Located on the beach front within Almanara, this breath taking piece of architecture is both stunning and unique. The sweeping sails and curving beams create an ambience unparalleled on the east coast of Africa.
When we began planning for a beach front restaurant we knew that the design would have to be different and would need to blend into the surrounding beach and gardens. Jan Allan – of ByDesign Kenya – was commissioned to create this eventually stunning piece of architecture.
Tasked with placing a maze of steel and canvas on the front line of natures most fierce elements, he set about the design and construction of what is today without a doubt one of the most unique structures in Kenya.
Our Head Chef Anthony Huth oversees the kitchen and prepares the menu and specials each week using only the freshest ingredients which are all locally sourced. Being at the coast, Seafood is of course front and centre with local fishermen delivering their catch of Lobster, Prawns, Snapper, Tuna and more every day. The rest of menu comprises of international favourites along with some Italian and Thai influences. The majority of the fresh produce we use is grown in our 100% organic vegetable shamba “farm”, located at Almanara.
We have a few favorites that hold their spot on our core menu, which changes seasonally. Our most popular items would be; Tuna Carpaccio, Crispy Calamari or Fresh Kilifi Oysters to start. Then a Seafood Platter, our famous “Zanzibar Snapper” or Ginger Crab as a main course.
And to finish off, try a Nutty Chocolate Brownie, Banoffee Pot or Homemade Ice-Cream to satisfy your sweet tooth.
A Kenyan born Chef, Anthony was schooled in Nairobi and introduced to the restaurant industry at age 16 working in various establishments around Nairobi, including the Talisman in Karen. After completing his Chef Diploma at Prue Leith Chef Academy in South Africa, he returned to Kenya for 2 years where he worked in various positions including head chef, food stylist & executive chef.
Anthony then took his career to the UK where he worked as a Sous Chef in Jamie Oliver’s famed ‘Jamie’s Italian’. During this time Anthony gained a wealth of experienced working in one of the top restaurant chains in the UK. After returning to Kenya, Anthony has joined our team as Executive Chef for Sails & Almanara where he has created our delicious menu and oversees our team of talented chefs.
Whilst the structure is superb and the cuisine will tantalise your tastebuds, the setting for your lunch or dinner is truly an assault on all of your senses. Lunches serve up a cocktail of turquoise hues as the gentle Indian Ocean laps up and down the expanse of white sand. Low tide is extra dramatic with almost half a kilometre of beach opening out towards the most superb mixture of blue and green colours that add so much to the dining experience. Coming for dinner? Sundowners before a full moon are truly spectacular. Sip on your aperitif and simply watch the show. A well timed reservation can result in a beach that’s almost entirely illuminated by the Moon above.