Micha’s Bistro-Cafe

As someone always on the lookout for food adventures, I tend to gravitate towards the places that never seem to have any patrons… often located next to gas stations or on busy roads.  I have no idea why these forgotten places appeal to me and most of the time these food experiments do not end well… but sometimes I find a gem like Micha’s Bistro-Cafe. Sadly, there’s no gas station nearby but it is located on a busy road and I’ve never seen another person eating there. As an added quirky bonus, they’ve recently added a ‘golden arches’ that lights up at night which is both hilarious and strangely alluring.

Their ‘patio’ is just a few metres from the busy road leading down to Nyabugogo which means a lot of noisy traffic but also a lot of people bustling by. Over the course of my meal, I had a couple of small children stop by on their way down the road to give me a high five. I prefer my lunches to have surprise high fives, so that was a nice touch.

As I’ve made it my personal mission to find the best burger in Kigali I, of course, burgered it up. Happily, what was served to me looked nothing like a Big Mac that the faux golden arches may have promised. Instead I got a meaty burger (Rwf 2,500) stacked with tomatoes, onion and lettuce with a healthy pile of thick fries on the side. Though I think Lil’ Vegas still has the edge on the best burger title, Micha’s puts forward a pretty good offering. The bun is a bit bulky but otherwise it’s a nice burger. My friend ordered a ‘Spanish rolex’ (Rwf 1,700) without being too sure what that would entail. Luckily, he was served a rolex that lived up to his high expectations as a rolex connoisseur. It didn’t come with any sides, but is a good size for breakfast or a light lunch. The chicken fingers were another tasty surprise.

My brave experimental dining buddy was particularly impressed with the availability of garlic mayo and watermelon juice. Garlic mayo seems to be the domain of Mr. Chips, but Ms. (Mr.?) Micha does a fine version as well. And, unless you’re willing to pay a fortune at The Serena Hotel, fresh juices are pretty elusive in Kigali. Micha’s has a bunch of different varieties on offer (Rwf 1,500 – 2,000) which was  a nice surprise. We ordered one watermelon and one lemon juice, half expecting them not to actually exist but, amazingly, delicious fresh juice was served up to us after all. The lemon juice was really sour (which I liked but I couldn’t finish the whole thing) and, while I think watermelon juice is an insult to juice everywhere, it was pretty ok. Our juice order actually took longer than our food order (about 20 minutes) but they were worth the wait.

While weirdos like me like dining at mysterious empty places on the sides of roads, I still went into this place with pretty low expectations as this combination rarely leads to a wonderful food experience. But to my surprise Micha’s pulled it off. The food is tasty, cheap and (possibly due to us being the only people there) the service was fast and friendly.

It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and, as an added bonus ‘o mystery, Micha’s also has a bar downstairs that, I’m told has live music on the weekends. I’ve also been informed that they have a comedian on Thursdays. This comedian, I’m told, is the same guy who does the farting, meowing, barking noises show that I’ve seen once before in Uganda and twice in Nyamirambo. It’s awful and makes me despair for the state of people’s senses of humour in this part of the world. But it’s also fascinating and, if what my friend says is true, then a trip to the Micha’s bar on a Thursday is on my to do list.

Check it out. You won’t find chicken McNuggets and Big Macs but that’s probably a good thing.

Hours: Open 24 hours!
More Info: Micha’s Bistro Cafe 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.