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The Thorn Tree Restaurant at Sarova Stanley revamps its menu.

This new menu embodies a smart eclectic cuisine, creatively designed, presenting plates using pleasing colour effects and offering balanced meals. It also has a wide selection offering a balance between classic and innovative in its approach towards beverage and culinary offerings.

The revamp is eyeing a piece of the growing urbanite middle class interested in experiencing great culinary adventures, who will also appreciate that it offers a selection of the highest quality of locally sourced produce to enhance flavour and texture.

Sarova Hotels Managing Director Jimi Kariuki says the revamped menu exemplifies the restaurant’s passion in food and beverage, which is an important aspect of guest experience at all the Sarova Hotels properties.

Some of the dishes on the menu include Oak-fired certified Angus beef fillet medallions topped with ricotta stuffed Portobello mushroom over mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, and the pan-seared duck breast and confit leg, both from the meat section. For sea food delicacies, the choices include the red snapper Zanzibari, and the Cajun grilled jumbo prawns on skewer.

Sarova Stanley is one of the oldest hotel in the country, holding the prestige of being the only 5-star historical luxury hotel. The menu will also take guests on a historical culinary journey from some specially crafted sections. The Silk Route section for instances that rides on the Asian cuisine theme will offer the Moong Dhal Tadka and the Rogan Josh.

From the Good Old Memory Lane, guests can indulge in the 1902 Chicken Poussin, which has been tossed in chilly butter served with pont neuf potatoes, coleslaw and spicy sour cream. They will also serve the Hungarian vegetable goulash and the Thorn Tree Tilapia Pili Pili among other options.

The Thorn Tree Restaurant is situated at the very same place where a Naivasha Acacia Thorn Tree that was a landmark at a cross road between two trading routes existing before Nairobi was established. The tree was used as the first ‘post office’ by pinning on the trunk, messages for fellow travellers.

The current Acacia Tree at the restaurant is the third generation, last replanted in 1998. At its base is a time capsule with a number of memorabilia that will be retrieved in 2048 when the next generation tree will be planted.

Over 100 years since the hotel was first opened, guests at the Thorn Tree Restaurant will be glad to learn that they will have an experience that Royal safari legends such as Ernest Hemingway, Elspeth Huxley, Karen Blixen, Winston Churchill, President Theodore Roosevelt, Frank Sinatra and Sean Connery have enjoyed.

Chef Godfrey Ouda (right), Executive Chef at Sarova Stanley invites Paolo Marro (left), General Manager Sarova Stanley and Caroline Wandetto, Sarova Hotels Group Marketing Manager to sample one of the dishes introduced with the new menu at the Thorn Tree Restaurant

Carole Muthaura of Engage Burson-Marsteller and Caroline Wandetto of Sarova Hotels
Whitney Nasanga, Mohamed Aligab of Foodies Kenya & Janet Kay from Sarova Hotels