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best romantic restaurants in kampalaFrom refined sophisticated restaurants featuring a full course meal to downtown quick bites, the diverse range of restaurants in Kampala continues to grow. Every restaurant has its very own unique and soothing environment. For many tourists coming to Uganda, the unforgettable food experience will be tasting matooke and eshabwe, chicken luwombo, Rolex, goobe (pasted bean leaves), espresso, cappuccino, or a blended Americano made from coffee, the country’s largest export hence in plenty in the many restaurants around Kampala.  Kampala being the busy town it is with lots of traffic covering its streets most of the day shouldn’t stop one from touring it. It has lots of local foods, and cuisines prepared differently in all the restaurants at an affordable cost.

 

 Types of restaurants in Kampala.

  1. Fine Dining

Many people in Kampala most times only visit sophisticated restaurants for special occasions like birthdays, weddings and wedding anniversaries, baby showers, etc. Fine dining restaurants have the following characteristics; sophisticated dress code and dining etiquette, formal atmosphere and high-end code, attentive staff members and timely services, and menus containing local and exotic cuisines prepared with rare and delicious ingredients.

  1. Casual Dining

Casual Dining restaurants vary based on their brand and intended clientele base. Most have moderately priced menus, table services, a low-key atmosphere, and unique decor.

  1. Contemporary casual

Contemporary casual are modern and trendy restaurant types with a unique brand. Most of them have eco-friendly protocols serving unique, healthy foods and cuisines. They offer table services, a modern casual atmosphere, social media-worthy decor, and excellent food presentation.

  1. Family style

Some of these restaurants feature shareable platters while others provide a family-style option and also individual dishes. Some of the family-style restaurant attributes are table service, service of food on large platters, self-service, and a casual ambience.

  1. Fast-casual

The rising number of fast-casual restaurants cater to people looking for less time-consuming healthier than fast food but more affordable than fine dining or casual restaurants. These have the following characteristics; food quality and prices are higher compared to fast food but lower than fine and casual dining, counter service available, contemporary environment, and decor.

  1. Fast food

This is the commonest type of restaurant in Kampala with characteristics like quick service, counter service, serves standardized meals made of processed foods, casual ambience, takeaway possible since food is served in disposable plastic containers, and to-go bowls, paper trays, aluminium foils, etc.

  1. Cafe

For a quick cup of tea, coffee or a cappuccino, cafes provide a versatile environment for several purposes. Cafe attributes include; a casual and soothing environment, serving small delicacies for breakfast and lunch.

  1. Buffet

This type of restaurant allows customers to make their own dining experience by availing a variety of meals to choose from hence sometimes called “Can eat” restaurants. Their characteristics include; a selection of a variety of foods at a constant price, customers serve themselves, may feature on or multiple cuisines and usually has an elegant decor.

  1. Food trucks and concession stands

These are convenient as it needs little capital to start up with attributes like; serving a little portion of the menu containing one food type. They are mobile and hence situate themselves outside busy streets.

The other two types include pop-up restaurants and ghost restaurants.

 

Kampala city has most of these types of restaurants with food trucks and concession stands being on a very low scale. These restaurants can be differentiated by a number of aspects for example; formality spectrum, Price, food and ingredient quality.

 

Local dishes are served in Kampala restaurants.

Food is an essential part of travelling places whether across the world or to the next town or city. Kampala restaurants have taken up a diversity of continental cuisines from India, China, Japan, Italy, America etc… with a variety of meals catering for all people, vegetarians and meat-eaters, lactose-intolerant people, and gluten-free meals too. Food is a huge part of Kampala’s community with several local dishes served in many of its restaurants, some local dishes served are;

Luwombo

This is one of Kampala’s finest local dishes said to have come from the Buganda Kingdom by King Mwanga’s personal chef since then and has been passed on for generations everywhere. Luwombo is served with matooke, rice, cassava and chapati if preferred.

Katogo

This is one of the popular breakfast delicacies that starts the day for most people. Katogo simply means mixture in the Luganda language with assorted foods cooked together. This can be served with salad or avocado, katogo mixtures can be cassava and beans, matooke and waffles, or matoke and groundnut paste depending on the restaurant.

Nyama choma

With the numerous restaurants and lounges serving a delicious variety of meat, meat lovers would refer to it as ‘heaven on earth. Nyama choma meaning roasted meat in the Swahili language has become a norm in Kampala and can be found along Kampala streets and in high-end restaurants. Due to its crunchy taste, it’s served with French fries or kachumbari (finely chopped onions, tomatoes and avocado)

Matooke

This is the staple food of most Bantu tribes though over the years it has been enjoyed nationally. Matoke is obtained from the large plantain fields in rural areas, especially western Uganda and transported to urban towns. Matoke can be served with any type of sauce whether pasted or fried.

Kikalayi

This can also be referred to as fried pork with the term kikalayi emanating from the sturdy and huge locally made frying pans used for its preparation. It is better when shared with friends, hence why it’s served on a big round tray.

Posho

Probably Uganda’s commonest and cheapest dishes are made from maize flour mingled in hot boiling water till it hardened and then finally transferred into well-prepared matoke leaves. Posho-like matoke is best and can go with any sauce but is mostly recommended with fresh beans.

Rolex

A Rolex is simply fried eggs rolled in a chapati. This can be found along most streets of Kampala downtown and taken any time of the day and costs as cheap as Ugx 1000. Kampala holds occasional Rolex festivals where people from all over the country try to be named number one with their Rolex recipe, which are great weekend activities to enjoy.

Chapati

In restaurants, chapati is a side dish normally cut into triangles and served alongside other meals. Chapatis can also be eaten separately from the main course for breakfast or evening snacks.

Roasted maize

Fresh maize is roasted using a charcoal stove over medium heat until all its sides turn a golden brown colour. It is a snack for any time of the day.

Groundnut sauce

This is also referred to as binyebwa in the native Luganda language. It’s made from the red skin groundnuts that have been finely ground to form a smooth flour texture.

 

Examples of restaurants in Kampala.

  • Amagara Cafe Bistro along Colville street
  • La Patisserie in Acacia mall
  • Mama Ashanti restaurant
  • Piato restaurant
  • Spectrum at La Bonita
  • Fang Pilato Chinese restaurant along Colville street
  • Nanjing restaurant in Kololo
  • Shanghai restaurant along Ternan avenue in Nakasero
  • The Asian Fusion restaurant in Fairway hotel and spa
  • Prunes along Wampewo Avenue in Kololo
  • The Lawns along Impala Avenue in Kololo
  • Villa Kololo restaurant in Kololo
  • 7 hills revolving restaurant
  • Cayenne restaurant
  • Kabira Country club
  • The Bistro at Kisementi
  • Rock Garden Cafe at Speke hotel
  • Faze 2 restaurant along Nakasero road
  • Mythos Greek Tavern lounge
  • Nawab Asian Bistro, Haandi restaurant
  • Biryani house along Acacia Avenue in Kololo
  • Kati Handy restaurant in Lugogo
  • Khana Khazana restaurant along Acacia Avenue
  • The Greta Indian Dhaba along Wampewo Avenue in Kololo
  • Yujo Japanese restaurant in Nakasero
  • Yasigi Beer Garden
  • The Woods in Muyenga
  • Tamarai Restaurant in Kololo
  • Shaka Zulu foods in Bugolobi
  • Cafe Javas restaurants
  • Java House restaurants
  • Endiro coffee at Kisementi
  • The Olives restaurant
  • Pizza Hut
  • Peri restaurant
  • Pizza restaurant along Kampala road in Cargen house
  • KFC restaurants in Bugolobi
  • Garden city and Acacia mall
  • sky restaurant at Kisementi
  • Arirang restaurant in Nakasero
  • Tasted Budz
  • Indian & Chinese food in Ntinda
  • Cade Ceylon in Naguru
  • Ashiana restaurant along with Bandali rise in Bugolobi
  • Miso Garden restaurant along Mabua road in Kololo
  • The Copper Chimney restaurant in Lugogo
  • Lebanese food restaurant
  • Mediterraneo restaurant
  • Seven seas restaurant in Sheraton hotel
  • Golden Tulip Canaan restaurant Kampala
  • Pearl of Africa hotel restaurant
  • Kampala Serena hotel restaurants; most of the top-notch hotels in the city have their own restaurants.
  • Haandi Restaurant
    Indian
    Plot 7, Commercial Plaza, 1st Floor Kampala Road
    Dine-in·
    Drive-through·
    No-contact delivery

  • Tamarai
    Thai
    14 Lower Kololo Terrace Rd
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    No-contact delivery

  • 7 Hills Revolving Restaurant
    Restaurant
    77 Yusuf Lule Road · In Golf Course Hotel
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    No-contact delivery

  • La Cabana Restaurant
    Restaurant
    8HCV+8M4 Speke apartments, Wampewo Ave
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    No-contact delivery

  • Asian Fusion Restaurant
    Restaurant
    plot 1 Kafu Rd · In Fairway Hotel & Spa
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    No-contact delivery

  • Il Patio Italian Restaurant
    Italian
    Kisozi Close, Kyagwe Rd · In Mayfair Casino
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    No-contact delivery

  • Khyber Pass Restaurant
    Restaurant
    Nile Ave · In Rock Garden Cafe
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    Delivery

  • Mediterraneo Restaurant
    Italian
    31 John Babiha (Acacia) Ave
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    No-contact delivery

  • Piato Restaurant
    East African
    Plot 20 Lumumba Ave
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    No-contact delivery

  • Fang Fang Chinese Restaurant aka. 方方餐厅
    Chinese
    1 Colville St · In Communication House
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    No-contact delivery

  • Cantine Divino
    Restaurant
    Mabua Rd
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    No-contact delivery

  • Seven Seas
    Restaurant
    Ternan Ave · In Kampala Sheraton Hotel
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    No-contact delivery

  • Cafe Pap
    Restaurant
    Plot 13B, Amadinda House, Parliamentary Av. · In Eco Bank Building
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    No-contact delivery

  • Amagara Cafe Bistro
    East African
    Colville St
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    No-contact delivery

  • Cafe Ola
    Restaurant
    Shumuk House, Colville St · In Shumuk House & Apartments
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    Delivery

  • Pardis
    Persian
    Plot 12 Phillip road
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    No-contact delivery

  • Mythos
    Greek
    Kololo
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    No-contact delivery

  • Peace Restaurant
    Takeout restaurant
    8H6M+W6P, Russel Road
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    Delivery

  • The Lawns
    Fine Dining
    Unit 8, Plot 1-3 Coral Crescent, Lower Kololo/P.O. Box 2288 3A, Lower Kololo Terrace, Kololo
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    No-contact delivery

  • Egg Station Kampala
    Restaurant
    Jumbo Plaza · In M 1.1 Jumbo plaza
    Dine-in·
    Takeaway·
    Delivery

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