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Top 10 Places To Eat In Kampala

(Exotic Restaurants To Explore As The World Prepares To Travel Again)

BC – Before Covid-19 hit us, we set out to find those top exotic places to eat in Kampala and review them. 
This was after a couple of friends visiting Kampala asked us to recommend some nice places to eat and we couldn’t mention 3 of them.
In this article we bring you 10 of the top exotic places to eat. 
These are places you should check out once the world travels again, but since no one knows when the Airports will operate fully again – this is your chance to enjoy the Kampala exotic food scene.

In no particular order, here is the list;

1. The Lawns

The Serengeti Platter

After months of traveling around Jinja and Kabale, it was time to do something different and that’s how “Top Places To Eat In Kampala” was born – an idea to travel around Kampala, reviewing Restaurants and their food.
Our first stop was The Lawns and their Serengeti Platter.
Just like the name; “Serengeti”, this platter derives its name from The Serengeti National Park – a Tanzanian national park in the Serengeti ecosystem in the Mara and Simiyu regions.
The platter consists of Springbok meat (a small antelope), Kudu meat (antelope) and crocodile meat.

The Platter At A Glance:

√  A specialty at @The Lawns

√  Price – 70,000/-

√  Served with chips and veggies, plus soup.

HAVE YOU TASTED GAME MEAT? What was your experience? Share in the comments section at the end of this article.

The Lawns

2. The Spice Junction

“Introduction To Indo-Chinese” 

Located at Plot 6A, Sturrock Road, near Kisementi and opposite Lohanna Academy, – The Spice Junction is an Indo-Chinese Restaurant.
Indo-Chinese/Indian Chinese cuisine or Sino-Indian cuisine is the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes through a larger offering to also include vegetarian dishes. 
The Indian-style Chinese cuisine is said to have been developed by the small Chinese community that has lived in Kolkata for over a century.

The Spice Junction At A Glance:

√ Speciality:  Indo-Chinese
√  Location: Plot 6A Sturrock Road, Kisementi, Opp. Lohanna Academy.
√  Price: Ranges from 25,000/- to 35,000/-

What we loved:

√  Service – The waiters were kind and Friendly.
√  Ambiance – we loved the lighting, the music and the setting. 
√  Amenities: Free value for social events like birthdays – all you need to do is buy a plate of food at 35,000, which normally comes with a soft drink.
√  We loved their home made Noddles which are really thick and tasty, as compared to what you will find on the market.
√ It’s a family friendly space, with a kids play ground.

What we didn’t like:

√  The parking space might not be enough for a big event.

HAVE YOU TASTED Indochinese? What was your experience? Share in the comments section at the end of this article.

The Spice Junction

3. Riders Lounge – Acacia Place

Welcome to Riders Lounge – the Steakhouse.

Located at Acacia Place in Kololo – Riders Lounge boasts of serving some of the best steak in town.

Their steak menu features a wide variety of offerings, including;

√ Sirloin steak (middle – in the picture below.) This goes for 70k and is served by either rice or chips.
√ T-Bone Steak, (from left to right) and goes for 98k, still served with either rice or chips
√ Special chicken, extrem right and goes for 45k
√ Spare ribs 25k (In the lower picture)
√ Platter for 4 is 135k (in the upper picture)√ Platter for 6 is 200k√ Platter for 2 is 70k
So, which one would you go for?

HAVE YOU TASTED their steak? What was your experience? Share in the comments section at the end of this article.

Riders Lounge

4. Izumi Restaurant

“Introduction To Sushi” We have always avoided #Sushi because of the whole raw fish misconception!
Thanks to the campaign #TopPlaces2EatInKla – we had to try it out at #Izumi, and boy, were we wrong!
Sushi is a Japanese dish of prepared vinegared rice – usually with some sugar and salt, accompanying a variety of ingredients, such as seafood, vegetables, and occasionally tropical fruits.
Sushi is sometimes confused with sashimi, a related dish in Japanese cuisine that consists of thinly sliced raw fish, or occasionally meat, and an optional serving of rice.

Sushi at a glance:

√  Course: Appetizer, main dish
√  Place of origin: Japan
√   Ingredients generally used: seafood and vegetables.
√  Price range @Izumi – From 45,000/-

Izumi Restaurant & Lounge At A Glance:

√  Location: 38 Upper Kololo Terrace, Kampala
√  Type of Restaurant: Thai/Japanese
√  Known for: Sushi & Cocktails
√  Food price range: 15,000/- to 65,000/-
√  Soda: 5,500/-

HAVE YOU TASTED Sushi? What was your experience? Share in the comments section at the end of this article.

5. Khana Khazana

Introduction To Chicken Tikka – A speciality at @Khana Khazana 

Origin: Chicken tikka is a chicken dish originating in the Indian subcontinent; the dish is popular in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
It is traditionally small pieces of boneless chicken baked using skewers on a brazier called angeethi after marinating in Indian spices and dahi (yogurt)—essentially a boneless version of tandoori chicken

Chicken Tikka Ingredients: 

Chicken, Yogurt, Cream, Tomato, Onion, Garlic, Ginger, Chili pepper, Coconut.

Khana Khazana At A Glance:

√  Location: Plot 20 Acacia Avenue/21528, John Babiha (Acacia) Ave, Kampala
√  Chicken Tikka Price: 26,000/-
√  Type of restaurant: Indian

HAVE YOU TASTED Chicken Tikka ? What was your experience? Share in the comments section at the end of this article.

6. Caramel Cafe & Lounge

Meet IInjera – The Ethiopian Food
IInjera is a sourdough-risen flat bread with a slightly spongy texture, originating from the Eritrea and Ethiopia. 
Traditionally made out of teff flour, it is the national dish of Ethiopia and Eritrea.

IInjerah at a glance:

√  A specialty at: Caramel Café & Lounge
√  Origin: Ethiopia
√  Price: Served with a mixture of different Habesha dishes: 39,000/-

Caramel at a glance:

√ Location: Acacia Mall, Cooper Road√ Food Prices: From 29,000/-√ Great Cocktails√ Restaurant Speciality: Ethiopian Food

HAVE YOU TASTED Ethiopian? What was your experience? Share in the comments section at the end of this article.

7. The Great Indian Dhaba

Such an organic and authentic place to eat If you are an Indian foodie and prefer an organic place when eating out, look no further – The Great Indian Dhaba is your answer.
They have even recreated the real Indian street food experience, served on the same stall – the way you would find it downtown on any street in India, what an experience we had.
Like Andrew Kaggwa put it in his Daily Monitor review; The Great Indian Dhaba carries itself around like a fenced street.

The Great Indian Dhaba at a glance:

√ Location: Plot 3, Wampewo Avenue.
√ Restaurant Type: Indian
√ Food Price Range: From 10,000/- (the pan-puri snack, chips or butter naan), than a main course meal from 30,000/-
I know you have been wondering what “Dhaba” really means, well it means;
“A Roadside Restaurant On The Highway Frequented By Trucks, Travellers And Pilgrims”

HAVE YOU TASTED any of this? What was your experience? Share in the comments section at the end of this article.

8. Vitamin Cafe’s Pan Fried Beef & The Turkish Family Combo 

How would you love your beef served real hot in a pan…?
Introducing Pan Fried Beef – served with either chips, rich or with Pita bread like the Turkish do!

Pan Fried Beef at a glance:

√ A speciality at Vitamin Cafe
√ Price – 30,000/-
√ Location: Centenary Park


√ Beef fillet mignon√ Tomatoes√ Chilly pepper√ Onions√ Garlic√ Soya sauce√ See√ Black pepper

Something else we loved.

√ The Turkish Family Combo.
√ Price – 150,000/- and can be shared by 5 people.
Date of visit: December 2019
HAVE YOU TASTED Turkish? What was your experience? Share in the comments section at the end of this article.

9. Sips N’ Bites Restaurant & Bar

Introducing the “Swahili Chicken Biryan” – This is a traditional Kenyan Coastal Cuisine.


√ Chicken

√ Basmati Rice

√ Crashed tomatoes

√ Ginger & Garlic Paste

√ Ghee Butter

√ Plain Yoghurt

√ Eggs

√ Mint, Corriander, mixed biryani spice

√ Garam Masala spice

Here in Kampala we came across a restaurant that serves this – being the Kitchen Raiders that we are, we gave it a try.

Restaurant at a glance:

√ Restaurant name: Sips N Bites Restaurant & Bar

√ Location: Plot 5 Bandali Close, Bugolobi

√ Price: 26,000/-

HAVE YOU TASTED this? What was your experience? Share in the comments section at the end of this article.

10. Tamarai

In our last episode of #TopPlacesToEatInKampala Season 1, we bring you 3 unique dishes from #Tamarai – Asian-Fusion restaurant.

✓ Location: 14 Lower Kololo Terrace, Kololo

✓ Type of Restaurant: Pan-Asian Restaurant, specialising in Thai Cuisine.

1. Chicken Thighs With Orange Sauce;

√ Price – 43,000/-


√ Fresh Orange Juice

√ Fresh Lemon Juice

√ Chicken Thighs

2. Introducing Green Curry – made with Prawns and served with Rice:
√ A Speciality at Tamarai Thai Restaurant

√ Price – 47,000/-

What we loved about it?
The Prawns make it taste more like fish in groundnut sauce.

3. Introducing Phad Tai Chicken:

Phad Thai is Thailand’s National dish. 
It is a noodle stir fry dish traditionally made up of rice noodles, shrimp, tofu, eggs and a deeply flavored, sweet and sour sauce.
In this Pad Thai you’ll find tender pieces of chicken and lots of fresh vegetables. 

At A Glance:
1. A specialty at Tamarai Thai Restaurant2. Price – 26,000
HAVE YOU TASTED Thai? What was your experience? Share in the comments section at the end of this article.

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