Next time I have plans for Sunday brunch at Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill, remind me not to schedule anything before and after! Man I still feel like last Sunday just zoomed past me and I need a time machine to take me back so that I can savor every moment that the day had to offer. Sigh. First, our friend’s daughter was getting baptized at 11.30am in Westlands which meant we could only make an appearance then dash to Upper Hill for the brunch which is normally served from 12.30pm. Suffice to say we only managed to get there at 1.00pm at which point Charles was already restless as he had another shoot at 2.00pm! Several families had already settled into their reserved spaces enjoying their meals while listening to the band that serenaded them. Xena and I quickly changed from the church outfits to our brunch outfits and got down to “work”.
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Shoot location-Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill
Photography by Charles Ngomo
The display was quite enticing and one could only hope that it was a true reflection of the food which we all could not wait to devour. In fact, my husband whose first time it was accompanying us to a sponsored shoot kept asking why we couldn’t just eat first then shoot later! I didn’t know whether it was a failed attempt at humor amidst the hunger or if he was actually being serious and I didn’t care to find out.
What makes Radisson Blu’s brunch offering the perfect Sunday plan is the fact that the establishment crafted the theme with children in mind, thereby allowing families to spend quality time together without worrying about their kids’ comfort. For starters, there’s a kiddie menu which caters well to kids’ palates while being cost effective. The kids’ menu, which I believe is revised weekly, featured french fries, chicken sausages and chicken nuggets.
However, given that Xena has no love for fries and sausages, she only asked to have the chicken nuggets and I served the rest of her food from the main buffet. I mean, with lasagna, grilled fish, pork cutlets and ossobuco as part of the the brunch dishes, there’s no prize for guessing what appealed to her most! Being a fussy eater, I reminded her severally that she could only get back to playing the games on her Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 upon finishing her food. Let’s just say she scored 7 on a scale of 1-10.
Despite having no grounds, the hotel has tried to create an outdoor setting by laying out a green carpet over a portion of the veranda area giving an outdoor illusion. The area features a trampoline on which the kids can jump but for those who prefer more chilled out activities, they can settle on the carpet and draw/color away.
One hour later, every one had had their lunch and the beaming faces were a testament to the delectable meals. Except me. Between directing the shoot and feeding baby Xia, I had not had a chance to eat! I quickly handed the baby over to the dad, served me some generous portion of my favorites and sat down to enjoy the most mouth watering seared fish and grilled pork I had had in a long time!
The dessert looked totally finger-licking good and the fact that we were full to the brim did not stop us from indulging. I went for my favorite creme brulee while Xena and the dad shared a chocolate mousse.
When the clock struck 3.00pm, it was finally time to leave as I was meeting up with friends at the Koroga festival for a much needed break and daddy was going to be on daddy duty! But not before taking a few selfies at the Humidor Lounge.
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Love, Joy & Xena.