It’s 6pm. You’ve had a really long day at work and all you want to do is rush home, take a bath and jump into bed. But you can’t do that just yet. You’ve got a meeting to short meeting with your team first. So you all decide on the nearest joint and head there. That’s how I found myself at the Clarion Café.
The place is located off the busy Murang’a road, opposite Jevanjee Gardens. It is a tiny premise at the bottom of the Clarion Hotel building. For a joint in it’s location, I must say that they put a lot of effort in their décor. I didn’t quite like their service. The waiters are a bit rude. We were waiting for one of our colleagues to arrive before ordering; the waiter kept prancing on our table impatiently before finally coming up and saying “Kama you’re not ordering, you have to get out”. Not wanting to shift venues, we decided to order white coffee just to avoid ruffling feathers. Again, the coffee was nothing to write home about. It was as flat and bland as they can get; more like being offered bland food at someone’s house and you have no choice but to chow it down because it would be impolite to refuse .Their Mugs were the only thing I liked about the whole coffee experience.
The joint is almost always chromed and the ventilation is quite poor; don’t make the mistake of seating at the booth near the washroom door. If you’re looking for somewhere to discuss business, you will be highly disappointed. Apparently there’s a “no meetings” policy which beats the whole logic of coffee shops. Maybe the management needs to redefine the term “meetings” because they seem to have a very narrow minded opinion about what a meeting entails. Their Wi-Fi is also quite slow, it takes ages to load even on your mobile phone.