NRW2016: Dinner at Ventana

One of our girlfriends had her birthday on the 5th of February and we decided to do a surprise dinner as a group during the NRW. It would be an awesome chance to try out new places  and still celebrate the day, though belated, with her. Our options were Adega and Ventana; we ended up going with the latter; to be honest, this one won purely because the name sounded “gysty” (do people still use  this slang anymore?)

After an hour of waiting for each other to get ready and an uber ride later, we arrived on location at the Bidwood Suites in Westlands. Ventana is a cosy and hidden restaurant pub and if not for NRW I’d probably have never known about it.  We had booked a table of eight at the terrace and I must commend the friendly waiters at the place. By the time we arrived the place was full-house yet the service was still efficient.

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 Starters

Since we were many and were  in a mood to eat and celebrate; reviewing all the dishes may be a bit cumbersome.  I’ll talk about the options I opted for. I went with the Corn and black bean salad which was tasty. This was hands down my favourite meal item  of the day.

This Corn and Black Bean Salsa   was really something. They should crown it the queen of salads
This Corn and Black Bean Salsa was really something. They should crown it the queen of salads

There were these onion rings that one of the girlfriends ordered that looked  so good we all scrambled for a bite. Looks can be deceiving though.  They were not half as tasty as they looked.

The pretty Onion Rings that didnt taste as pretty
The pretty Onion Rings that didnt taste as pretty

 

Main Course

Seeing as I only take white meat and didnt want to go all vegetarian, i ordered  the chicken curry masala with Naan and  Steamed Rice. It sounded promising. I was however very disappointed because it turned out to be an ordinary meal I could easily fix at home. I’m not saying it was bad; but my expectations were quite high and this wasn’t what I had pictured in mind when ordering this meal.  What they referred to as “naan” tasted more like Chapatis cooked with ghee but they were very soft and tasted great; I’d have preferred more of these and less of the rice.

They'd just have named this Chicken Curry with Rice and Chapati instead :)
They’d just have named this Chicken Curry with Rice and Chapati instead 🙂

The unanimous winner for the main course was the Pork chops with mash potatoes. The chef aced everything from the presentation to the meal. This was worth the money.

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Dessert

For desert, I went with the chocolate brownie with a scoop of ice-cream. Considering that I do not fancy chocolate stuff much, this was good. I however wished I had opted for the Vanilla Mousse;  it tasted so good I ended up splitting half and half with the friend who’d ordered it.

Chocolate Brownie with a Scoop of Icecream
Chocolate Brownie with a Scoop of Icecream

 

 

General Comments

This place was definitely worth the money considering it was on the Ksh 1500 list. The food portions were quite filling, presentation was awesome  and options were wider compared to most restaurants in this price range.   I’d give both the food and service a 7/10.  Found their wines very pricey though.

I’d like to find out how it is on normal days though . How was your experience at Ventanna??

 

 

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About Canduh

A Quantity Surveyor who loves Photography, Food and Travel. This blog is a journal of my cooking, dining and travel escapades

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