The Bay Bistro: Serious cooking on the lake

By Martyn Tumwesigye

November 12, 2013

For customers, there is little not to like about The Bay Bistro. Their slogan is “Serious cooking on the lake” and true to their word they do serve good meals right next to the Lake. What sets The Bay apart from other restaurants for a first timer is the simplicity of the whole setting of the restaurant, the great charm and feel of the place.
The Bay Bistro MunyonyoRight from much of the outside open dining area which is built with wooden poles and a roof of papyrus reeds to the menu which is printed on A4 papers held with a clipboard, the sofas supplemented by fireplaces in the garden area and an open kitchen. Everything is so simple but at the same time very detailed and exquisite. Suzanne Nilsson one of the founders and owner of The Bay explains the inspiration behind the name “We spent a long time searching for a name” she says. “But in the end we wanted something simple and we thought; why not call it The Bay?”

Opened in March 2012 The Bay sits back from Munyonyo road off Wavamuno Road next to Speke Resort Hotel. It has a good mix of both young and old people and is appropriate for a family day out, dinner or a date. Being very quiet and having no televisions ensures that the mood is right for an interactive time out.

They have a simple international menu that ranges between 15,000 UGX – 30,000 UGX. For a first timer it’s recommended to try out their tasty burgers. The burgers which are popular with the regulars at The Bay range from 25,000 UGX to 30,000 UGX. “You just have to try out our burgers” Says Suzanne “We probably make the best burgers in Kampala”. Their menu also includes rarities in Kampala like Swedish meat balls and Swedish almond cake for desert. Drinks range from 2,000 UGX for a water to 10,000 UGX for a glass of wine. Beers cost 5,000 UGX.

All their coffee is processed on site and they roast their own coffee beans. They also sell espresso ground Arabica coffee that’s hand roasted and packaged on site. The catch is that 5% of profits on every package of 250 gms goes to the Gorilla conservation. Each 250 gms pack goes for 10,000 UGX.

For those that are into smoking shisha, they don’t offer it but you are totally allowed to bring your own shisha hookah, tobacco and charcoal. They have expansion plans to open up a beach bar and a jetty on the lake by November, 2013 to make it possible for both locals and tourists to take boat cruises to destinations of their choice on Lake Victoria.

The Bay Bistro Munyonyo

The Bay is open from Wednesday to Monday from 1PM – 11PM and closed on Tuesdays. Suzanne explains that the reason they close early is because The Bay is quite different from other restaurants. “There are many clubs and hangout places around Munyonyo that people can go to and dance past 11PM. But The Bay strives to give its clientele a fine dining experience in a quiet, homely and romantic setting by the lake”

If you are planning a trip to The Bay, Suzanne stresses the need to make a reservation to avoid any inconveniences. For reservations and any other information, you can reach The Bay by phone:

Mobile: +256 (0) 783 253 202




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