"Fogo Gaucho" Steak House and Lounge Bar
5 of 5 stars
Kenyan_Connoisseur 77 contributions
Jul 23, 2008
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This is currently my absolute most favorite restaurant in Nairobi. First of all, it's in a very safe area that's gated so you don't have to deal with vagrants waiting outside to pounce on you. Then for the active, it's near Gypsy's, a popular club so you can stroll over for drinks and a dance after dinner if you can move! Pavement used to be right next door but has since closed.
People go to Carnivore for the amazing meat selection but it's been lacking in variation and quality for the past two years or so. Fogo Gaucho (literally Brazillian Cowboys) sprung up as competition I think and they have every single all-you-can eat restaurant beat, stomachs down. The place is a "meat paradise" as they advertise but the last two times I've been there, I've gorged myself silly on their salad bar and ate very little meat! Unlike Carnivore which passes out a bowl of romaine lettuce, they have salad bar with every single salad and dressing you can imagine. They also offer at least two hot plate choices from the bar. There was a shrimp bisque last time which had more shrimp than bisque!
Once seated, they tell you what's on offer and you have a coaster by your plate that's red on one side and green on the other. When you're ready to be served, turn it on to green and the food just keeps coming. Roast quail, chicken drumsticks, roast chicken, garlic roast beef, rosemary lamb, pork, deep fried shrimp, turkey, more beef, more grilled fish - the choices are too much! On top of that, they offer fried bananas (which I highly recommend in between meals) and fries. When your plate is full and you want to stop the ever roving servers, turn the chip to red. It's not like Carnivore where you have to "surrender" with raising the white flag. You can stop and start anytime. They have desserts but I confess I never got to them.
Yes, I'm a bit anti-Carnivore because the last time I went there, I spent over $30 pp, £15 (Kshs. 2,000) for a very poor meat selection (tons of beef, pork and chicken sausage which is mystery meat anyway!). I enjoyed the Dawas though.
Fogo Gaucho prices are incredibly reasonable. $20, £10 (Kshs. 1,300) on Thursday - Saturday and on weeknights.....$15, £7.50 (Kshs. 1,000)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The drinks are good but I didn't go there for them. They have a nice bar area for before and after drinks and also a big screen for the footie fans. It's a really great restaurant for the value and quality and highly recommend it. Dress comfortably!