I love the fact that the restaurant scene in Nairobi is ever growing and new cool spots are constantly coming up. Wasp & Sprout is one of the latest entrants to the city’s cafe scene, and it has totally won me over. Never mind the fact that it is located in Loresho which is a little out of my way, but thank heavens for Uber, aka everyone’s private driver.
This spot checks off a lot of the elements that the hipster/ Instagrammer in me likes in the decor of places I like to frequent. The ambiance is rustic with bold splashes of colour added by a bright orange table here and pouffe upholstered with patchwork ankara fabric there. A wooden shelf stands by the wall right next to the barista/cashier’s counter, and from there I pick out a Lonely Planet guide to Africa which I proceed to pore over while enjoying my cappuccino. A bicycle hangs on the wall right behind me, adding to the somewhat quirky charm of this quaint cafe.
Run by husband and wife duo Chris and Angela, the pair explain that the cafe started as a furniture shop for Angela’s designs. They then bought a coffee machine, and with Chris having had some experience in the hospitality industry, proceeded to develop the eclectic menu which now offers patrons an array of fresh, healthy and delicious options for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch coupled with unique daily specials. They are even developing a special date night menu, and I can’t wait to check that out!
Wasp & Sprout is coined from the names of their two kids, and it is fast becoming one of the trendiest spots to check out in Nairobi. If a piece of art, accessory or furniture tickles your fancy while tucking into your pulled pork and slaw burger or sipping some Merlot, you can simply order and have it in your home at an agreed-upon date. Now that’s what I call a showroom!
Here’s what you should know:
Go with Uber Kenya which is just so reliable and easy to use, as mentioned in this post about 5 apps perfect for people on the go. Besides, the cafe has a wine, cocktail and beer menu with happy hour every Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and you can therefore have fun without worrying about driving home.
Breakfast menu picks:
Ricotta toast- Ksh 400. Has dark rye, ricotta, cucumber, tomato and basil.
Waffles- Ksh 550. With organic honey, or dolce de leche.
Bircher muesli- Ksh 450. Soaked muesli with apple, raisins, yoghurt and honey.
Loresho Housing Development, next to Loresho Shopping Center.
Average price range:
Ksh 700 per person for breakfast, brunch and lunch, which is really fair given how fantastic the food is.
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