Carnivore (restaurant)

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Restaurant information
Established 1980
Current owner(s) Tamarind Group
Street address Langata Rd, Langata
City Nairobi
Country  Kenya
Coordinates 1°19′44″S 36°48′02″E / 1.329000°S 36.8005000°E / -1.329000; 36.8005000Coordinates: 1°19′44″S 36°48′02″E / 1.329000°S 36.8005000°E / -1.329000; 36.8005000
Seating capacity 350

Carnivore is an open-air restaurant in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. Carnivore's specialty is meat, and features an all-you-can-eat meat buffet. They serve a wide variety of meat and are famous for their game meat. It is a popular tourist destination.[1]


In 1999, the restaurant seated 350 people and the restaurant's 330 employees served over 1000 people per day.[1] The game, including giraffe, wildebeest, ostrich and crocodile, is raised on Hopcraft Ranch, 25 miles outside Nairobi.[1] The meat is skewered on Maasai swords and cooked on coals, and the meat is served on cast-iron plates.[1] It does have a vegetarian option.[1] It ranked 47th on the 2003 "The World's best 50 restaurants" list by UK-based Restaurant Magazine.[2] [3]

Simba Saloon[edit]

There is also a "Simba Saloon" night club on the premises with a capacity of 2,500,[1] as well as an internet cafe, playground, and six bars.[1] The restaurant holds concerts with local artists performing. International artists such as Shaggy, Tevin Campbell. T.O.K and Sean Paul have also performed there.[citation needed] Three people died in a stampede at the saloon in 2004.[4] The restaurant is famous for themed nights that incorporate old skul, rock and soul nights to the merriment of many Kenyans.

Tamarind Group[edit]

Carnivore is owned by Martin Dunford[1] of the Tamarind Group. It was opened in 1980 by Dunford, his wife, and a group of partners.[1] He opened the Carnivore inspired on the Rodízio concept of Brazilian Churrascaria steak houses.[1] The Tamarind Group operates Tamarind seafood restaurants in Mombasa and Nairobi. There is also another similar restaurant named Carnivore, owned by the same people, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa,[1] and another in Cairo, Egypt.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Nessman, Ravi (23 May 1999). "It's a 'beast of a feast' at this Africa restaurant". Associated Press. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  2. ^ The World's best 50 restaurants, Winestate Magazine (archived copy) Archived October 8, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "High steaks for African restaurant". BBC News. 30 April 2003. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Charges against restaurant owners dropped". Independent Online. 11 March 2005. Retrieved 2 August 2010. [dead link]

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