By Michelle Sutton
I often wonder where to get a good burger and fries. A burger with a deliciously seasoned patty, a fresh bun and burger sauce that oozes out and runs down my fingers, served with crispy fries. Well I suppose I can save my wonder since I found the place! There’s a new kid on the Kisimenti block called The Bistro.
The Bistro has an inviting patio. Big umbrellas shade the cafe tables and decorative wrought iron work with plants winding through it gives privacy from the parking lot. Inside the restaurant are a range of seating options, tables covered with crisp white linens and comfortable chairs, benches along the window, stools along the bar and easy chairs surrounding large coffee tables. The atmosphere has a New York SoHo feel to it. A mix of music plays in the background. Now, no matter how great the place looks, what really matters is the food.
After looking around the restaurant, we chose a seat at one of the tables with white linens. Our waiter brought a couple of menus and took our drink order. We perused through the menu of tapas, salads, burgers, grilled food, Indian dishes and sandwiches. Deciding on our order took us some time. As we read through the menu we agreed that most items sounded good which made it difficult to choose what we should order for our lunch. The waiter was very attentive and answered queries that we had about menu items. Finally we settled on ordering an assortment of tapas to share. Sesame chicken wings, smoky ribs, garlic shrimps and garlic chips. As we waited for the food we listened to the music and admired the decor. Our waiter was quick to respond to nearly empty drink glasses and take our order for more. The food arrived at once and we didn’t know where to start. Our table was full of great looking food. As we delved in we licked our lips with satisfaction. Everything was really good. The ribs had a spicy kick to them and the chips were moreish. There was definitely nothing disappointing about our lunch.
After eating I made my way to the bathroom at the back of the restaurant to wash my hands. I think that The Bistro has one of the nicest bathrooms I’ve seen in a Kampala restaurant. A single spacious room with a large sink and mirror, nice lighting and a very pleasant fresh smell. The bathroom was extremely clean.
We left the restaurant feeling very satisfied with every aspect of our lunch and eager to return to try something else off the menu. A few days later we decided to have dinner at The Bistro the first evening that they were open for dinner service. Since we were already a little bit familiar with the menu, this time we knew exactly what we wanted, I wanted to try their burger. Once again we shared a couple of tapas to start, Calamari and the assorted Brushcetta. For the main course I ordered the chicken burger, a minced chicken patty grilled and served on a bun with lettuce and tomato. The waiter tempted me with extra toppings of cheese and bacon. My husband ordered the coconut fish curry served with Swahili rice and garlic bread. Once again the food did not disappoint. I loved my burger, it was everything that I hoped for. My husband enjoyed his coconut curry and said that the flavours were really developed and the Swahili rice was a favourite. The only disappointing factor was that we didn’t have any appetite left for dessert, maybe another time!
The Bistro gets a two thumbs from us for food, atmosphere, service and when the bill came we thought everything was very affordable. If you’re looking for something, fresh new and vibrant, visit the Bistro.
The Bistro is open from 7am to 10pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Plot 15 Cooper Road, Kismenti