The Carnivore is an open-air restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya.
It’s specialty is meat, and features an all-you-can-eat meat buffet.
The Carnivore is reported to be touristy.
Mincing no words, many travelers have labeled it a full-fledged Tourist Trap.
But if you’re interested in a lively dining atmosphere perpetuated by an out-going staff, it’s said to be the place to go (at least once, just to say you’ve been). They serve ox balls there, which sort of makes attendance mandatory.
Famous more for the presentation than for the food itself, the meat is skewered on Maasai swords, roasted over a coal pit, carved table side and served on cast-iron plates.
The Carnivore opened its doors in 1980 and became an instant success. It was praised for its game meat and the unique experience it offered.
The UK magazine Restaurant named it one of the “World’s Best 50 Restaurants” in 2002 and 2003.
The following year Kenya imposed a much-praised ban on the sale of game meat and there were fears that the restaurant might go under, yet it remained a popular tourist destination.
Nowadays, it serves the meat of domestic animals, including rumps of beef, legs of lamp and pork, racks of ribs, sausages and chicken wings, as well as ostrich, camel and crocodile meat.
It does have a vegetarian option for those who are forced into attendance.
Both lunch and dinner include salad, soup and a range of side dishes, followed by desserts and Kenyan coffee.
And, of course, there’s the famous Dawa.
Take 126 matatu from the town center in daylight hours and walk the 1km from the main road. (There’s a signpost just past the Wilson Airport.)
At all other times, take a taxi.
11:30 am to 11:00 pm