This great, intimate bar is not cheap
Posted Thursday, August 2 2012 at 16:55
Osinkirii means fish in Maasai - at least that’s what the barman told me as I sat sipping my drink.
Now, if you know anything about the Maasai –you will know that fish, in reference to them, is as alien as it gets. They live on meat and milk. So yes, Osinkirii gets points for the originality of the name.
The place is actually a restaurant, a seafood restaurant at that. But if you don’t want to dine, and just want a drink, you can always jump into the bar next door.
It’s a beautiful bar as far as bars go. The décor, black and red, is very delicately designed; not too loud and jarring and not too subtle as to be dull.
When you walk in through the doors, you will meet a wall bearing bottles of wine wedged in. Like a cellar of sorts, only you wouldn’t exactly call it a cellar.
This presentation shows you the kind of place this is; with a selection of wines from all over the world.
If you want to really enjoy your drink, sit at the bar, not at the small tables at the edge of the room. This intimate bar is elegant and splendid.
Not too large to get crowded and not too small to make it feel like you are drinking alone.
What this means is that the barman will notice when your drink is running low, and will promptly refill it and of course, you then get a chance to chat with him and get to know more about the place.
Osinkirii is many things; it’s exquisite, it’s private and intimate, but it’s not cheap by any standard.
Let’s say you want to eat some Norwegian salmon, (yes, it is imported from there); you will part with over Sh800 for a starter. The main courses will average about Sh1700.
Johnnie Walker Black comes at Sh800 a tot. But at least the food is fresh and the drinks are served right and in a setting that is relaxed and inspiring.
You can also sit outside when it’s not too nippy out there. This is a great spot for those who want some quiet, intimate time.