Bamboo Rooftop

Bamboo Rooftop

Hello Food KigaliThis is another one of Kigali’s restaurants that I seem to frequent a lot but have yet to get around to a reviewing. They actually just recently celebrated their two-year anniversary which is weird… it seems like only yesterday that this building appeared out of nowhere, complete with the Bamboo Rooftop Chinese restaurant on the top.

It’s truly a strange place. Every time I eat here there seems to have been some new shipment of unusual furniture and decorations. Anything from the hanging basket chairs to ever-changing arrangements of patio furniture to a children’s trampoline to, most recently, a piano raised up on a small stage surrounded by fake grass and plants. The giant snooker table is an interesting addition… I have no idea how they got it to the top of this five story building or, more mysteriously, why anyone would bother. I chalk the rotating furniture up to the fact that this restaurant sits atop T-2000… Kigali’s consumer mecca of plastic Chinese crap. Two giant floors worth of  ridiculousness… so I guess some of it is bound to migrate up into the restaurant. I do enjoy ending my lunch with a quick browse around the store below. My current favourite item: “Cock Flavoured Soup”. Yes, I have the maturity level of a 9-year-old boy.

Bamboo Rooftop is huge. HUGE. It’s cavernous and I don’t think I’ve ever seen more than five customers there at once, not for lunch at least. The staff usually outnumber diners two-to-one because it’s important that someone wait by the elevator to push the button for you when you’re ready to leave. It’s also important that they wait there with two other people whose jobs still remain a mystery to me. But hey! At least they’re employing people and if anyone ever wanted an impromptu game of football with two full teams of players then, lord knows, there would be space up there.

Spring Rolls and Soup

Enough about the weirdness… lets talk about food. I like it although I have to admit that I’m not sure which serves up the best Chinese food in town. I’d say it’s kind of a toss up between all of Kigali’s Chinese choices: Great Wall, Flamingo, Alink, Silk, and Tangren… plus I hear a new Chinese place opened up recently in Kacyiru somewhere. The food pretty much seems to be the same no matter which Chinese restaurant I end up in so I tend to choose Bamboo because it’s close to my house, handy for lunch and T-2000 shopping trips, and it has a really nice view where I can monitor the ongoing construction of the gigantic office building below. Plus if I ever wanted to do some rollerblading or interpretive dance, there’s plenty of space.

Service here is pretty good with the small army of well-attired, attentive, and friendly staff. Whenever the manager is there he usually comes over to say hello which is always a nice touch. Food rarely takes longer than 20 or 30 minutes which makes it a good choice for a quick lunch that isn’t a Rwandan buffet. Once upon a time they had a Chinese lunch buffet, but I haven’t seen it in awhile, so they must have stopped it. The servings are large enough to be able to share one main dish and some rice which makes for a pretty economic lunch for two.

Spring Rolls and Soup

There’s a pretty well-stocked bar here and the prices for drinks are decent. They’ve hosted parties in the past and if it weren’t such a cavernous space, it would make a good venue at night just due to the view alone. If you could find 700 of your closest friends and fill it up, then it might work.

Overall I like Bamboo. Weirdness, quick service, decent food, ok prices, nice view… it ticks all of the boxes. It’s not super amazing or anything, but I always leave full and without feeling frustrated by the service, so that’s got to be worth something!

Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm
Phone: 0786 006 665 / 0786 006 668
More Info: Bamboo Rooftop on Eating in Kigali

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About Kirsty

A Canadian who left in 2001 to wander around the world in search of sun, beautiful views and goat brochettes. Found Kigali in July 2010 and it seems like the perfect fit. I expect to be here until I get kicked out for defiantly walking on the grass while wearing flip flops.