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High steaks for African restaurant
Carnivore restaurant
The restaurant has an unusual layout

What are you having for dinner tonight?

Perhaps you fancy a nice piece of crocodile barbecued in spicy sauce, or maybe zebra and salad, warthog and chips, or even grilled giraffe.

They're all on the menu at the Carnivore restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya, which has just been selected as one of the fifty best places to eat in the world by London-based Restaurant Magazine.

A rare honour indeed, especially as it's the only establishment in Africa to have made the list which was drawn up by a panel of international reviewers, restaurateurs and raconteurs.

Unique touch

In the restaurant whole joints of meat are roasted on traditional Maasai swords over a huge charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant.

Carnivore restaurant
Carnivore restaurant is popular with tourists and locals

Carnivore's head chef Joseph Gacheru said he thinks this unique layout caught the judges attention.

"Carnivore is totally different because the kitchen... is right at the entrance of the restaurant," he said.

"When the guests are coming in that is the first impression they see... the kitchen and the meat being roasted there."

Mr Gacheru said the restaurant only buys meat from suppliers licensed to cull wild game by Kenya Wildlife Services.

Carnivore restaurant is popular with locals as well as tourists.

Mr Gacheru said there has been a slump in the number of tourists dining in the restaurant since the war in Iraq began, but local demand has stayed strong.

Carnivore's head chef, Joseph Gacheru
"We have four varieties of venison today, we have zebra... ostrich... and warthog"

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