Nairobi Notebook

Jackson Biko is our man about town

Notebook88 Villa Rosa Kempinski
This flagship pan-Asian restaurant has been revamped. Half the restaurant is now a lounge, set for cocktails; the other half still serves Asian meals that are a fusion of Malay, Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. The number eight in Chinese culture stands for stability, luck, prosperity and wealth and 88 is double the offering from Kempinski.  | Tel: +254 20 3603000

Bubbles anyone?
On Valentine’s Day stop by the Champagne Bar at the Sankara Hotel for a nightcap. It’s sexy and moody in a romantic way. The kind of place where you want to finish the evening before you head home. Order one of their 15 brands of champagne. Sit next to the large windows, ignore the spectacular views and gaze instead at her.

All her tweets are about the conservation of elephants, with updates on what’s going on in this fight. Sometimes she will break news from a remote conservancy. Other times it might be a sad picture of a newly slain elephant.

Bulleit Bourbon
East African Breweries Ltd recently launched their first American bourbon, Bulleit. The Bulleit family has lived on both sides of the Kentucky River in America where the family continues distilling their bourbon. Let’s see how Kenya meets Kentucky.

New Studios: Kuona Trust
It’s the home to about 35 artists in 22 studios. Nip in for some unique and authentic artwork and installations. You can also have drinks and food and maybe catch their occasional entertainment. • Tel: 0721262326, Likoni Lane, Denis Pritt Road, Hurligham.

Banana Box, Sarit Centre
You want a unique Valentine’s present? Something that she won’t wear or eat or give the dog to play with eventually? Here is your best bet. Established in 1991, they have been working with Kenyan artists, craftsmen and craftswomen since. This is the home of creative gifts.