Kenya’s Sometimes-Clashing Tribes Find Common Ground at Slum Restaurants

A bowl of matumbo at Thomson Falls Hotel. Photo credit: Jason Patinkin

The best meal I’ve had in Nairobi’s informal settlements was at an unmarked restaurant behind a hole in a sheet-metal fence in Kibera.

“It’s a bit hidden,” said Godwin, a university student who took me on a culinary tour through Nairobi’s slums. “So it’s only for people that know that place who go there.” Those that know will find a Nubian grandma named Mama Ntilie sitting on a wooden stool in the middle of her kitchen, flipping chapatis, ordering her staff around and serving up a mean beef pilau. Read more…

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