Holidaying on the Kenyan island of Mombasa? Look no further for one of the best places to eat: the Pavilions Restaurant at Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa. Accessible and open to guests staying on the resort, as well as outsiders who want to experience a top place to eat some delish food, this place leaves one wowed beyond imagination and is a place where I have to dine every time that I am in Mombasa. Wherever I am staying or exploring on the island of Mombasa, my heart and my feet always find themselves in the Pavilions Restaurant and this is exactly why I must tell you about this place. It is located off Malindi Road, Mombasa and is a place that you must experience at least once in your lifetime.
An island of gourmet food surrounded by tropical paradises
The restaurant is beautifully spacious and has a fresh breeze flowing throughout it. The actual interior has a grand yet minimalist feel and Arabic influence. It is surrounded by little tropical paradises and fish swimming in stream-like ponds on its outskirts. The combination of its design and the effect makes you feel like you’re entering a little island of its own where you are made to feel like its conqueror and any request you have is obliged.
You will certainly feel like royalty when you are met by the personable waiters and waitresses who will whisk you to a table of your choice (contingent on availability). Once you’re seated and you have ordered your drinks, you will be given an introduction on the absolutely enormous and delectable buffet that is available to you. If you’re not a fan of buffet style eating, don’t worry because the Pavilions Restaurant will win you over within seconds. It serves up something that I have never seen anywhere in the world: a fine-dining buffet (which I tell you about below).
During the course of enjoying your meal, you will also receive a personal “hello” from the management team, Donald and Barbara, who will be swiftly checking-in on everybody in the restaurant to ensure that they are having the time of their lives. These two individuals are so friendly and their love for working within Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa will be evident within seconds.
Whilst the restaurant is always buzzing with excited energy and is comfortably full with satisfied patrons, Donald and Barbara have a calm and positive energy and will do everything that they can to make sure you have a fabulous time. You should also note that if you do visit this Kenyan heaven in the evening, you may be in for a treat if the live band is playing in the background as it creates a real soulful mood that goes perfectly with the food. Dining becomes a serene experience at the Pavilions Restaurant.
Respecting everyone’s culture with food
Having travelled far and wide and having eaten my share of the world’s foods, the Pavilion Restaurant certainly stands out as one of the finest eateries to be in. In my view, it has to be best in class when it comes to food selection, as it offers food of all cultures with choices throughout the day, from breakfast to lunch and dinner. For each meal, there is an extensive layout of food that satisfies all major dietary requirements.
Each day there are themes for lunch and dinner, which is fantastic for guests that are staying at the resort due to the great deal of choice and experience on offer. The food variety is abundant and you will definitely find something that suits your palette. You will find African food, Indian food, Mediterranean food, Asian food, Mexican food etc. A meal at the Pavilions Restaurant is a culinary experience like no other. I especially enjoyed the way that the restaurant respects everyone’s culture in the world and honours it by having food of different cuisines each night. It gives diners a taste of other cultures by the food that they eat, which is also a great learning experience.
Now, whilst the food at the Pavilions Restaurant is incredible, you must not forget to appreciate and enjoy the drinks available. “Abundance” is a word that not only describes the food, but also the drinks on offer. For example, take a look at my photograph and see one of the drink areas which holds some wonderfully fresh juices. Please do note that I said, “one of the drinks areas” only because there are many more within the restaurant which have other types of drinks too (including hot drinks). If you spot the hibiscus juice, I would definitely recommend that you try it. It’s a delightful drink that energises you on a hot Kenyan day.
An abundant buffet with live cooking too
The phrase, “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper” does not apply if you’re eating in the Pavilions Restaurant as every meal should be eaten like breakfast. I’ve told you about the variety of food available but I think it’s now important that I give you more details on what you can expect.
The breakfast buffet, for example, is rich with savoury and sweet goods. There are ample drinks available such as juices, smoothies, tea and coffee. If you want masala tea, this is also served daily too and is nice and spicy. In respect to food, there is fresh fruit, cereals, porridge, bread, rolls, croissants, doughnuts, hash browns, beans, mushrooms, pancakes, French toast, waffles, scrambled eggs, omelettes etc. Whatever your heart desires, it will be at the Pavilions Restaurant. Importantly, there are also some great chefs cooking live dishes in front of you, so you can even explain and pick how you want a part of your breakfast (such as what type of fillings you want in your omelette). If you would like to read about the Swahili breakfast that is run at the Pavilions Restaurant, please click here.
The lunch and dinner buffets includes a number of tasty items. For example, for starters you can choose from the soups and bread rolls and the extensive salad bar with cold meats, poached fish and cheese. For the main course, you are likely to be tempted by the hearty and filling dishes or the more health-conscious ones (depending on your diet). There will always be a wide range of vegetables and sauces to ensure that you get your required five-a-day. The highlight of the lunch and dinner buffets has to be the desserts. There are an array of hot and cold mouth-watering desserts for you to try. My all time favourite has to be the bread and butter pudding, which you must try.
In all the buffets, dietary requirements are considered and options are provided to suit everyone. If you are health conscious, then fear not as the Pavilions Restaurant has options of items that are low fat, sugar free, egg free, dairy free and caffeine free alternatives to tempt you and ensure that you have a brilliant time!
Space for 680 diners who will all feel special
The capacity of this restaurant is for 680 diners and despite this high number, the staff are always on point and there are very short and swift queues for the buffets due to the enormous choice and variety. You will often overhear diners turning to each other and saying, “I think they’re taking extra special care of us” and I can assure you, that it’s not only a few people that are being taken extra special care of but everyone. The exemplary staff at the Pavilions Restaurant have a way about making each person feel extra special. I have never seen this before of a restaurant of the size of the Pavilions Restaurant.
The cost for an experience at the Pavilions Restaurant is shockingly only between 1,200 KSH (12 USD) – 2,100 KSH (20 USD) per person. It’s the perfect setting for a gorgeous meal and I would recommend that after you’ve enjoyed your dining experience, you take a walk around the extensive gardens of the resort, sit by the beachside and enjoy the sea breeze or the starry night sky whilst listening to the amazing entertainment on offer.
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