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6 'Not so Lowkey' Places You Can Get a Life Saving Meal for <<Kshs. 1000/-

If you're balling on a budget but still want to enjoy some good food, then this one's for you. This is also a chance to flaunt your new Ksh. 1000/- note 💰💲

We all have that point in our lives where the funds in our bank accounts are sucked into our monthly responsibilities. This situation always sends me into a pool of frustration; but that doesn't mean that I don't deserve good food, even though I'm balling on a budget I DO. AND SO DO YOU!!

This post is a compilation of 6 places you can go to with just Ksh. 1000/-, have a bomb meal and come back with change.


1. Marita's Bhajias

Marita's is in the food court of Magharibi Place, opposite TMall along Mai Mahiu Rd. It's one of my favourite places to visit during the week because it's right next to the school I attend.

Marita's is my refuge when I'm up to my ears with school stress. Those bhajias literally lift my spirits, sometimes I feel like I can even see clearly after I eat them (ok that's a bit of an exaggeration) 😂 When I'm there my usual is a plate of bhajias and a small pineapple and mint juice.

Price breakdown:

Bhajias: 250/-

Pineapple and mint juice: 100/-

Total: 350/-

Balance: 650/-


Food- 9.5/10

Ambience- 6/10

2. Tamtam Fresh Fish & Seafood

Tamtam is along Naivasha Rd, in a mini mall between a car wash and Corner Heights Apartments. In normal restaurants you'll find that seafood dishes cost between Ksh 1300/- to Ksh 3000/-. But here is the real PLUUUG 🔌🔌🔌 Their menu prices are between Ksh. 100/- and Ksh. 1400/-.

Affordable much 😍😍

They also sell fresh seafood- if you want to cook for yourself- and their prices are between Kshs. 450/- and Kshs. 2800/-, I'm still trying to get used to the fact that they sell QUEEN SIZE PRAWNS at Kshs. 1300/- per KG!! Like hooooow even?? My years of searching long and hard for affordable fresh seafood have finally come to an end. And best of all, they also deliver the food to you.

Price breakdown:

Prawn rice: 450/-

Total: 450/-

Balance: 550/-


Food- 8/10

Ambience 6/10

3. Crave Kitchen

Now, this is the ultimate foodventure!! Crave Kitchen is a cute restaurant boutique in Kikuyu, it's decorated with a cluster of flowers and a blackboard sign with their daily quote at the entrance.

They have books in shelves that you can pick and read as you wait for your meal or you could also just listen to the light baritone of Frank Sinatra's voice in the background; they only play jazz. It's actually the cutest little restaurant I have ever been to, it takes you back in time to New Orleans in 1920. So, if you've been looking for a place to go to for a short road trip, add Crave Kitchen in Kikuyu to your list.

Vegetable Pasta at Crave Kitchen

Price breakdown:

Vegetable pasta- 380/-

Balance- 620/-


Food: 8/10

Ambience- 10/10

4. Uncle Nene's

This foodventure that does not require you to leave your house or office! The food comes straight to you, and right on time. Uncle Nene's operates purely online and their burgers!! Oh, those burgers are to die for!! I STAN!! They're one of the few places where the burger is as big and as juicy as they look in their pictures. I... I... I'm speechless!

This is a little on the expensive side, but it was well worth it.

Bacon Beef Burger from Uncle Nene's

Price breakdown:

Beef bacon burger: 800/-

Delivery charge: 150/-

Total: 950/-

Balance: 50/-


Food: 9.5/10

5. Pallet Café

This cute eating space is along James Gichuru, directly opposite the exit of Lavington Mall. The experience I got at Pallet Café was like no other. Firstly, all the servers are deaf so, you communicate with them purely through ASL, that they have drawn on the menu. The interaction is silent but it speaks volumes about how you don't need to follow the rules of the industry to run a successful restaurant. Pallet Café is also eco friendly; most of their furniture and decorations are all from recycled materials and they have decorated it beautifully.

Also, the most expensive meal in their menu is Ksh. 1200/-.

Sooo, big news, big news!! I decided to open my mind, and my palate. I tried zoodles (Zucchini noodles) for the very first time. If you know me, you know that I detest zucchinis 🤢

I was just feeling adventurous, a rarity.

And damn, they proved me wrong. The zoodles were crunchy and flavourful; everything I thought a zucchini was not. I was pleasantly surprised. Pallet Café has changed my view on zucchinis and how they should be cooked and for that, I'm grateful.

Zucchini noodles with prawn and avocado sauce from Pallet Café

Price breakdown:

A plate of zoodles: 900/-

Total: 900/-

Balance: 100/-


Food: 8/10

Ambience: 10/10

6. The Shack Nairobi

After Marita's, The Shack is second on my go-to places for a quick meal while in school. It's among a street of shops outside Magharibi Place, opposite TMall along Mai Mahiu Rd. They have the BEST BEST deals ever!! The Tuesday deal is my favourite which is, buy any burger and get fries free, those fries are A LOOOT, and they have their jackets on which is always a plus 😉

You'll only get that joke if you've read this post...

Shack Burger from The Shack Nairobi

Price breakdown:

The Shack burger: 450/-

Fries: 0/-

Total: 450/-

Balance: 550/-


Food: 9/10

Ambience: 8.5/10

The list of under Ksh. 1000/- restaurant is endless to be honest. This post consisted of places that I frequent, or have enjoyed completely. But I know there are more, and I will find them. Which might lead me to doing a second edition of this post in the future, because there's truly nothing better than a good tasting, cheap meal.

To all things tasty,

- T


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