Estate restaurants flipping the script on street foods

There is nothing quite like a homemade meal, something about it makes it feel like a warm hug from grandma. And as much as “street food” tries to offer that feeling by presenting some very imaginative and craveable food, something just seems a miss; until now.

It is for this reason that restaurants are now marrying the two elements and creating an eating culture that Gen Z is appreciating.

By marrying minimalistic food on-the-go which could be a rolex (fried eggs wrapped in chapatti), samosa, and mshikaki on a stick or other authentic flavors, new pop up restaurants are working hard to keep consumers interested.

Restaurants are adopting to the consumer eating habits which have shifted from the traditional three-meals-a-day and also adopting to an ethnically diverse taste preferences than previous generations.

One such restaurant is Tavis in Buruburu Phase four, which opened its doors last year and has since become the go to spot for fish fingers, chicken nuggets, pork ribs and tasty pilau. The cozy restaurant with unique design elements and modern lighting has created the perfect ambience for a new level of creativity and freedom that traditional restaurants do not offer.

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Chef Peter David Kirugo says they literally had to step up to the plate by spicing things up to cater to the clientele seeking the new flavours at an affordable price. To stand out from the crowd meant that they also had to source organic foods fresh from the farm.

“Once we learnt that people are no longer interested in the typical generic dishes. We had to experiment with new menu choices and introduce new flavours and that is what set up above the rest,” Mr Kirugo says.

Chef Kirugo adds that despite the big portions they have maintained customer friendly prices since they get the meat and vegetables from Paradise Farm in Kikuyu, Kiambu County, while the tea and coffee are locally sourced from Nyeri County.

“We are into fresh, organic, food that is not just good for the body but also the soul. And because we do not want to limit this good food to Buruburu we stay updated on social media and are on Bolt,” he says.

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