CRAP! L’il Vegas has closed and taken with them the only decent burger in Kigali. Boo.
Let me preface this review by saying that any restaurant that has Nando’s Peri-Peri sauce to accompany the meal is already a winner, in my mind. I was also able to snag some French’s mustard and my fellow diners were also impressed by the ‘Steer’ MSG-loaded salt and the availability of ketchup, mayo and akabanga. It was a veritable feast of condiments, I tell you!
I walk by this place all the time and have been intrigued by it since it first opened its doors but never ventured inside until today. There’s something unappealing about a doorway packed with blinking gambling machines. Not the most inviting thing for me. Perhaps they need a giant sign outside that says ‘We have peri-peri and mustard!’ That totally would have got me in there.
But once you bypass the couple of rows of gaming machines and work your way towards the back, you’re rewarded with a huge window with a bunch of inviting wooden booths. Peri-peri, mustard, and booths! Does it get any better, I ask you? Well! Once the food comes, it does. Everyone ordered burgers (Rwf 2,000), some giant double burgers (Rwf 3,500), some with avocado (Rwf 500 per extra topping), some with a delicious sauce with essence of cinnamon. Sounds weird but it was delicious. As I’ve established… I’m all about the sauce. The buns were perfect. I’m going to go out on a limb and declare Li’l Vegas as having the best burger in Kigali. Yep. I said it.
The mysterious sizing of the fries had me confused. The small orders looked like a similar size to the medium order… and both were huge. So if you’re trying to be frugal, ordering the cheaper order of the small friends should still see you with a pretty big mound of chips. The prices in general are pretty good with a large Primus for Rwf 1,000, a pop for Rwf 600 and the food is well priced for the high level of yummy and the large portions. The menu is pretty extensive too with breakfast options, steak, chicken fingers, fish and chips, meatballs and all of that nice unhealthy stuff. Plus they have cocktails which will be sampled soon enough.
The Vegas Hunga Busta JackDog wins the prize for best food name in Kigali and this turned out to be two hotdogs put together on a giant bun with coleslaw. Pretty impressive presentation, I have to say. It was definitely a hotdog from North America and brought back memories of childhood lunches past. My only complaint with the food is that the hotdog was pretty cold and I’m not sure how cooked it was.
While I’m all for wooden booths and a giant window, the gambling machines kind of kill part of the atmosphere for me. They’re not loud or anything and we couldn’t even see them where we were sitting, but they still take up three quarters of the place and aren’t the nicest things to be around. Well… I don’t like them so much but if you’re a poker machine player then you’ll love it here. But, that said, I can’t be too harsh. It is billed as a gambling spot so it delivers exactly the atmosphere you’d expect. I guess I’m just saying that if you’re looking for a meal under the stars with an amazing view of the city, this isn’t the place for that.
The service was great. The wait staff are really on top of things and attentive at all of the right moments, the food came out pretty fast and when I asked for a business card as I left, I was instead brought the managers who gave me one in person. We had a short chat and they were friendly and happy to be being reviewed for the site. You could tell that they were pretty confident that they have a good operation going at Li’l Vegas and wanted me to share my thoughts with my tens of millions of readers.
Give them a call if you’d like to pre-order some takeaway and they’ll also do delivery if you live in town. This place is a great little find and I’d recommend checking it out!
Kitchen Hours: 10am – 10pm, Monday to Wednesday, 10am – 11pm, Thursday to Sunday
Phone: 0782 734 193 / 0784 192 611
More Info: L’il Vegas on Eating in Kigali