Kampala Cafe Ballet’s Refined Dining

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Before you go back home Café Ballet is the right place visit! The ambience is serene and there’s soft music playing in the background like, “Time to say Goodbye by Josh Groban” it feels calm and tranquil.

Located on Plot 34C Kyadondo road in Nakasero, Café Ballet has been open for five years. It is owned by Kampala Ballet & Modern Dance School which belongs to the Queen of Buganda, Nabagereka Sylvia Nagginda. It specializes in Afro-Caribbean cuisine and their tagline is “Where elegance meets culinary excellence”.

There is ample parking space and the friendly security personnel will direct you where to find the Café as it is co-located with the Ballet School. As you enter on your left the stairs (or ramp for the disabled) will take you down a cemented path into the dining area which has metallic tables and chairs covered with comfortable brown cushions. Adjacent to the dining area is the bar and below this dining area are spacious well-lit gardens.

Café’ Ballet is perfect for any meeting where you want a quite venue – whether that’s for a couple on their first date, a large work meeting or a catch up with friends. The setting is ideal for chat with soft music to accompany your meal. If you are a guy and have been planning to take out your girlfriend for a date somewhere new then this is the place.

The menu is uncomplicated and printed on white paper in a nice menu holder. The food is fairly priced with starters from 4,000 UGX for a pair of beef or vegetable samosas to 5,000 UGX for the soup of the day from the chefs. The pumpkin soup was especially tasty.

For the main course, Café Ballet’s specialty is Mildly Jerk Chicken. This is tender pieces of chicken marinated in a blend of roasted Caribbean spices served with plantains and salad. All this comes at a reasonable price of 23,000 UGX.

If you are on a first date, however, and you want to have a full serving and leave an impression on your date, there is ‘Poulet Bacchanal’ which is chunks of marinated boneless chicken cooked with semi-ripe paw paw, dijon mustard, coconut milk, herbs and spices for 25,000 UGX. Don’t be alarmed by the herbs and spices because it is very flavourful. The mains come with an accompaniment of either vegetable or plain rice, parsley potatoes, creamy mashed potatoes, french fries or plantain. The parsley potatoes were boiled, tossed in butter and parsley. With these, and the free salads, the plate was rather full. The Point Breeze juice (7,500 UGX) was good – being a cocktail of pineapple, mango and coconut blended with syrup.

The food is nicely presented and surprisingly moderately priced for the atmosphere and location (Nakasero). The waiters are friendly and do check on you from time to time to ensure you are having a nice time. A whole meal for one can cost 25,000 UGX which was a steal. Alcohol isn’t listed on the menu but the waiter informed that a beer costs 5,000 UGX, sodas 2,000 UGX and wines start at 9,000 UGX.

Café Ballet is open from Monday to Saturday from 7:00am to 10:00pm. They offer take away and delivery to your doorstep depending on the distance.

For more information about Café Ballet visit their Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/cafeballet.co.ug, or http://www.nnabagereka.org/?jc=Cafe_Ballet

Café Ballet can also be reached by email at: cafeballet@gmail.com. By phone at: be +256 (0) 752 511 611.

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