Grab A Tasty Bite At These Top 10 Restaurants In Mombasa

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My trip home is almost coming to an end and I have just a few more days of truly being able to just “relax & chill”. Also, my hogathon comes to an end *sniff*. I spent one whole month training my mind and gut to devour every bite with no guilt, only because I knew that this wouldn’t last forever and I should just enjoy it before I go back to eating clean. But before I leave home, I’m going to take your through a mini gastronomical journey of what I ate in Mombasa. For all home cooked meals head to Mayuri’s Jikoni (she spoils me silly) and for the rest, follow along.

Sham E Bahar
Located in Kizingo, this restaurant is our go-to takeaway place. With quick service and some of the most delicious rolls in town, this restaurant is perfect for anyone who likes their barbecue and grill. We generally order paneer tikkas, egg chapatis and chicken kabab rolls which come with three different sauces that are seriously yum. I’m so glad it’s close to home.

Mnkafe
Right next to Sham E Bahar, you’ll find this quaint little cafe that serves up some delicious waffles with some very exotic twists. On this trip, I’ve gone to the cafe twice with mum, and both times we had coffee and waffles. Even the cupcakes look really divine. My favourite waffle so far is the Arabian one which comes with nuts, dates, whipped cream and ice cream (guilty pleasures). So naughty but sooo yummy. Also, try the ginger coffee and saffron tea.

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The Moorings
We’ve been going here since we were kids and each time I go, I still find myself oohing at the beautiful location. The Moorings is a floating restaurant nestled in the Mtwapa Creek that comes with the most spectacular view and a fairly relaxed vibe. Generally the pizzas and seafood dishes are to die for here, but last time we had an ok-ok experience which I shared here. However, because it’s an old favourite of the fam, I’m still going to make a visit on my next trip home. The view is worth it all.

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Aquadrom Yul’s
If pizza is what you seek, you’d most likely be directed to Yul’s.  This beach-front restaurant has been around since we were kids and it’s still one of the most popular joints in town. It has the beach, water sports and some really tummy-and-heart-filling firewood pizzas that make the perfect setting for beach-goers. They serve up a huge menu filled with seafood, steaks, gelatos, pizzas and pastas. However, in all these years, I’ve only ever ordered pizza cause I love ’em. The greedy monster in me awakens here.

Bollywood Bites
When you want some masala in your life then you head to Bollywood Bites. From chaat to dosas to maru na bhajia, this place is your quick fix solution when you miss all the yummy food of India. Also, they do a fab job with the meals and twice a week they have offers on their dosa- buy one get one free. For a perfect weekend, I would say, go fill your tummies here and then go watch a Bollywood movie at Nyali Cinemax.

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Cafe Mocha
After the movie, if you need to discuss how completely stupid the story was but you still loved it, then head to Cafe Mocha which is also in Nyali Cinemax. Here you can sit and enjoy some coffee and also hookah- if that’s your thing. I went here yesterday on a lunch date with mum and Daxa aunty, and we ordered a bean salad, paneer tikka and veggie lasagne. It was all yum. We also sneaked in a chocolate tart. Oh! And I highly recommend their passion fruit and tree tomato juice (read: tropical at its best).

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Caffesserie
If cafes are your scene, this place is a must visit. From coffees to salads to pizzas to desserts, it pretty much has it all. I love the general vibe of this place and the food is really good. I haven’t been here too often, but next time I’m going to try really hard to not order a pizza and instead call for the salmon steak that looked so damn good (spotted on the next table). They also have some divine-looking gelato, which we skipped because we’d already stuffed our faces. I heart the creme brûlée is also yum.

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Regal Corner
For me no trip home is complete without having some Mombasa mix and a handful of samosas with some mabuyu or passion fruit juice. This is one combination that I know I wouldn’t find anywhere else in the world and it counts as a milestone of my trips home. Dad takes us to Regal Corner which is in Aga Khan. We generally order exactly this with a side of kebabs. Quick story- when I was a youngling, every Friday I used to go for ballet classes (I know, I know) to the Little Theatre Club here in Mombasa. It was dad’s parental duty to pick me up after class and he’d always always come with a bag of samosas which we would sit and eat in the car. It was our little secret- a pact between our guts and soul.

Forodhani
We went here for mum’s birthday and then again when the big bro was in town. I quite liked the food here and the view is just spectacular- it looks out at the sea. The restaurant offers swahili cuisine, seafood, kebabs and more hunger-inducing dishes. We ordered fish tikkas, egg chapati and peri peri chips which left our tummies happy and full. Next time, I’d like to go for lunch and maybe order the fresh catch of the day with local flavourings, cause I hear it’s pretty good.

Galaxy Chinese Restaurant

For my entire life I have always compared any Chinese grub to the dishes I’ve had at Galaxy. Again, this is an old favourite of the family. We’ve had so many family dinners, parties and get togethers here whilst we were growing up. Two things I highly recommend- the spring rolls and the pepper fish which I love with a side of noodles. In recent years, they moved and nabbed the best spot in Lighthouse, where you can sit and watch ships go buy while you eat. Nice, eh?

Phew! So here are my top ten Mombasa restaurants that serve up some pretty awesome dishes. I know I’ve missed out on a few, but there’s only so much my tummy can handle. Saving the leftovers for my next trip home.

Until next time.

P.S. I live for pizzas.

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11 Comments

  1. Oh this is such a fantastic list, I love having lists like these from people who have insider information for when I travel. Keeping and sharing!

  2. Although I have no idea when I will have the chance to go to Mombasa, I still enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for your suggestions. I’ll need them one day.

  3. Shame bahar ..very slow service.have been there many times and was very disappointed.food comes very late almost an hour after ordering.
    The rest i would give a thumbs up.!..To add 1 more ..HASHMI RESTAURANT…

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