Are you looking for a restaurant with the best Kenyan dishes? Search no further. A single room restaurant covered or built with coconut palm fronds, popularly called “makuti, which has an open entrance and a large menu as big as a door sells some of Kenya’s favorites. But on the menu all the Kenyan favorites are badly spelt. Okay on the menu, if you come across “blach tea”, it simply means “black tea”, while searching for githeri could get you tired unless you search for giteri instead. Going by the food prices, this is a common mwananchi’s restaurant just at the center of Ukunda town in Kwale. The cost of any kind of food in makuti ranges from Sh10 to Sh40 per plate. It is very much affordable right?
When you step inside the restaurant, there is a table with two benches and stools right in the middle of what is famously known as mama nitilie kiosk which means lowly restaurant. Now, guess who runs this my favorite restaurant? A foreigner from Germany who works with his 57-year-old Kenyan wife with whom he lives in a rented Swahili house. In the little chat I had with the 71-year-old German chef, Wolfgang Fley, he disclosed the following lesser known facts about his restaurant. Read below to see what he has to say about his restaurant.
“I cook and sell githeri, cabbages, sima, chapati and other dishes and will soon start making pilau,” This sounds quite awesome to me
Fley also disclosed that he was a chef in Germany and cooking is his favorite job.
When he was asked why he couldn’t open a nice joint along the beach, Fley answers that, “There are no tourists flocking the Coast now and Kenyans will definitely buy local.” According to him, the restaurant has existed for one year as it was opened in January last year, but many of his clients are local business people in the adjacent Ibiza market.
In the words of the German chef, “Kenyan meals are easy to cook,” as he hastily rushed to get change of Sh500 for a customer.
Fley also mentioned that he is surviving on his pension.
The foreign chef employed just one waitress whose name is Maureen Samuel. She was employed in the restaurant to help cut down language barrier. Hence, she assists in communicating with customers who don’t speak English or German. If you haven’t gone there yet, give it a good try soon.
What do you think about this foreigner who cooks some of Kenyan favorite dishes? Do you think he will cook it as well as the Kenyan local next door? Tell us waht you think in the comment section below