Editor’s 10 Valentine’s Picks

By Pearl Guide

January 20, 2014

Valentine’s Day for once after such a long while falls on the ideal Friday in 2014. This means you’re rather short on reasons this year to not put your best foot forward for your lover. This feature lists for you our pick of the lot, our recommendations across Uganda’s buzzing culinary scene that you may want to treat your love to this Valentine’s. Here goes!

1. RAVES DINING AND LOUNGE

Raves is a simple but meticulously setup dining, café & lounge with everything from the advanced décor and the seats strategically planned and placed. Raves comprises of five dining areas to cater for all groups of people. For example, upon entrance on your right is the Café area which has low tables and comfortable chairs, to your left is the main entrance into Raves. Their goal is to offer a memorable dining experience with flavors of Mexican, Indian, Italian and a variety of continental dishes.

Price Range: $$$
Tel: +256312 261 266
Web: www.ravescafe.com
Raves

 

2. TAMARAI

Tamarai is a Pan-Asian restaurant, Tea Bar & Lounge. Kampala is bereft of Thai restaurants but Located in lower Kololo terrace on Plot 14 to be exact is Tamarai Thai Restaurant. Tamarai specializes in Thai cuisine and pan Asian food. Not only does it specialize in Thai cuisine, it sure does look the part. On entrance after the reception area on your left is the pride of Tamarai; a tea bar. Tamarai prides itself in being the only restaurant in Kampala with a tea bar. With over 16 tea flavors imported all the way from Sri Lanka, they have the finest tea flavors you can taste.

Price Range: $$$$
Location: Plot 14 Lower Kololo Terace, Kololo
Today: 11:00 – 23:00
Tel: +256 755 794 958
Web: www.facebook.com/TamaraiRestaurant

Tamarai

 

3. THE BISTRO

On first glance few would imagine that the restaurant located smack in the middle of Kisementi Kololo shrouded in green leafy vegetation harbored the very touch of exquisite interior décor, flavorful tastes and cozy homeliness.This is just a drop in the ocean of the many fancy facets and delicacies The Bistro has to offer.

Price Range: $$$
Location: 15 Cooper Road, Kisementi
Tel: +256757247876
Web: www.facebook.com/thebistrokampala
Bistro

 

4. MEDITERRANEO RESTAURANT

This exquisite restaurant has one of the finest menus in town, the decor is lovely and cosy, making for a great place to meet with friends or something a little more romantic.
Our recommendation is the Penne con Gorgonzola, speck e rucola or the Gnocci with Gorgonzola and the chocolate mousse.. you will surely not go wrong.

Price Range: $$$$
Location: Off Acacia Avenue, Kololo
Tel: +256701098732
Web: www.villakololo.com
MEDITERRANEO RESTAURANT UGANDA

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5. CAFÉ MEBANAS

The price friendly menu puts all dishes at an average 25,000 shillings, which for a place on the upside of Kampala is quite a steal. However, let the price friendliness not fool you.. there is no compromise what so ever in culinary quality! Cafe Mebanas cuts a fine figure with its vintage aesthetic, spacious dining, friendly staff and unique take on classic dishes.

Price Range: $$
Location: Plot 10 Kafu Road, Twed Towers
Tel: 0776322627
Web: www.cafemebanas.co.ug
Mebanas

 

6. Il PATIO ITALIAN RESTAURANT

In 2009, the Mayfair Group added an Italian restaurant to its casino opening the doors of Il Patio (“The Porch” in the Italian language). The restaurant, situated in the internal garden of the casino building serves luncheons and dinners in the best Italian tradition and features an interesting selection of the best Italian wines. Il Patio also lends itself beautifully to private cocktail and dinner parties.

Price Range: $$$$$
Location: Kisozi Close, Nakasero
Tel: +256414258448
Web: www.myfrgroup.com
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7. THE LAWNS RESTAURANT

The Lawns blends the urban landscape with décor of country side restaurant, with foods selected all across continent and fused with local ingredients to create fusion delights. The Lawns is also one of a handful of outlets that have Game Meat such as Ostrich, Crocodile, Kudu and more as part of their offering.

Price Range: $$$
Location: Plot 34 Impala Avenue, Kololo
Tel: 0414250337
Web: www.thelawns.co.ug
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8. YUJO JAPANESE RESTAURANT, SUSHI BAR & IZAKAYA

With an unmissably inviting atmosphere and set in a large garden, the restaurant is warmly lit with several lanterns hanging over a prominent Sushi Bar, the feature of the restaurant. Yujo offers the authentic seating options associated with a traditional Japanese restaurant: at a table, at the Sushi Bar or in the Yujo Noma (Friendship Room), where patrons seem cross legged and dine on low tables the traditional Japanese way.

Price Range: $$$
Location: 4 Kyadondo Road, Nakasero
Tel: 0794 289 856
8 yujo japanese restaurant

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9. CARPE DIEM RESTAURANT, ENTEBBE

Much of the delight of Carpe Diem lies in its informality and flexibility, and yet, make no mistake, the devil is in the detail and it soon becomes obvious that much thought and hard work gone into every aspect. This is mainly Mexican and Continental and the food menu is reasonably priced with the most expensive dish on their menu being beef or vegetable lasagna which is 24,000 UGX.

Price Range: $$
Location: Plot 33, Uringi Crescent, Entebbe
Tel: + 256793396832
Web: www.carpediemuganda.com
 CarpeDiem

 

10. FEZ BRASSERIE AT EMIN PASHA

Emin Pasha creates a harmonious balance between old and new. Tradition blends seamlessly with contemporary – from the architecture to the furnishings and soft touches, to those modern amenities that today’s urban professional requires. The restaurant and wine bar, Fez Brasserie, is open to the public as well as to guests. The carefully planned menu changes frequently and draws its inspiration from many quarters, with strong Pan-African and Asian influences, as well as the more traditional continental flare.

Price Range: $$$$
Location: 27 Akii Bua Road, Nakasero
Tel: +256414236977
Web: www.eminpasha.com
FEZ BRASSERIE AND WINE BAR  emin pasha

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3 Reviews

  1. joelkalule says:

    Have ever been to Raves but you can’t feel like leave, its very quite . I can’t remember what I ate. They told me to trust them and make a choice , it was really nice every sato you find there

    • Mariam says:

      Joel, Thanks for visiting RAVES. We are planning a romantic 5-course dinner on Valentines day for lovers. Please ensure you are booked in to avoid disappointed as the night will be strictly on reservation basis. Details on this will soon be posted to our website http://www.ravescafe.com or Twitter page: RavesCafe or Facebook page : RavesacafeUganda or worst case, call 0312 261 266

  2. Moses says:

    I totally agree with the editor. Selected restaurants indeed offer not just excellent service and food but too are indeed serene and places for people with taste.

    Well done.

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