If my favourite place for dek ngor is shut as it tends to be come evening time. The obvious place to eat would be Binnen.
For 2,500 I had a really nice meal here of Malakwang with a side order of dek ngor or even a dirty graet bowl full of Lapena.
It is also possible to stay here but non of the rooms have their own bathroom.
No-nonsense Muslim owned hoteli that serves up big trays of pilau, black tea or coffee for 300 and possibly the best beans and chapatti in town. All this served up while the two TVs in the café playing two different channels. One of which seems permanently tuned to an Islamic channel while the other would be playing hip hop videos.
Favorite Dish: Fave meal Beans and two chapattis 800UGX yum and what a bargain.
In some places they like to cut up your chapati into bite size pieces and I hate that. This is one place that does that unless you tell them not to a shout of "Usikatakata chapati yangu" seemed to stop the cutting in their tracks.
Not sure this place has got a name. It is also not the easiest place to find as it it is situated in the alleyway between two parallel streets Labwor and Awich roads in Gulu. The girl at the hotel I was staying told me to eat here and right she was to do so. I loved the Dek ngor moo yang which I ate with sweet potatoes.
The café gets really busy around lunch time so thankfully it is a very organised local place. You pay your 1,500 at the counter for your meal and are then given a laminated piece of paper that will say something like Dek ngor written on it., this you then hand to the waiter who will then ask you what you want to accompany your Dek ngor either sweet potato, matoke or kallo or a mixture of each.
There is somewhere to wash your hands situated outside the café.
The only problem I had with this place is that it wasn’t open long enough, come evening time due to it being so popular it tends to run out of food.
Favorite Dish: Dek ngor, moo yang ki laiyatta
I can't beleive how busy this place got at around 5 in the evening. Wazungu from the whole district appeared out of the bush on boda- bodas and on foot.
I can't even tell you how good the coffee is as 3 cups of coffee here would have cost more than I was paying for my bed for the night. Sorry but no coffee could be that good. I took one look at the price list that shot off around the corner for a Nescafe at one thirteenth of the price.
There is also the fact that there is free wifi that may have made this place so popular.
Favorite Dish: I did notice 'vegetable wraps' on the menu or what I call a glorified Rolex.
Sadly Hotel California run by the lovely Mama Jane is not the one that the country rock band The Eagles sang about. If they had visited Gulu and had a slap up meal here then they may have written a half decent song instead of the wishy washy drivel that haunted me in the mid seventies.
Favorite Dish: Muranga!
Can't remember the name of this place but it is on the right of Kampala road as you walk north.
Traditional northern Ugandan Food. Best going at lunchtime, if you go in the evening the choice of food is not as extensive as the menu might suggest.
I was disappointed a couple of times in the evening when the malakwang had been eaten so had to go to the Marzook on Labwor Rd for the best value Maharagwe this side of Lake Kyoga.
If you want to sample Northern Ugandan cuisine but are not going to get any further north than Kampala I can thoroughly recommend City Springs restaurant in Kampala opposite the railway station. This place specialises in things like Dek ngor.
Favorite Dish: Malakwang