Woah, woah woah! Rwandan cuisine is delicious! I’ve met a lot of Indians in Rwanda but no one had happened to eat what I ate in Rwanda! Sadly, there’s no street food so just walking down the street and browsing at steamy food carts isn’t possible. Instead you’ll have to wander into a local bar or restaurant and know what you want to order. Here is a little guide to relish the best of what Rwandan cuisine has to offer:
Meat on a stick! If anyone asked me what sort of food Rwanda is known for, I would have to say the mighty brochette. It’s basically, a kebab of meat or fish. Most local places will only offer up goat (sometimes with liver or intestine thrown in for a little surprise) and some more fancy places will also do fish, beef or chicken. One thing they generally have in common is that the meat (especially goat) is cooked to oblivion. But somehow it’s super delicious.
Everyone finds their own favorite local brochette place so hit up a few bars, sample some meat sticks and see if you can find a great place of your own.
“Nimish my friend, this is Akabenz. A.K.A. Benz. We love our pork as mush as we love Mercedes-Benz!”
That was Vedaste talking about Akabenz sitting at this bar called Come Again. I think Come Again is the only place in Kigali which serves this fancy pork dish with Banana French Fries and Onion Salad topped with Mayonnaise.
…is delicious! I’m not sure if ‘Nyama Choma’ is roasted meat in general or if it refers specifically to roasted goat meat. It’s a very popular dish in Kenya and you can find it at various places around Kigali. It’s basically a leg of goat meat roasted and then chopped up into pieces. Seriously yummy.
Well, if you are a vegan or not fond of trying the local cuisine, don’t worry! In Kigali at least you’ll find a lot places serving good Italian, Continental and even Indian food. For my Indian folks who plan to travel to Rwanda but are concerned about the availability of Indian cuisine, I visited few places like Khaana Khazana, Blueberry (soon to be Delhi Darbar), Zaaffran and Fat Mama’s Kitchen. Out of these, Khaana Khazana was my favorite to savor some amazing Biryani while Fat Mama’s Kitchen’s vegetarian thali (combo of various Indian food like Chapati, Gravy, Rice and Daal) was a simple yet delicious Indian lunch affair.
Jumia! The Swiggy/UberEats of Rwanda:
If you don’t wish to walk down/travel all the way to a restaurant to grab a bite, you can order food from Jumia. It’s available on both iOS and Android app stores. Two things be needed from you would be a Rwandan phone number and to know where exactly you stay.
Kinyarwanda is the official language of Rwanda along with French, English and Swahili. In the capital you might find a lot of people who would understand English but not in Kibuye or Gisenyi as people in rest of the country only speak Kinyarwanda. Most of the times it is a fun experience to try and explain the locals what you are trying to say but it can be a bit uncomfortable for the ladies if it’s late in the night. Hence, I would suggest you to always have a local reachable by call so that there is no confusion if you are stuck somewhere.