Food & Go
This place has closed but Food & Go still do catering.
I’ve seen Food & Go go from its infancy several years ago as a lunch delivery place called Food & Stuff, then to a successful catering-only operation, and now it’s all grown up and has a small cafe inside the beautiful Waka Global location in town. I was a little bit obsessed with their delivery service way back in 2011 when it was almost impossible to get fresh, healthy, pre-made food in Kigali.
Their blue cheese and beef sandwich was an addiction of mine and I was rather sad when they decided to switch their focus to catering. I encountered them occasionally at events, but I couldn’t get their food delivered on demand anymore which was somewhat soul crushing. Oh, how I dreamed of that sandwich. I never even got to say goodbye. It was all so sudden!
But all is not lost and, happily, Food & Go are back on the the Kigali food scene. I can safely say that it was worth the wait because they’ve honed their magical chef skills over the years and the sandwiches, soup, salads, smoothies, and snacks on offer here are some of the best things you’ll find in the city. Everything on their changing menu uses some sort of ingredient or combination of ingredients not usual at cafes in Kigali, so it’s a great place to go if you’re in desperate need of a reprieve from mediocre pizza, burgers, and omelettes. Plus everything is super fresh and it’s a great spot for a quick meal or takeaway.
They also have a good selection of coffee, tea, pop, and they even serve beer and wine. Sadly, they don’t have any ice so if you prefer your coffee or mocha iced, as I do, beware of this mysterious oversight. But it’s a good excuse to have a glass of wine instead… right? Or their regular (hot) mocha is quite delicious so that’s an option as well. They also have a small selection of baked goods including a very tasty brownie (Rwf 1,000) and energy bars that look quite filling.
I’ve tried a few things at Food & Go over the years including the chicken pesto sandwich (Rwf 3,500), several different smoothies (Rwf 3,000), and a bunch of salads. The chicken pesto sandwich was made on a panini and toasted so the mozzarella turned all melty and delicious. There was something chutney-like on it that I couldn’t quite identify which I didn’t love, but it was still an excellent sandwich. However, since the menu changes all the time, who knows what sandwich-y delights will be there when you go.
The selection of salads at Food & Go is something that sets it apart a bit. They’re one of the few places in Kigali (along with Turambe Shoppe) who take their salads to the next level with creative combinations and healthy, fresh ingredients that can’t be found at other cafes. They take their salads (Rwf 4,000 to 4,500) seriously so, if you do too, make a visit to Food & Go a priority in your life. They mix in great ingredients like quinoa, kale, sweet potato, basil, nuts, and even wheat germ (whatever that is).
The thing I love most about Food & Go is that their menu changes weekly. If you have favourites you’ll want to figure out what things are served when. So while they change things up each week, you can usually find your go to salads and sandwhiches making another appearance at some point the following month. I’m still waiting in vein for the return of the blue cheese and beef, but I will never give up. We will meet again, I am sure of it. The newest addition to their menu is soup, but only on Mondays and Wednesdays. This also rotates with a different soup each time and then the whole thing starts over the following month.
My newest Kigali addiction has to be the beef taco soup with tortilla chips, guacamole, and salsa. It’s a soul-warming bowl of chili with small meatballs (instead of ground beef), beans, and veggies. It’s super filling and, at Rwf 3,000, it has to be one of the best bargains in Kigali. The tortilla chips are unbelievably delicious and the guacamole and salsa are perfect as a dip or you can just pile it all into the soup if you feel like letting your hair down a bit. Go on… I know you want to! Their other soups all look amazing as well and I think I’ll have to make Food & Go a regular spot on Mondays or Wednesdays. Or both.
Food & Go is a pretty small operation and they seem quite focused on takeaway and delivery meals (you can order by WhatsApp or SMS at +250 (0)786 063 323 or through Jumia Food) with packaging that’s good for people on the move. Staff are friendly and everything seems to be run very efficiently. Despite their relatively small menu they still manage to have an awesome selection of sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and treats but they sometimes run out of certain things so it’s best to get there for an early lunch if you don’t want to miss out.
I’m a big fan of Food & Go and their location at the Waka town gym and coworking space is perfect since their creations are the exact sort of healthy meals people tend to crave after a good workout. Plus Waka is beautiful and worth checking out, so stop by and grab something yummy from Food & Go while you’re there!
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm (town location), 7am – 5pm (Kimihurura location), Closed Weekends
Phone: 0786 063 323