The inaugural Kampala Restaurant Week, which has quickly endeared itself into the hearts of many Ugandans, came to a fitting and pompous end on 13th June 2015 with an elegant cocktail held at Yujo Japanese Restaurant on Kyadondo Road, Nakasero.
The Kampala Restaurant Week which run from June 2nd to June 13th saw 40 of Kampala’s top restaurants make delectable creative meals at large discounts and had Kampala’s foodie elite and thrill seekers hopping from restaurant to restaurant in a bid to experience the various flavors of Kampala on a pocket friendly budget.
The closing event, emceed by former Big Brother Housemate Charlie Denzel Mwiyeretsi, was also an Awards Gala to celebrate the various individuals that contributed to the social media success of the #KlaRestaurantWeek hashtag and more importantly to celebrate the emergence of Yujo Japanese Restaurant as the People’s Choice Top Restaurant for Kampala Restaurant Week 2015.
During the Restaurant Week, diners were asked to rate their restaurant experiences on the Official Restaurant Week Webpage by rating restaurants on 1 to 10 scale with consideration to Ambiance, Food, Service and general Amenities. At the close of voting on 10th June, Yujo Japanese Restaurant emerged the highest rated restaurant with a poll of 8.3/10 from 132 voters who showed their appreciation for the restaurant’s vast cuisine offering during the week and their closely attentive service.
Over 4,000 votes were cast in this exercise.
The objective of the award is to challenge restaurant proprietors to continue pushing for the highest possible standard of service delivery in the Kampala’s restaurant industry.
The award was handed over by Philip Kalibwani of The Pearl Guide (organizers of Kampala Restaurant Week) and Kelvin Wanjira, Brand Manager of Nederburg Wines (Official Sponsor of Kampala Restaurant Week).
Other highly rated restaurants from this exercise included Seven Seas Restaurant at Kampala Sheraton, The Lawns, Mantra and Prunes Cafe Restaurant.
Individual Winners included Emma Namala Kironde who was awarded for The Most Creative Restaurant Week Photos as she dressed in the cultural theme of every restaurant she visited and Carol Kamanzi who emerged with the Most-Liked #KlaRestaurantWeek photo on Instagram.
The Kampala Restaurant Week, which promises an even greater experience in 2016, was a phenomenal success in its first edition as Kampala diners were adequately exposed to the vast opportunities in Kampala’s restaurant scene and the restaurants all recorded a dramatic surge in visits during the week. The hashtag #KlaRestaurantWeek also set new domestic records with over 750 photos shared on Instagram and over 5,000 posts on Twitter.