It’s the type of meat you can remember for a lifetime, the type of meat that builds memories and creates lasting impressions. Naturally grazed, grass fed, freshly butchered, and supremely roasted.
It’s meat that you feel good about devouring, it consists of grains you can feel and an Africa you can taste! Nyama Choma is truly at the top of Kenyan food.
Nairobi style nyama choma is a dream come true for any carnivore.
What is Nyama Choma?
Nyama choma literally means “roasted meat.” Most of the time goat is the default genre, but beef (ng’ombe) and chicken (kuku) are also quite common and can be very delicious too.
Nyama Choma in Nairobi is usually eaten off a communal cutting board, as the main dish, with others dishes on the side.
What do you eat with Nyama Choma?
Some prefer just straight meat and salt. Others like a bit of kachumbari (combination of chopped tomatoes, onions and cilantro, sometimes avocado) or pili pili (chili). For starch, ugali (cornmeal starch) or greasy chips (French fries) are common.
Nairobi has no shortage of Nyama Choma joints, some are clean meat roasting restaurants while others range from slightly dirty to grungy. I myself am a huge connoisseur of all things roasted meat in Nairobi and don’t mind venturing to unsanitary conditions to locate the tastiest bites of protein.
Where to Eat Nyama Choma in Nairobi?
Kenyatta Market Nyama Choma
Head to Kenyatta Market during lunchtime hours. There is a strip of clean stalls set up at the entrance of the market, all serving the same basic menu. Don’t struggle or get haggled by too many aggressive touts, just choose 1 stall, have a seat, and then order from “1” guy.
The goat and chicken are the two meats of choice at Kenyatta Market. Some of the stalls serve kachumbari with an added touch of avocado, enriching the mixture and complementing the meat.
I recommend Kenyatta Market as some of the best Nyama Choma in Nairobi!
City Park Hawkers
Towards the back of 1 of Nairobi’s largest fresh vegetable markets is a haven of nyama choma. The makeshift roofing consists of plastic pieces and tin sheeting, imprisoning the clouds of meaty smoke that pour from the grills. The meat is hot and fresh and the ambiance is truly a Nairobi experience. Butchers will slice steaming pieces of meat for you to sample!
Nairobi West Alley Streets
Neighborhood areas throughout Nairobi are hot spots for mystery cuts of roasted meat. Laced with fat and covered with flies that also want a taste, these types of eateries can turn into great adventures.
Hint: If you stumble into this sort of nyama choma, choose some freshly hot roasted cuts!
Note: Only for the adventurers with strong stomachs!
These are a mere few suggestions out of countless nyama choma restaurants throughout the entire city of Nairobi. Whatever neighborhood you are in, there is an opportunity for Kenyan grilled meat right around the corner.
Don’t miss out on eating Nyama Choma.