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The Sarova Stanley, Serving Up Culture

21 Nov 2015 | By Wangechi Maina

If you patroned the Sarova Stanley's Thorn Tree Restaurant this third week of November 2015, you must have mistaken it for a restaurant deep in the heart of Madrid.

From bull and bullfighter sculptures at the restaurant's entrance; to drappery in the Spanish flag colours of Red and Yellow hanging from the ceiling; and a photo booth stand in the shape of a couple dressed in traditional Spanish regalia at the terrace.

On Monday November 16th, the Spanish Ambassador launched the Spanish Festival Week in what the staff says was a packed and successful event.

The Thorn Tree's chef reveals that a chef from Spain was at the hotel to guide the kitchen staff in the intricacies of Spanish cuisine. The restaurant, renowned for its expertise and experience in catering for groups running into their thousands, nailed the classes if the number of diners present the day after the launch is anything to go by.

During the festival, food made with a Spanish touch was served at a set course business lunch and a buffet dinner.

Standing proud at the centre of the table was Paella which is regarded as Spain's national dish. Paella is a rice dish mixed with other ingredients; chicken alternated with sea food at the Thorn Tree during the festival.

And while sampling this and other Spanish delicacies, a band playing traditional Spanish music complete with a very flexible flamenco dancer, performed for diners. Waiters and waitresses weren't left behind as they also donned traditional Spanish regalia.

The Spanish Festival at Sarova Stanley's Thorn Tree may just be the first of a possibly new tradition in the city's growing food appreciation and eating out culture.

The event launch is said to have been a hit with other foreign ambassadors and high commissioners in attendance. If reports that they're  clamoring to also have their own countries' festivals featured at the hotel are true, the Thorn Tree might be serving up more cultures in Nairobi, the way only Sarova Hotels know best, soon.

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