Uganda restaurants have the best services and they operate 24 hours. You will get what to eat at any time of the day or night. There are 5 star restaurants that serve both international and local foods to all clients that visit the place. Restaurants have affordable prices although they target overseas visitors who may stay longer. Other restaurants in Uganda include Indian, Japanese and Chinese. They have well stocked bars and their dinning rooms are so amazing. The environment is so favorable and the setting will make you relax and enjoy every bit of your stay in Uganda. Uganda offers a range of dishes ranging from continental, Italian, chinese, Ugandan, Indian and more. The finest restaurants in Uganda are located in Kampala which is the Capital City. Most restaurants have speciality in certain cuisines but can also handle other dishes using recipes from Uganda and other countries.
Cooking and Recipes in Uganda
Uganda is a very friendly place for travelers and tourists. Expect the same feeling when it comes to savoring the best of Uganda’s food from every tribe and parts in Uganda. Take a break from your home food and enjoy the delicacies prepared in many of Uganda’s restaurants.
There are many restaurants located in the different parts of Uganda. In Kampala there are plenty of five star restaurants at every hotel in Kampala preparing international cuisines and local foods like Matooke and Ground nut paste from Buganda region, sweet potatos and a variety of Uganda’s Vegetables. Do not be surprised to find some restaurants with Indian, Chinese, Lebanese and Turkish dishes on the Menu! Wines and soft drinks may be part of the menu
24/7 fast food points and take-ways are also delightful places to enjoy the best of Uganda’s cooking and get fast foods at all times of the day. Service at such points is quick and occasional get busy during the lunch hours and dinner times.
Many of the restaurants have relative food prices ranging between USD 2.5 and 50 USD depending on the location of the restaurant. Some restaurants have menus with price tag for different foods…this is good if you want to stay within your planned budget. You can as well ask for the food costs if they are not on the menu. Most restaurants in Uganda allow cash only
Be careful of the places where you dine in Uganda. Look out for some recommendation made by previous tourists on the restaurants by preferred while on their trips. What do the previous travelers have to say about the service, cleanliness, taste of foods, music and other details that come along.
Roadside meats and foods may not be clean enough to eat especially for halaal and vegetarians. If you to taste delicacies like Muchomo- a grilled meats mostly repaired by the roadside, try some recommended bars and hotels in our travel guide issued of the best restaurants in Uganda.
2 Lumumba Avenue Simbamanyo House Kampala Kampala
Steak Out50 Lumumba Avenue Nakasero 33420,Kampala Kampala
071-2676460, 071-5290067, 071-5290075
Kati – Kati Africa Ltd.16/18 Lugogo By Pass Lugogo 20085,Kampala Kampala
041-4236008, 077-6810350, 071-2810350
Explorer Restaurant (Kampala Serena Hotel)16 – 20 Kintu Road Kampala Kampala
Selone Homes Ltd.Munyonyo Road Kampala Kampala
House of Olel Restaurant25 Lumumba Avenue Kampala Kampala
New York KitchenYusuf Lule Road Garden City Shopping Mall, Lower L ,Kampala Kampala
La Pizza Di MarcoYusuf Lule Road Garden City Shopping Mall, Ground Kampala Kampala
ChopsticksWilliam Street Equatoria Hotel Building Kampala Kampala
Ekitoobero Restaurant & Bar40 Nakasero Road Near the Kenyan High Commission 9516,Kampala Kampala
Plate Caf� Restaurant & Take AwayKyagwe Road KPC Building 4453,Kampala Kampala
041-4535653, 077-2486729, 075-2738738
Nanjing Restaurant & Motel15 Impala Avenue Kololo Kampala Kampala
Food Paradise Chinese Restaurant2 Katonga Road Nakasero (Near Fairway Hotel) 23930,Kampala Kampala
Yovani Hotel Ltd.25 Namirembe Road 8540,Kampala Kampala
Nalongo’s RestaurantNkrumah Road Opp. Crane Engravers Kampala Kampala
Little Ritz Africa Ltd.Jinja Road UMA Show Ground Hoat Loaf House 4683,Kampala Kampala
The Crocodile Caf� and Bar21 Cooper Road Kisement 2769,Kampala Kampala
Just Kicking Sports Bar5 Cooper Road 25820,Kampala Kampala
Libya HotelEntebbe Road Entebbe Entebbe
Pavement Sizzles and FlamesBugolobi Millenium Plaza 1571,Kampala Kampala
The Rose RestaurantNkrumah Road Opp. City Council Clinic Kampala Kampala
Hencon Bar & Restaurant87 Buganda Road 3508,Kampala Kampala
Seascallop Restaurant & BarKira Road Next to Mariandina, Opp. Uganda Museum Kampala Kampala
Fang Fang Chines Restaurant1 Colville Street Roof Terrace Communications Hous 6323,Kampala Kampala
041-4344806, 041-4340067, 031-2260681
Great Wall21 Kampala Road Nakasero Kampala Kampala
Gately On Nile34B Kisinja Road 130,jinja Jinja
Seventh Happiness160 Tank Hill road Kabalagala Kampala Kampala
7Hills Revolving Restaurant64 – 88 Yusuf Lule Road 22774,Kampala Kampala
Colline Hotel Ltd.26 Sekibobo Road Colline House 7,Kampala Kampala
041-4290240, 041-4251038, 039-2790212
Islands Club, Ssese IslandsBuggala Island Kalangala Ssese Ssese
Mateo’s13 Parliament Avenue Kampala Kampala
U.P.M.B Guest House877 Balintuma Road 4127,Kampala Kampala
Ethiopian Village Restaurant70073,Kampala Kampala
Indian Restaurant3B Dewinton Road Opp. National Theatre Kampala Kampala
Efendy’s Turkish RestaurantJinja Road Centenary Park Kampala Kampala
Cardinal Nsubuga Leadership Training Centre (CANLET) – Nsambya1539 Along Old Ggaba Road Next to American Embassy 11855,Kampala Kampala
Fat Boyz Ltd.7 Cooper Road Kisementi 71463,Kampala Kampala
4-A Master Foods Restaurant & Takeaway10 Namirembe Road New Taxi Park No. L107 Kampala Kampala
Angan Indian RestaurantNakumatt Oasis Mall 1st Floor Kampala Kampala
Eden Service ParkBwaise Kampala Kampala
Caf� Ballet34C Kyadondo Road Nakasero Kampala Kampala
China Plate (U) Ltd.11 Cooper Road Kisemete 7409,Kampala Kampala
Kabira Country Club63 Old Kira Road Bukoto 3676,Kampala Kampala
Krunchy Bites321 Ggaba Road Aqua House 7119,Kampala Kampala
Antonio’s GrillKampala Road Pioneer Mall Kampala Kampala
Shahi Darbar Restaurant3 Kintu Road Kampala Kampala
075-2895908, 070-2895908, 075-3539023
Le PizzieraBugolobi Next to Shell – Bugolobi 26672,Kampala Kampala
Tiptone HotelTank Hill Muyenga, Opp. Woine Garage Kampala Kampala
UhuruWilliam Street Zainab Aziza Building, 1st Floor Kampala Kampala
Choma Espresso Bar & RestaurantJinja Road Centerary Park Kampala Kampala
Pizzeria MammamiaSpeke Hotel Kampala Kampala
Joy African Restaurant1 Clement Hill Road 5157,Kampala Kampala 041-4230565, 077-2579757
Wasabi Japanese Restaurant7531 Muyenga Block 244 Kampala Kampala
Arirang Korean Restaurants15A Kyadondo Road Nakasero 12361,Kampala Kampala
China Palace3 Pilkington Road Kampala Kampala
Sheraton Kampala Hotel1 Ternan Avenue Nakasero Sheraton Kampala Hotel 7041,Kampala Kampala
Ltd.38 Buganda Road 7420,Kampala Kampala
House of Sea Foods3 Cooper Road Kisementi Kampala Kampala
Squires Guest House13 Kiswa Road Bugolobi 12883,Kampala Kampala
China Town39 Shimon Road Nakasero Kampala Kampala
The Source of Life Resource Caf�/Craft Shop20 Main Street 243,Jinja Jinja
Abuja Restaurant and BarKampala Road Fido Dido Building Upstairs 33847,Kampala Kampala
Dominos Pizza and Restaurants13A Kampala Road Opp. Orient Bank Head Office Amad 21206,Kampala Kampala
041-4251513, 041-4234891, 071-2366466
The Pyramids Casino & Restaurant7A Yusuf Lule Road 7832,Kampala Kampala
Kyoto Japanese Restaurant & ClubCentenary Park Kampala Kampala
St. Anthony Restaurant22 Lumumba Avenue 5590,Kampala Kampala
The Mist BarKampala Serena Hotel Kampala Kampala
The Cheese Bar and Restaurant56 Lumumba Avenue Nakasero 26158,Kampala Kampala
078-2414906, 078-2335211, 078-2316993
Makie’s-2 Restaurant & Bar37/9 Clement Hill Road Hill View Apartments Kampala Kampala
077-6446202, 078-2446202, 070-1446202
Ninaz City RestaurantqChrist the King Church Kampala Kampala
INNSCOR (U) Ltd. (Mateo’s)13A Parliament Avenue / Kampala Road Cargen House 26599,Kampala Kampala
Texas ClubNsambya Road Ave Maria Kampala Kampala
Sports Caf�4 Kampala Road Crown House 37599,Kampala Kampala
Mamba Point Ltd.22 Akii Bua Road Nakasero 7815,Kampala Kampala
031-2563000, 077-2243225, 077-2743227
Mamba Point Ltd.22 Akii Bua Road Nakasero 7815,Kampala Kampala
031-2563000, 077-2243225, 077-2743227
Faze 210 Nakasero Road Nakasero Kampala Kampala
Le Chateau RestaurantGgaba Road Nsambya Quality Hill Shopping Mall 12721,Kampala Kampala
New City Annex Hotel7 Dewinton Road Opp. National Theatre Kampala Kampala
African Buffet Restaurant3 Kimathi Avenue Pan Africa House Kampala Kampala
Fairway Hotel1 Kafu Road Opp. Kampala Golf Course 4595,Kampala Kampala
7 Seasons Hotel Kitintale27756,Kampala Kampala
Plate Cafe Restaurant & Take Away109 Bukoto Street Kamwokya Kampala Kampala 041-4535653
Katch the Sun3 Bandali Rise Bugolobi Kampala Kampala
Silver City Spurs RestaurantYusuf Lule Road Golf Course Hotel Kampala Kampala
Shanghai RestaurantTernan Avenue Opp. Sheraton Hotel Kampala Kampala
Masala Restaurant3B Dewinton Road Opp. National Theatre 72536,Kampala Kampala
Pearl of Africa Restaurant (Kampala Serena Hotel)16 – 20 Kintu Road Kampala Kampala
Cooking and Recipes in Uganda
If you have not tasted Uganda food, you are missing out on something delicious. When we talk about Africa as a continent, we rank with the best recipes. Below is a guideline that will help you prepare the best Ugandan traditional food.
What makes Uganda food the best is that it’s in plenty, whichever place you will visit you will be welcomed by fresh food for instance yellow bananas, fruits of all kinds, pastes as well as stews. People have to toured different countries in Africa but they all conclude that Uganda has the best food. Besides the dressing code, lauguage and the way of life. Uganda’s culture is well known for its big collection of dishes. At meal time you are served with different kinds of foods that make up the balanced diet.Chickennat is a must on every dish.
The most interesting thing about Ugandans is the fact that different tribes have a particular food they enjoy eating, if you visit the hotels you may not experience the traditional dishes of the local people. For instance in Buganda, people eat matooke, Bakiga eat Irish potatoes and many more. Visit the local restaurants and if possible some homes of residents, you will enjoy the best dishes served. It’s rare to find a home that has prepared one type of food; it’s a tradition for them to prepare all kinds of food like yams, sweet potates, vegetables and many others. Try tasting luwombo you will love the Baganda culture because it’s their best food served.
Ugandan Respected Recipes
The 5 star hotels or classy restaurants prepare the traditional dishes that are served as buffet, truth be told it’s not up to the standards of the locally prepared food. They put in various spices that tend to change the taste of the food to something international.Traditonal dishes are prepared by people who have enough time to follow everything as its supposed to be done, they respect culture as they prepare food. Cassava and banana are served at lunch time. Big hotels will try but won’t give you the best of the traditional food.
One famous local dish that is eaten by every Ugandan is matooke,its accompanied by peanut source with a mixture of roasted meat or fresh fish well prepared to make you enjoy your dish.Baganda have away they prepare this meal, its tied up in many banana leaves put into the sauce pan and then on fire for longer hours. When served, it has the best taste.
How to fold Uganda Traditional Luwombo
When it gets to that stage when it’s tender, the top is uncovered and compressed to get a silky soft as well as golden yellow mash. It is served with the banana leaves to keep it warm and delicious. In Buganda, there is so much attachment to the banana tree. All food is prepared in banana leaves to make meaning in Uganda.
Luwombo is prepared by using the tender banana leaves, they are first put on fire to get the best foil leaves that can give a good scent to the food prepared.Beef, pork or chicken is tied in small bundles of banana leaves put into the pan and there after covered with many other banana leaves. It’s given some time for it to get ready.
The type of cooking, preserves the recipes and the smell is appetizing, it’s more like a pressure cooker although you can’t compare the two because food in luwombo is in its own world.Matooke is wrapped in the dry banana leaves for steaming.
Slips of the banana leaves are first put into the pan to create a good bottom, this is because we don’t the boiling water to get so close to the matooke for we want it steamed the banana leaves are to preserve the moisture and enable the bananas turn color from white to yellow. Due to the many lakes and rivers that Uganda is gifted, the local people can enjoy different kinds of fish as the main source for the food prepared.
Plantain Cake on Ugandan Dining Table
Different cultures in Uganda have their own way of enjoying fish, some will have it smoked or fresh. There are some tribes that don’t eat fish for instance banyankole,bayima and some baganda clans. There are some parts of Uganda that enjoy the smoked fish, they first wash it and have it sun dried. Its the best dish for the eastern people.
Apart from the big fish, we also have small fish locally called mukene and nkejje, they are so nutritious and good for child growth. Its sun dried and well prepared with peanut. The flavor is so appetizing and with a nutritious value that will benefit the whole family. These can be got from supermarkets and some are with mixed with soya beans to provide energy to the growing children.
Lake Victoria has a variety of all Fish but most common is the Nile Perch, it’s one of the best fish dishes to have for lunch. There are the majorities and easily accessed in the lake. Well prepared Nile perch with matooke is such a wonderful meal.
Some Ugandans don’t like because it has a strange smell that will surround the atmosphere when preparing and yet it’s the major exporter to Europe. Such countries love natural foods and are willing to spend any coin to have the best. It has developed Uganda’s economy. Variety of the local fish tend to settle in the lake to the pleasure of many Ugandans, they would prefer the Nile perch getting over in the lake and they stay with other kinds.
Tilapia is another type of fish liked by many people, its served in many hotels and restaurants.Its fried and served with either cassava or chips, its locally called Ngege and if you get a chance to taste this you will enjoy the delicacy.
Uganda is well known for its various types of vegetables for instance dodo,nsuigga ,nakati and many others. They are prepared in a separate banana leaf and have to be well washed, they are steamed along with the matooke.Mushrooms just grow anyway; they are nice if prepared with Gnuts.Some are sun dried whereas others are eaten fresh. It’s also good for child growth. There is a type of mushroom called kabaala, it’s delicious and quite expensive in markets. It’s also used for various occasions like rituals particularly in the Buganda culture. The Bagishu are located in the Eastern part of Uganda, they have a vegetable called amaleeewa, its their best dish. Way of preparation is that, its first boiled then sun dried. It’s usually prepared with G nuts and every food is served with this dish.
In the western part of Uganda among the Batooro,Bakiga , Banyankole and some part of the northeastern region like Langi,Alur and Acholi take millet flour as their best dish. The milled flour may be of cassava or millet, its well prepared with heavy paste and many Ugandans love it. Its quick to prepare and has all the nutrients good for the body. Its best served with smokes meat. In the past hunters used to run after animals and if they caught one, they would roast it on bush fire and enjoy the taste of bush animals. In the northern region, their smoked beef is well dressed with milled sim sim paste along with bitter vegetables. It produces a good flavour and it’s tasty. People in the eastern region add tamarind fruit to preserve it.
Uganda and Baganda Luwombo Cooking in Bananan Leaves
Sorghum is a common crop among tribes that live in the northeastern region; this is because the climate favors its growth than any other crop. In the Western part of Uganda, their sauce is mixed with cow butter to get something delicious and that will make the meal enjoyable. Nubians are good cooks, they mix the green vegetables with okra fry them with oil and pour in the meat. This makes the thick sauce that will make any food tasty. Chili sauce is made by mixing red hot pepper with grounded leaves of mangoes.
Meat stew is prepared thick and served with cassava that is roasted over a light fire. The cassava bread is more like the njera of Ethiopia that matches well with seasoned sauce with a little mix of pepper. Just a taste will make you sit and enjoy more food. The Bahima of western Uganda are not good eaters of meat like the karamajong.They keep many cows but only interested in milk and other products. Their best dish is millet bread,matooke and beans whereas the Batooro enjoy peeled off beans that is well mashed to make a thick paste, ghee is added to make it tasty.
Fruits as a supplement of Uganda food
In Uganda food is accompanied by any fruit of your choice, these are in plenty and include sweet bananas, lemons, paw paws, tangerines, avocados, mangoes as well as jack fruits. Some bananas are mixed with sorghum flour to make local brew that is enjoyed by the local people. Sugar canes and other berries include pineapples and guavas.
All markets in Uganda have different kinds of fruits although the most accessible is Nakasero market.Its the main center for all food crops and from here; some are exported to other countries. Fruit production in Uganda is not well advanced like other countries, hybridized fruits are hard to find although some apples are being grown in Kabala because of the favorable climate.
South Africa and Kenya have temperate fruits that are also easily discovered in Uganda. Our local fruits are the best to adventure with, they are juicy and tasty however small it may look it has the best quantity. Different seasons bring about different types of fruits. This is noticed by the roadside and the fruits that are sold every way. Please don’t get excited and forget to wash the fruit you are going to eat. Enjoy Uganda’s fruits at any season of the year.
Uganda is come to nearly 20 different tribes and each of these tribes has its own traditional food. Many of the dishes may not differ as much but the cooking does have a few changes. Nevertheless, Uganda is a diverse food basket and there is no reason to give for not tasting the different dishes while in Uganda.
Each of Uganda’s dishes has a touch of Arab and English roots mostly in the recipes and the spices used. Uganda was in the past flocked by many people from the Arabia, Europe, Far East and India. This is the one reason that many of the foods such as plantain, potatoes, vegetables and spices grown have roots from all these parts of the world!
So what makes Uganda’s food unique? From central Uganda are the Bantu tribes such as Baganda, Banyoro, Basoga and Ankole but all these have different ways of preparing delicacies like Matooke (plaintain) the staple food for many tribes. Often Matooke is served with sauces like ground nut paste, dried, smoke and fresh fish, beef, beans, peas, chicken and other soup. Most recipes with matooke as the main course are accompanied with other foods like sweet potato, irish potato, rice, posho, vegetables and greens grown from Uganda’s gardens.
The luwombo is a special dish for chicken, beef, ground nut paste or eggs steamed is banana leaves. The aroma is great and authentic for true Ugandan Cooking. Boiled or fried, Uganda’s food is a great taste and mouth watering. The recipes are easy to prepare with almost the same guidelines for each of them-as long as you have the ingredients you need the most.
When it comes to international cuisines and dining, there are restaurants with trained chef. The spices may be different but the taste of dishes from France, England, Italy, China, Lebanon and Indian will be great anyway. Remember Ugandan cooking is easy, less spices and not so hot with chilies!
Chinese Restaurants in Uganda Kampala