July 22, 2009
I had dinner with Fuzz Dyer and Ross Withey last night at one of my favourite London restaurants, Champor-Champor near London Bridge.
I thought the spicy and very aesthetic Malaysian food might appeal to these Kenyan bods and it did. These guys come from 4th generation Kenyan families and own places like Manda Bay on Lamu and Samatian Island on Lake Baringo in the Rift valley and Borana lodge in Laikipia. It reminded me of how well you get looked after by these owner-managers when you visit their places. Fuzz told me that Ross stood up for a young lady on the tube on their way to the restaurant which you don’t see happen (shame – faced to say) too often these days. There is something about the way many Kenyans are brought up to host people who are staying with their families. They seem to be just very good at giving guests a great time and making them feel part of the scene.
These pics show the view from Samatian island and one of those great vistas taken from a sundowner spot on Borana (from my first visit there in the mid 1990’s)
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