Kiboko Pub, Grill & Pizza Bujumbura: Officially My Favourite Restaurant in Burundi

1. Kiboko Grill, Ubuntu Residence Bujumbura Akinyi Adongo

When we first strolled into Kiboko Grill located within the Ubuntu Residence complex, we were thirsty, hungry, tired from our flight and fighting to adjust to the Bujumbura heat.

Little did we know that we were about to be refreshed, rejuvenated and stuffed from the delicious treats awaiting us. One thing we learnt was that you do not need to ask for Kiboko Grill located within the Ubuntu Residence complex, once you ask anyone where Ubuntu is they will know what you are talking about.

The Entrance to Kiboko Grill

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The entrance gives way to an expansive garden with a splendid view of Lake Tanganyika.

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We went straight to the dining section and made ourselves comfortable…

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We had samosas as our starter. They were so delicious to the point where I completely forgot to take a picture 🙂

Next came the main course. Stef had grilled Mukeke fish with french fries.

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I decided to go with Pearl’s suggestion of the captain fish brochette. Pearl is from South Africa. She lives and works in Burundi, so I figured she would know what’s good on the menu. I was right. The fish brochette was divine. They serve it on a skewer stand as is illustrated below…

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Shrina had a pizza…

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Judging from the number of orders, their pizzas are quite popular…

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We had dessert after dinner which the three of us could barely finish…

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The only thing separating Kiboko from Lake Tanganyika is a road. As a result the view is lovely and the breeze more than welcome.

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44 Kiboko Grill, Ubuntu Residence Bujumbura Akinyi Adongo

We went back to Kiboko Grill a couple of times for lunch, dinner and coffee meetings. One of the most fun lunch/afternoon we spent there was with Rudy (the owner of Kiboko Grill) and Thais and Banti who were on a weekend long holiday in Bujumbura.

Banti had Calamari as his starter…

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Thais had the beef carpaccio as her starter, as did Stef.

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The main courses were quite varied. Rudy had fish and chips…

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Cynthia had chicken and chips…

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Thais had the pork leg…

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Banti had the grilled Mukeke fish…

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And I had my usual Captain fish brochette…

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We may have downed a bottle of sparkling wine during and after lunch (I like to include myself in the “we” in this sentence despite the fact that I still don’t drink alcohol) . We then signed the bottle for Rudy 🙂

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Coming back to Kiboko Grill, they also have a warm bar section where we usually gathered around to have drinks before and after dinner.

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One of the things I did appreciate about this restaurant was the bathrooms. They were clean and very well kept. We still judge a venue by its bathrooms. The second thing that made us visit regularly was the wireless internet.

Corridor leading to the bathrooms

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The swimming pool was a bonus. A couple of people hopped in whenever we were there in the afternoon

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42 Kiboko Grill, Ubuntu Residence Bujumbura Akinyi Adongo

Our overall experience here was memorable. It would be a crime not to visit Kiboko Grill if you ever end up in Bujumbura…

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