Since going to Nyama Mama, I’ve sort of developed an interest in visiting and reviewing other food joints. Don’t know if it’s just a phase or a hobby I’m building. However, that’s beside the point. Most people I know are almost always full of praise for this simple joint. I’ve gone here a couple of times myself but I don’t quite eat much when I’m in town so I can’t say that I’m a regular.
The seating arrangement is a simple no brainer, very much like most other fast foods around downtown.
It goes without saying that this isn’t a place where you want to come for a long meal. By definition, you want to come here and grab a quick bite during lunch hour, after work, when you’re en route to some other location in the city or when you want to grab a take away for enjoying later.
When it comes to the number of people who are usually in attendance, I can assure you that it’s always packed. I went on a Sunday and it was relatively calm. There were a couple of chairs here and there that were still vacant. Even though you might have lacked an appropriate spot to sit, you could just stand at a more convenient location. I kind of wish that they had an upstairs section like some of those fast foods you’ll find along Tom Mboya street. That would really go a long way in solving the crowding problem that you’ll definitely get here during most days of the week, especially around lunch hour. That being said, if you work in or around town, I would definitely recommend grabbing a take away and enjoying it from your office or wherever it is you’re based.
There’s not really much to say when it comes to customer service. Not that the service is terrible, it’s just that it’s a self-service type of situation whereby you pay at the counter and present your receipt to the food station and get your order. You then carry it to wherever you want to enjoy it from. One thing to note, however, is that cleanliness standards are impressive. Whenever a customer exits, an attendant wipes the spot the customer left almost immediately. The whole place almost always looks clean, unlike some restaurants whereby the waitress comes to wipe your table after you’ve already sat down. I think that was commendable.
Now onto the bit that you were waiting for most, the food! The first thing to note is that the food is always fresh. People are always walking in and out of this joint so the food moves extremely fast. If you order something, you can be guaranteed that it was prepared a few minutes prior. My fries, for example, had just finished cooking when I placed my order. With regard to taste, I would say there’s not much to talk about. They’re regular fries, nothing really special to talk about them. I did feel like the serving was a little reserved, they serve the fries in a small brown bag and I really think they could do better in terms of quantity.
I tried looking online for their menu but couldn’t find it. If you’re interested, here is the Mc Dee menu:
Soda 300 ml 50
500 ml 70
Minute maid 80
Fresh juice 80
Burger & fries 300
Fries + 0.25 chicken 260
0.5 chicken 320
0.25 chicken 160
Full chicken 650
Spicy chicken sausage 60
Beef pie 100
Chicken pie 120
Note that the prices are in Kenyan shillings.
I would say the prices are very affordable and I didn’t take any issue with the pricing.
For those of you who don’t know where Mc Dee is located, it’s located right behind the Uchumi Supermarket that’s along Aga Khan Walk.
Overall, I would say that this is a nice restaurant to grab a quick bite. If you’re heading on a night out, it would make for a good pit stop as you head for your outing. What you do not want to do, however, is to go on a date here. There’s nothing wrong with the place, I just think it’s not ideal. So many moving people, not enough room to talk about anything deep and so on and so forth.
As usual, these are just my own subjective opinions and should always be taken with a grain of salt.