The Hot List: Kampala’s Top 10 Restaurants

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Lake Terrace – perfect spot for a chilled out dinner with your loved one. /AT Photo
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Geoffrey Baluku

Kampala, the capital city of Uganda is famed for its night life and good weather, which is great right through the year… but did you know that it’s also one of the best places in East Africa for fine dining?

Some of the top restaurants in Kampala (probably a bit subjective), whose food and ambiance have got me recommending them to friends and family when they ask are:

#1 Nyanja / Lake Terrace Restaurant

This delightful, laid-back spot is situated on the lobby level at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort and serves multi-cuisine and wellness menus 24 hours a day. Here you can enjoy a superb cuisine at your convenience.

To appreciate the culinary experience that Nyanja offers, one is advised to don smart-casual garb and spend all the time you want basking in the casual ambience.

Nyanja has a seating capacity of 108 covers providing ample space for a group of people to experience a culinary journey together set against a soothing, tranquil background. Apart from exquisite food and beverages, Nyanja is a gateway to an informal, natural ambiance and is accentuated by its outdoor extension, Lake Terrace – perfect spot for a chilled out dinner with your loved one.

#2 Explorer Italian Bistro

Reminiscent of the jungle-draped ruins from the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie, Explorer Italian restaurant located within Kampala Serena Hotel, plot 16 – 20 Kintu Road pays homage to Africa’s early explorers with safari artefacts and sepia-toned photography. Both in the dining room and among the outdoor water garden’s ponds and bridges, diners get to enjoy fine Italian cuisine complemented by an extensive selection of wines, beers and spirits. What more could you ask for?

#3 Mediterreaneo Restaurant

Conveniently located near Kampala’s leading business and most sought-after tourist destinations and only 42 minutes away from Entebbe International Airport.

Guests of the Villa Kololo Mediterraneo Restaurant always enjoy superb Italian cuisine in the delightful setting of the dining room on a trendy wooden terrace surrounded a beautiful garden. Many who have been here consider, the place a small haven in the heart of Kampala!

Be sure to reserve a table, especially at weekends. It gets very busy.

#4 Chapter Two Restaurant

Rich in expressing a blend of culture and modernity, Chapter Two Restaurant located at Skyz Hotel Naguru gives residents of Kampala very many reasons to celebrate fine dining and exquisite cuisines.

Perched at the focal area of the Hotel, Skyz Hotel, chapter two restaurant’s ambiance provides a relaxing escape from the bustling streets of Kampala with soothing music playing in the background and an array of quality drinks and wines served from the counter area.

It has a cool airy, interior with sophisticated marks of modern wood craft cabinets and a general highlight of brown hues. The table setting, ceramics, uniforms and menu have a blend of tradition and innovation to portray modernity.

The extension of the restaurant, known as Aruba Terrace, is an open seating area where guests can enjoy some of that kitchen delight and sip on drinks while enjoying the beautiful views of Kampala City.

#5 La Cabana Restaurant

Located within Speke Apartments, plot 19-21 Wampewo Avenue, Kololo, Lacabana is Kampala’s only Premium and Ritzy Churrasco grill restaurant that offers an eat-till-you-drop indulgence.

Lately, it’s one of the most talked-about restaurants in Kampala – and deservedly so. The range of unlimited meats includes, lamb legs, pork, top sirloin steak, rock salt pork cubes, BBQ chicken and beer marinated chicken served on skewers by an army of gauchos (South American Cowboys) with ‘Rambo knives’ at the flip of a card.

La Cabana also offers a treat for vegetarians with an array of home-made sides as well as a range of grilled vegetables, cheeses, bread and salads. The restaurant offers a continental and Indian menu as well and is open every day 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM

#6 The Seven Seas Restaurant

If you’re looking for a great night out and would like to have some world class seafood, and steaks, then the Seven Seas Restaurant is the best place to go.

Located within Sheraton Kampala hotel, the Seven Seas Restaurant offers fish and seafood prepared with Asian and Continental Flair.

The signature fish boat display boasts the freshest catch from around the world which you can personally select from the varied presentation and have it prepared by the restaurants trained and experienced chefs.

The menu also offers Chefs’ ala carte recommendations prepared to your personal taste; from Mackerel, Dorado to Lobsters, Crabs and Octopus, accompanied with your choice of specialty sauces. Whatever your choice, seven seas, aims to ensure you have a memorable dining experience.

The restaurant offers a seating capacity of 80 guests and a warm ambience brought to life by the restaurant’s laid back and nautical contemporary wooden design.

Open for dinner from Monday through to Saturday, 7:00pm to 11:00pm

#7 Asian Fusion Restaurant

Asian Fusion Restaurant is a treasure trove of unique Indian and Chinese foods that is designed not only to excite your eyes but your taste buds too. The restaurant’s courtyard transports guests to the wonderful world of Asia; adorned with exquisite traditional art, Thai sculptures, and Chinese architecture with private booths for intimate gatherings and a wealth of nature serene beauty of well-groomed lawns, flowers and trees.

This cherished jewel located at Fairway Hotel, attracts all kinds of people who yearn to discover it’s unique seating areas and spiced dishes. It’s open 10:00 am to 11:00 pm daily.

#8 Spectrum at LaBonita

Set in the heart of Kampala you can be assured they know exactly how to feed you. The minimally described contemporary menu served in the minimally decorated dining room, have maximum flavors and seasonal interest in abundance. Be sure to have one of the best dishes, though there is little point telling you it is brown steak at your table as the menu is extensive. If you really would rather choose your own dishes they do serve great fish fillet at lunch times trust me, they are more than capable of putting together a feast for you.

They are located opposite Christ the King Church, along colville Street in Kampala.

#9 Cantine DiVino

Yet another gem from the owners of Villa Kololo, this stylish wine bar and restaurant is a spot to see and be seen. Think steak with rustic potatoes, flame-grilled lamb chops and homemade pastas, Cantine DiVino is the place. There’s an extensive (and expensive) wine list prominently featuring bottles from South Africa and Italy, and a deli case of imported chacuterie.

Cantine DiVino, is located on plot 4A Mabua Road, Kololo, Kampala Uganda.

#10 Le Chateau Brasserie Belge

Located at plot 1273, Ggaba Road, Kampala, Le Chateau Brasserie Belge offers more than just food to their guests. With enchanting ambience, mouthwatering Belgian and European Cuisine Le Château allows you to experience the best of culinary delights in a typical African decor and ambiance.

These are some of the best fine dining eateries in and around Kampala – and they are just waiting for you!

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