The Hangover | Kampala Restaurant Week.

And just like that, Kampala’s very first restaurant week is a thing of the past. How time flies when you’re having fun! I’m sure many residents of Kampala have their hands on their cheeks wondering what to do with themselves now. I know I am! Seriously, what will we do with ourselves?

I’m bummed that I didn’t get to check out all the restaurants on the list (40 restaurants is quite a lot to check out in a space of twelve days -that is unless the goal is to look like a baby elephant at the end of it all). I’m even more bummed that I didn’t try the mozzarella stuffed chicken lollipops at The Bistro. I was dying to try those but with the long list of restaurants yet limited time, I thought it best to start with the places I’d never dined at. And even though I highly doubt that my body will ever forgive me for not eating those lollipops, I’m glad I ventured out of my comfort zone! I discovered some really great places that I intend to frequent.

Photo courtesy of the Pearl Guide.
Photo courtesy of The Pearl Guide.

At the top of my list is Cafe Mamba at the Urban by City Blue Hotel. Why didn’t anyone tell me about this place? It’s a simple, very modern place with excellent service and amazing food. I didn’t try anything from their Kampala Restaurant Week menu, though. I opted for a cheesy crumbed chicken breast topped with chilli sprinkles served with mushroom sauce and chips. Party in my mouth, I tell you! I can’t say I’ve tasted anything so amazing! That mushroom sauce was absolutely everything! If only the chef could share his recipe :-).  Do make it a point to check it out.

Another special discovery I made was the pastry shop at Liquid Silk in Bugolobi. We all know how hard it is to come across good pastries in Kampala. Many a time you’ll have a really good cake somewhere and the next time you visit, it won’t be the same. I’m a self-admitted sucker for pastry so I’m always on the look out. So even though I’d gone to liquid silk for the lunch buffet, I ended up having two fat slices of cake, one assorted velvet (seriously, the cake was red and green and brown and cream) and one American dark chocolate -thanks to their nice display. And the good news is, the cake tasted every bit as nice as it looked/looks. Do stop by and share your thoughts?

I must say that at the end of it all, my biggest regret was not dining at the Seven seas restaurant at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel.  I’m not a big fan of sea food (with the exception of calamari) but the chef’s skills as demonstrated at the Kampala restaurant Week launch got me more than a little bit curious about what more they had to offer. So restaurant week or no restaurant week, I’ll be dining at seven seas real soon. Please look out for that review.

Did I mention that Legends outdid itself with their platters? I’m pretty sure more than half of Kampala will agree with me on that. If only the offer lasted longer than 12 days…

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The Legends meat platter 🙂

The closing party at Yujo was truly a fitting way of ending the week. Thanks for the invite guys!

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The star of the evening. (Yes, we dug in 🙂 )
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The people’s choice top restaurant award 2015, which was given to Yujo Sushi Bar.
What the counter at Yujo looked like after the closing party.
What the counter at Yujo looked like after the closing party.

And to the good people at Nederburg EA, Uganda Wines and Spirits distributors and The Pearl Guide, thank you for an amazing 12 days (especially the free Savanna and all the free and almost free wine)! Really looking forward to the next one!

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Heinrich Kulsen (Winemaker) and Kelvin Wanjira (Nederburg EA brand manager) preparing the wine at the first wine tasting event at Camel Club.
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All the free Savanna at the Savanna Braai at CityVille.
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