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THE DISH: There's a new Mama in town

Wednesday August 22 2018

The gorgeous Afro-inspired decor at Nyama Mama Capital Centre.

The gorgeous Afro-inspired decor at Nyama Mama Capital Centre. PHOTO| ABIGAIL ARUNGA 

By ABIGAIL ARUNGA
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Like I said in my last piece, I went to check out the new Nyama Mama as soon as it opened. Check it out I did.

I will tell you the things I loved best about this brand new Nyama Mama experience. Don't worry, though - the fact that it is a brand new doesn't mean they've let go of the good old Nyama Mama magic.

 Check out this lovely seat right at the entrance - perfect for while you're waiting to be seated.

Check out this lovely seat right at the entrance - perfect for while you're waiting to be seated. PHOTO| ABIGAIL ARUNGA

The new outlet is at Capital Centre on Mombasa Road, and brings a much needed breath of fresh air to the mall. Before, the only food options were the often empty food court with a Galitos, Mister Wok (which I think has since closed shop) and Java -don't get me started on this.

They have a hot air balloon.

They have a hot air balloon, kind of. Perhaps waiting to take your aesthetic taste buds on a journey above the skies? PHOTO| ABIGAIL ARUNGA

The entry of Nyama Mama and a (clean) Naivas supermarket has done a great deal for this mall's facelift – so much so that I might actually start going there again.

The décor is the same, but done across a much larger area – and it is beautifully done. The space that Nyama Mama now occupies was previously Haveli's, and even though I had been there before, I had no idea that the actual space was so large!

They have kept it looking great with cute little additions like the Platform Nine and Three-Quarters signage under the administrative area, a few members being represented from Kenya's wildlife and quirky add-on, including but not limited to a hot air balloon basket. You got to love what Nyama Mama manages to accomplish in terms of ingenuity and nostalgia.

The outside seating area at Nyama Mama Capital.

The outside seating area at Nyama Mama Capital. PHOTO| ABIGAIL ARUNGA

I like that they've kept more or less the same menus, with some of my favourites like the chapatti quesadilla staying on board.

chicken quesadilla, with kachumbari and guacamole.

I always have this at Nyama Mama; chicken quesadilla, with kachumbari and guacamole. PHOTO| ABIGAIL ARUNGA

However, I think they need to be a bit careful about service on this new branch. It appears as though they chose to do a whole new overhaul with the staff and the service is, unfortunately, lacking.

The waiter got our order wrong, another didn't know how to describe what exactly was on the menu – and I am sure, dear reader, you can see why this would be a problem.

Pork chops, Mukimo and kachumbari .

Pork chops, Mukimo and kachumbari . PHOTO| ABIGAIL ARUNGA

To be fair, the hostess and the branch manager a were perfect in their conscientiousness. While expansion comes with new staff, I would have preferred if they had brought over a few people from the old branch to look over the new branch, and train the newbies.

Aside from that, I was well-pleased with my visit to Nyama Mama, and hope to go visit there again. Let me know what you enjoy there – the ribs are a personal favourite, and I must go back to test the cocktails.

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