Twas Burger festival week here in Nairobi similar to Nairobi Restaurant Week(which comes at the beginning of the year) and Pizza Festival(which comes later in the year) put together by EatOut where for a couple of days(often eight days) select restaurants sell two burgers for the price of one at lowered prices. It is a fantastic time to indulge in delicious burgers and to sample other restaurants. I am a sucker for good food and I enjoy trying out new restaurants but for some reason I always miss out on burger festival. This year I wanted to go but life happened and I missed it. AGAIN! So I was pretty bummed and trying to nurse my FOMO by not staring at burger pics while
endlessly scrolling down my Instagram.
My God is good! A friend told me it had been extended for a few more days and I knew for sure I had to take advantage. My friend Mbuki (amazing blogger at Alasafiri )and I had been planning for months to do a restaurant review so we figured this would be a great opportunity to do so and catch up.
First impression is everything and I was impressed by seeing this beautiful tuk tuk and the elephant head on the wall on entering the restaurant. Definitely had me at hello!
We were immediately attended to and taken to a table but being ourselves we had to take a gazillion photos before sitting down.
What caught my eye was the decor and ambiance in general. The restaurant has a very cosy, eclectic vibe. What impressed me even more than the elephant detail on almost everything and the beautiful mural on one of the walls was the rustic walls with the exposed copper rods and bulbs hanging from the industrial style ceiling. I absolutely loved the modern, industrial, rustic and artsy feel to it.
On to the food…
The burger section of the menu had a few options so we did not have a variety to choose from. Mbuki ordered a beef burger and I ordered a chicken burger.
Service was swift and the burgers were served to us in no time.
On seeing the burgers I had to admit I was disappointed. They looked so small and the fries were on the minimal side too. They looked and smelt tasty though so that kind of put my disappointment at bay.
Both burgers were delicious!
They were both very tasty and hit all the right spots. The beef was tender and juicy with a perfect blend of spices. The chicken was spicy, juicy, saucy and simply fantastic to say the least. You could tell that all ingredients were fresh.
I can no longer decide whether it’s pizza or burger any more. For now burgers win- specifically The Big Elephant Chicken burger plus I’ve blogged about burgers twice(here and this post) and pizza once so 2-1 is a clear win for the burgers..
Funny thing is after initially complaining about the size I was actually full by the time I was done eating. Do not let the sizes fool you. The burgers are filling.
I have to give it up to The Big Elephant for the bomb burgers! Kudos guys!
For drinks we ordered cocktails. My go to cocktail is usually a mojito but i decided to switch it up but not stray too far so I had a berryjito which was fruity, minty, sweet, fresh and absolutely amazing. Mbuki’ s was a mint something( i honestly don’ t remember the name and neither does she) but it was very sweet and citrusy. I loved it!
After stuffing our faces, we decided to check out the sitting area outside(perfect for the sunny days) and the bar. There’s lovely lounge area which is perfect for a group of friends catching a drink or just chilling.
Back inside this beautiful space.
We of course had to take pics on this ride.
We had a great time at The Big Elephant Café. Burgers were at shs 790 which is pretty affordable and cocktails range from shs 690-790.
Beautiful space, great service, delicious burgers, yummy cocktails and great value for money- this place is a sure win! Be sure to check them out!
It was an amazing first burger festival experience. So shout out to EatOut for coming up with Burger Fest.
Peep Mbuki’s blog here.
How was your burger festival experience?Let me know in the comments below…
And kama kawaida,