By Charlie Case
What a breath of fresh air it is to go to Prunes! Not only is it refreshing to sit in their garden but also to find a place with genuinely good service, well trained staff, a concise menu with original fresh items, and food that arrives at your table still fresh from the kitchen.
As you enter the wall is painted in large black letters – “BRUNCH”. You will probably be greeted by the Maître de, Freddie, with his charismatic friendly smile who will efficiently usher you to a table and make you feel welcome. The cafe occupies a modified bungalow in Kololo. You enter via the garden and can either sit outside on the patio which has Kenyan style beige stone slab flooring with colourful red and white chairs, or inside. The interior is dominated by the bar and the large wooden bookshelf behind the bar that go all the way to the ceiling. The shelves are stacked with Prunes house blend coffee and drinks. The interior continues the theme of black and white, and black chalkboard walls are covered with chalk drawings and pictures asking you to ‘believe in a better meal’. Lighting is subtle with glass balls hanging from the ceiling. The cafe is light and airy, well designed and the wood gives it a very homey touch.
Prunes is the place of choice in Kampala for Saturday brunch, pulling a crowd as they have a fresh produce market with vendors selling organic fresh vegetables as well as homemade cheese and jams. This is what epitomizes Prunes; it’s all about healthy and fresh food. The food menu is concise and quirky. Try their Popeye’s Choice for brunch: Florentine eggs with spinach, avocado slices and hollandaise sauce. The poached eggs are consistently good, runny yellow yolks with hard whites, the bread roll and the spinach still green. Or try the Eggs and Three: Scrambled eggs with a choice of three toppings for 13,500/=. They have healthy breakfast options like fruit salad and granola with choice of milk, soya milk or yoghurt from 8,000/=
The drinks menu is more extensive than the food menu with a delicious selection of coffees: Espresso, Latte, Mocha. The list goes on including house specialty coffees and teas and they reward their loyal coffee lovers with a loyalty card! They make milk shakes and I can recommend their frappes – thick and creamy. If you don’t fancy coffee or tea they have smoothies and freshly blended fruit juices. Try the minty melon (watermelon, pineapple and mint) or if you want to be really healthy go for the “Healthy Boost” – Beetroot, celery, carrot, apple and ginger. I went for a Bloody Mary.
On Sundays it is a much more relaxed affair and you can make use of the free WiFi. Mums and Dads come in with the little ones and if the staff are not too busy they are happy to take the children off to the swings, slide or trampoline provided for their entertainment. If you come for lunch you must try some of the salads or sandwiches. The House Salad (18,500/=) with grilled chicken or tilapia over a bed of avocado, mango, red onions, cucumber and lettuce, dressed with sweet chilli vinaigrette is excellent, – fresh lettuce, white chicken fillet.
All of the sandwiches have inventive names, Chick Chick Hurray, Italian Inside (Fresh mozzarella, cherry tomato and homemade pesto in a baguette), Tastes Fishy and Smoking Cold – Smoked salmon with cream cheese spread, capers, dill and lemon in a fresh baguette. At 20,500/= it is the most expensive item on the menu but the portion of salmon is generous and worth it. All their dishes are substantial enough to not leave you hungry and they have the option to add extra toppings to any salad. If the sun is out, wash your lunch down with a Moscow Mule or a Frozen Strawberry margarita.
Of course, what would coffee be without cakes? Prunes has a separate cake menu with a selection of mouth watering cupcakes. Try the double chocolate one. They also make specialty cakes for weddings and birthdays.
Prunes have a daily special dish and a soup of the day which is available all day, ideal for an evening meal. Specials include lasagne, ginger steamed fish, Penne Arabiatta and carrot soup.
Every third Wednesday starting 7.30pm is Lebanese night at Prunes – set menu, bbq and shisha!
The service is genuinely good and the food arrives in a timely manner so you can go for lunch during the week knowing you will not wait hours. I love it.
Prunes is situated on Wampewo Ave, just below the Kololo airstrip and is open from 8 am to 10 pm from Monday to Saturday and 9 am till 8 pm on Sunday. Takeaway and delivery are available by calling: 0772712002.
For more information, please contact:
8 Wampewo Avenue, Kololo, Kampala
Mobile: +256 772 712002