.
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Hotel Nomad makes it to the list of the best nyama choma in Kitengela. It is located along the main road to Isinya and is mostly visited by wealthy individuals in the area. The place is divided into two sections – the inside part where you can enjoy live music and watch a football match on the screens and the outdoor setting where you can chill and enjoy the outside view. The hospitality team there is quite efficient and welcoming which makes it one of the best places to get a well-prepared nyama choma.
Pork City is located right at the heart of Kitengela town just adjacent to Eastmatt supermarket. This place is famously known for its well prepared pork ribs nyama choma. If you are a guy who loves pork then this is a place you should definitely check out while in Kitengela. The meat is served alongside Ugali, kachumbari and traditional vegetables of your choice. The place can get quite busy on weekends and parking can prove to be a hard task although you can park right next to the road near Eastmatt supermarket.
Yuko’s restaurant is a restaurant located along the Kitengela – Isinya road just five kilometers from Kitengela town. The restaurant is one of the most preferred and highly recommended in terms of getting quality and affordable nyama choma. The place has a chilled kind of vibe where you can sit down and enjoy your delicious nyama choma outside the hustle and bustle of Kitengela town. The ambiance there is quite captivating and the green environment acts as the icing on the cake. It is a perfect destination for a first time date or short meetings involving a small number of people.
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Olerai Hotel is a fancy hotel located in the heart of Kitengela town. This hotel is mostly frequented by the middle class residents of Kitengela. The hotel offers one of the well prepared high quality meat in the area. Although the prices might be a little bit high, the experience is definitely worth spending your money on. The nyama choma is served alongside ugali, salad and vegetables of your choice according to your preference. The hospitality team there is welcoming and efficient making it one of the best nyama choma destinations you should definitely try.
Nasinya Grill and Restaurant
Nasinya Grill and Restaurant closes for us the list of top ten best nyama choma joints in Kitengela. The restaurant which is located along the Kitengela – Nairobi highway offers the best nyama choma in town. It is a favorite joint for most people especially during weekends where people flock to enjoy the nyama choma accompanied with their favorite drinks. It has ample parking as well as tight security so you won’t have to worry about anything when visiting this restaurant. If you are a genuine nyama choma lover then this is one place I totally recommend.
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