BON VIVANT: Langata’s newest junk food joint

This neighbourhood restaurant bus provides fast food conveniently coupled with good service.

Saturday March 5 2016

We ordered the meaty pizza, which my partner

We ordered the meaty pizza, which my partner enjoyed. It mostly had frankfurters as its topping, with a tiny amount of minced meat and lots of cheese. T PHOTO | FILE 

By BON VIVANT
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for Langata residents, it has been a challenge to find popular places to go out and eat. Along Langata Road , there is a higher concentration of restaurants in the Karen area, but once you pass Galleria, there are only three: Aero Club at Wilson Airport, The Carnivore, and Chicken Inn at Kobil. For such a populous area, it was wise for the Steers franchise to provide an alternative.

Space is hard to come by, so rather than rent a shop, they repurposed an old double-decker bus. Located within the Oilibya petrol station compound, this bus offers fast food from 10am to 10pm.

The kitchen takes up most of the bus, while the centre windows on one side have been transformed into the order counter. Nearby, a tent serves as the seating area and condiment station.

The brightly-painted purple and orange bus is quite eye-catching. The lady taking your order is bubbly and patient so you can ask as many questions about the food as you want.

Two different menus detail the array of pizzas, subs, burgers and fried or rotisserie chicken options. The prices are fair, and once you put in your order, the smiling lady promises a wait time of 10 minutes.

This set-up is well-suited for take-away meals to eat at home or in your car. If you choose to eat in, don’t go there on Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon as they are quite busy. The tables and chairs were

fairly clean, and there was an effort to provide water and soap in spite of the somewhat rudimentary facilities.

I was impressed because our food arrived in exactly 10 minutes. Kudos to them for swift service. The bubbly lady kept the stories coming for various patrons who walked up to the bus to make their orders.

We ordered the meaty pizza, which my partner enjoyed. It mostly had frankfurters as its topping, with a tiny amount of minced meat and lots of cheese. Their fries are fresh and crispy, and their signature salt

(MSG) still gives it that unmistakeable flavour almost 20 years since they opened in Kenya. Our salad was fresh and the rotisserie barbequed chicken was tasty, if not slightly overdone.

Despite its tiny location, this Steers and Debonairs branch offers everything their counterparts do except for ice-cream. When you are coming from a night out in this region, pass by for your junk food fix. It

appears they may replace the recently closed Kenchic Langata branch that was so popular with revellers. A simple meal for one plus a drink averages at Sh500.

 

Ratings

Food -3/5

Value – 4/5

Ambiance – 3/5

Service – 4.5/5

Hygiene – 3.5/5

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