- Willow Gardens is a good enough bet for those things.
- A beer at the balcony on a hot afternoon as your car gets a shine.
It’s on Olenguruone Road. What a name, right? Olenguruone. I had to Google that name. It’s in Nakuru County and comes with a history dating back to the white man’s occupation. They named the road in Kileleshwa that. “A place of ashes” that’s what the name means. I have driven down this road many years and I literally saw this small centre on this road come up. First tractors digging soil. Men in hard hats.
Then when it took shape, realised it was some sort of a car-wash. Another car-wash. Then they built a sexy wooden cafe next to it that served some really lovely breakfast. Soon, construction started on the lower part and before long there was a shopping centre with a pharmacy, a barbershop, some unoccupied shop... generally an ecosystem of trade. That’s what happens in the city when you blink; everything changes.
One of the new entrants in this space is Willow Gardens. Remember that sexy wooden cafe? They brought it down and rebuilt it again in two tyres. It’s a great design for the tropics, open and airy.
The downstairs sitting is a bit boring and bare. It’s like a place you’d wait for a dentist. The upstairs seating, on the other hand, has that view of the road, of the shops and of the car-wash.
The whole idea of car-wash is to do something else while they are working on your car. So maybe shave. Or have a drink. Or kill those two birds with one stone.
Willow Gardens is a good enough bet for those things. A beer at the balcony on a hot afternoon as your car gets a shine. Or you on your laptop. Or meeting a friend for something light. Try their eggs. They seem to make great eggs.