Various: What about food in Uganda
Uganda is predominantely agriciltural country and the food is good, to me it's much better than in Kenya. There are number of restaurants, all around, offering different kind of food for different prices, some are cheap, some average and some very expensive. Besides restaurants there is junk food too, not exactly Mcd kind but sort of domestic version.
The cheapest food can be found in so-called road restaurants, offering chapats (look alike to tortilla), which cost approximately 0,20 euros a piece. The next are, to mine opinion, kind of junk food restaurants, offering sausages and grilled meat. In such a restaurants average lunch cost from less than one up to 2 or 3 euros.
There are standard domestic restaurants with very good food where average lunch costs about 5 euros. Finaly, there are very expensive restaurants offering Italian, French, Indian or other cuisine, where average lunch costs from 15 up to 50 euros.
Favorite Dish: What to eat when in Ugandan restaurants. Cannot say much about because I ordered those dishes I could recognize food. To me the best was grilled chicken with chips and white coloured vegetables in a shape of sticks. I liked it better than chips. Lamb meat isn't that soft as we used on it in Europe. Sausages are pretty good but again not as good as am used on it. There are various kind of soups but I didn't dare to eat them.
Ugandans like to eat something what might be considerate as fast food:
- matooke is baked green banana, very popular food among the locals
- sumbusa is kind of pie with meat or vegetable, most oftenly with rise
- chapat looks alike to tortilla but smaller, also filled with other stuff
- mandazi is kind of donuts, local eat it for the breakfast.Add to your Trip Planner
What about restaurants in Uganda
Might be very helpful if you get to know whites who already spend some time here, or even better, if they live in Uganda. Their advices regarding habbits, restaurants, clubs etc., could save your time and money. I was lucky to met Dutch guy who live in Kampala several years and got from him some good tips and advices.
According to him, Carnivors is one of the most expensive restaurants in Uganda but it is too much touristy and offers less than one can get in some other restaurants for more affordable price. I followed his advice and never visited Carnivors.
He invited me to "Le Chateau", Belgian restaurant which is situated in the Gaba Road. There is nice terrace and the atmosphere looks alike to most of a good European restaurants. My friend speaks good French so I let him to order food for both of us. It was delicious steak made in brown coloured sauce, best food I had in my two weeks stay. He ordered bottle of red French wine, which was very good. The dinner cost us 35.000 shilling for each, which is less than the usual price I used to pay in Mammamia or Rock Garden.
Favorite Dish: In two week time I was in a couple of other restaurants, most frequently at those in Nile Avenue, right where Speke hotel is. Khyber Pass offers authentic Indian cuisine but I didn't like it much, besides, it is pretty much expensive. Rock Garden makes very good grilled tilapia, which was my favourite food, and the service is excellent. Finaly, there is Mammamia too, which is supposed to be the Italian restaurant. Cannot complain much but it is far of being Italian cuisine, except for "spaghetti, aglio, olio e peperoncino", which was good. Other food I had there was "Italian" made in Ugandan way. When I ordered calamari (squids), couldn't finish it and almost the same goes for grilled tilapia. Once I tried pizza too, but it wasn't pizza.
Was in couple of local restaurants but unfortunately didn't catch the names, except for Bancafe which I visited regularly. Bancafe offers inexpensive but the best breakfast in Kampala. Many guest from nearby Grand Imperial prefer to have breakfast here, rather than in the hotel. Besides, it is the only place in Kampala, along with Speke hotel, where you can get espresso. In other local restaurants I had grilled chicken or sausages and it wasn't bad at all. The best grilled chicken I had in a night bar at Ntinda, on the outskirts of Kampala.Add to your Trip Planner
Food Court: Variety in Gaden City
Food Court is situated on the third floor of garden city mall. It is essentially a fastfood joint where you will find kiosks offering all kind of food. You have the south indian udupi, chinese, persian, burgers, juice stalls and african grill. The price is cheap and the place is open from morning 11 to evening 10:30. Overall a nice place to enjoy cheap food...Related to:
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Krua Thai: Thai Food
Krua Thai is a Thai restaurant in Kololo. Open only for dinner, this restaurant is one of the best in the city and offers authentic thai dishes. It is an open restaurant, well decorated and the staff is pleasant. The food is amazing, one of my favourite restaurants in the city.Add to your Trip Planner
Fang - Fang: Chinese Restaurant in Kampala
Fang-Fang is the best chinese restaurant in the city. There are two restaurants in Kampala. One of them is an open garden restaurant and the other one is a closed one. The food and ambience is both wonderful and you can find lots of chinese girls around waiting to serve you.
They also organise parties in both these places and the restaurant has got outdoor catering as well.Add to your Trip Planner
Athithi: Indian Food
Athithi is one of the best restaurant in Kampala, situated in Nakasero. This is an open restauran facing a garden housed in a small compund. The food is delicious and the service up to the mark. The place can also be used for parties and other functions and they also do outdoor caterings.Related to:
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Nawab: Nawab - Indian Delight
Nawab is on the top floor of the Garden City. It is a nice place to spent time either for a elaborate dinner or for some nice time with friends. The restaurant is open ( covered only on the top) or you can also use the terrace. What I like the most here is the non vegetarian Indian food. The service is nice and the staff cordial.Related to:
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Kati - Kati: Punjabi Restaurant in Kampala
This restaurant is in Kololo. It is a Punjabi Indian speciality restaurant. It is an open restaurant and the food is delicious. There is also a bar attached indoors and ample space on the terrace and outside to hold parties. The restaurant also has a small hall, where programs can be arranged.Related to:
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Fang Fang's: The perfect end...
We visited here on the last night of our trip and after spending a week in hostels or camping, it was strange to eat in such an upmarket restaurant.
Situated in the centre of Kampala, this restaurant takes you away from Uganda and transports you straight to Asia!
I could explain how great the food was, how amazing the service or how I felt like a millionaire going there but instead I just will mention the one thing that made our last meal in Uganda complete.
After asking if we were celebrating anything on arrival, we said it was our last night. At the end of the meal an intricutely and perfect carved whole melon, filled with fresh fruit and baring the message 'sorry to see you go' arrived on our table with a musical ensamble from the waiters. It was amazing and we never got a photo of it. They ended our holiday perfectlyAdd to your Trip Planner
The Half London: Unforgettable!
It's located right next to Al's Bar and is really the perfect place to start an evening. Don't expect any fast service -we arrived at around 7:30pm and left at 10:30 after having two courses and many Nile specials!
The restuarant serves a variety of food including the infamous 'Game meat of the day' that one of my friends had - to this day we have no idea if it was alligator, buffalo or something else! The same happened for the soup of the day - when we asked what it was the waiter replied 'whatever the chef decides.'
Honestly the food is nothing special, the service was lousy, but the atmosphere just feels "Ugandan" and was somehow very entertaining to eat there. It will always be a talking point whenever I meet up with my friends to reminisce about the trip.
Favorite Dish: Game meat of the day Or Pork Surprise!Add to your Trip Planner
Rock Garden cafe: Active cooking
Rock Garden cafe is open every night offering you a la Carte menu, but on thursday night takes place "The great Mengolian night".
In this night you can choose the meat, vegetables, rice... give it to the cook, and he'll cook it in front of you in just some minutes. And you can order as much and as many times as you want.
I strongly recommend to check my tip about this place in nightlife tips... for not having "surprises" while having dinner here....Add to your Trip Planner
Krua Thai: Relaxing dinner
This is one of the most "exclusive" restaurants in Kampala.
It's a Thai restaurant, where you are offered a great variety of Thai dishes.
The most remarkable is the relaxed you feel there, and the decoration.Add to your Trip Planner
Fang Fang: Chinese food in Kampala
If you're hungry and don't want to spend too much money but have a dinner of quality this is your place.
It's a chinese restaurant located dowtown in Kampala, in the business area.
You can have dinner open-air and enjoy the nice temperatures that Kampala has, or inside in one of several saloon that they have.
There are more than 100 hundred dishes, you can go as many night as you want, and don't feel bored of having always the same for dinner.
Favorite Dish: Great variety of dishes.Add to your Trip Planner
Nandos: Cheap fast food
Well, it's fast food..
It's located in a local where there are several fast food shops.. Nandos is the one I remember, but there was another one just for pizzas.. another one for ice-creams and milk shakes and some more that I can't remember.
Favorite Dish: Chicken was fine.Add to your Trip Planner
Nawab: Great views
This restaurant is located on the rooftop of Garden City shopping mall. From there you have really nice views of Kampala and its seven hills.
Despite of not being indian cuisine my favourite I felt quite satisfied having lunch here.
The place is very relaxing and calm.Add to your Trip Planner
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