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by Dee Mbugua (subscribe)
Solicitor/Barrister, Commissioner for Affidavits, Blogger, Media Maven, in no particular order
Published March 21st 2021
If The Social House was a person, I would want to get to know them better. I'd want their number and I'd want them to invite me to everything because I'd be sure we would hit it off.

Social House entrance

I knew this instantly when I stood at the entrance of the headquarters of "We show off silently" aka Social House and saw my favourite poem splashed across the wall in a font as delicious as the pastry display beneath it. Right at the entrance as well was a suspended art installation of what I have concluded to be a Mad Max inspired Maasai warrior on a motorcycle - thoroughly epic.

The Road Less Traveled

I don't think I can call Social House a restaurant, it's not a cafe either - it's an experience. Their own website defines them as '1.3 degrees from the equator, 180 degrees from ordinary', and I've never come across a more apt definition.

A few weeks ago, when I was catching up with a friend, he suggested we try The Social House after a light lunch at a different cafe. I, however, was too tired to be good company for extended periods of time, so I suggested we go there another day. I remember thinking of doing a quick Google search of the place and in hindsight, I'm so glad I forgot to remember to search for the Social House because my expectations would have been coloured by whatever presence they or others have curated online.

Before I tell you I will be back there many times, let me tell you there is no way from the outside looking in, you would even get a hint of the awesomeness that lies beyond their doors.

The ambience is a transportation into different periods of time. I am a complete sucker for things and places that are pleasing to the eyes, so please understand, if all I did was look around and that was it, I would have been equally as satisfied.

We settled outside in The Other Room, which is a farm to table experience with a gorgeous view of their heated outdoor lap pool. The Social House has different 'rooms' where different dining experiences are curated, depending on your choice or preference. So you see, I must find reasons to go back until I've experienced everything they have to offer.

View from our table

We ordered a cheese platter to share, plus a Dawa each. Dawa is a mixture of copious amounts of lemon, ginger and honey, a staple for me nowadays.

Social House cheese platter

The cheese-cracker ratio is the only thing I'd change about this platter - and by change, I mean I would increase the amount of breadsticks or crackers. All the different types of cheese were so fresh, I'm convinced the livestock they were derived from transitioned that very morning.

You heard it here - I'm going back to The Social House for every single one of their experiences. To my friend who insisted we visit, thank you for being so insistent.
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Phone: 254709216000
Where: The Social House, 154 James Gichuru Road, Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya
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what a lovely socia! experience in these weirdly anti-social times!
by Globetrotting Hotsteppa (score: 0|7) 674 days ago
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