As delicious as chapati and beans can be, there are some days when we Muzungus just need a taste of the familiar to remind us of home. Over the four months I spent over in Rwanda, I am pretty sure I tried the majority of the restaurants within Kigali, so here are my top 5:
1. Meze Fresh: If you are craving burritos or other Mexican food, this is the place to go. They offer burrito bowls, tacos, and salads as well as different types of meats such as goat, chicken, beef, and pork as well as vegetarian options. Their prices are pretty comparable with a burrito costing about 3500 RWf (less than $5.)
2. Zaafran: This is definitely the place to go for those who are craving Indian food. My housemates and I would go and order a couple dishes to share between us (the portion sizes were definitely big enough). This place is a bit on the spendy side (though, it is still less than about $10.) *Bonus: According to livinginkigali.com they apparently deliver now; though I am a bit skeptical on the speed of delivery.
3. Mr. Chips is awesome. They are quick and cheap and have an amazing falafel burger for those with vegetarian preferences.
4. Sol e Luna is a little Italian restaurant that serves really great pizza and other food. They have a lunch buffet during the day and on Monday nights they have a quiz night. This is a pretty popular place for expats and muzungus to go, so if you are looking for a good slice of pizza, a beer, or just wanting to socialize then this is definitely the place to go.
5. Chez Lando: If you are feeling hungry for an African buffet, Chez Lando hotel has a really good one for lunch. One tip to remember: For African buffets, it is customary to only go into the line once and fill up your plate on the first run through. It is seen as rude to go into the line more than once, unlike in American buffets.
*Bonus: It took me the longest time to find a place where I could get a latte. Finally, with only one month left in my semester I discovered the best bakery in Kigali: RZ Mana. They have the best chocolate croissants and iced lattes and the most dependable wifi of any place we went to. I probably went there 3-4 a week in that last month.