Mr. Chips

I can’t believe I’m only writing a review of Mr. Chips right now! I’ve lived in Kigali for just as long as the restaurant has been around (albeit, in a few different locations) and I still haven’t updated the review since their first location by Sonatubes closed a million years ago. That, my friends, is an abomination. Especially considering how often I eat Mr. Chips’ food. However I almost always order it for delivery from Jumia Food and photos of ripped-open food delivery containers aren’t exactly sexy for the website.

So this week I’ve made a concerted effort to eat Mr. Chips at their handy location in Nyarutarama. It’s not the best place to be when it’s raining or super hot so I’ve had some difficulties but I got there in the end and my belly is full of Mr. Chips goodness for your photo-viewing pleasure. I did cheat and include a few photos from their older location in Kimihurura but I hope you can forgive me.

Mr. Chips, Kigali

Mr. Chips makes one of the best burgers in Kigali. It’s different from the gourmet-style burger you’ll find at Poivre Noir but, I think, just as good. It’s a fast food restaurant and it makes a great fast food-style burger with pickles, tomatoes, all of the expected toppings plus saucy goodness. Plus it’s actually on a bun that’s the right density (important in Kigali when you’re often served a meat patty on a brick-like substance). The fries are some of my favourite in Kigali but beware that they’re more of the soggy English fish supper-style fries than the crispy fries you’ll often find around Kigali. But I like my fries with a good level of sog, so it works for me!

Everything I’ve had at Mr. Chips is good. The owner, Paul, has worked in the food industry for years. First in Canada and then for a long time in Russia. Canada, Russia, Rwanda… an odd path for a fast food guy but I’m glad he’s made his way to Kigali and gone into business. Take note that Paul does a lot more than just fast food, though! Mr. Chips also does excellent Lebanese and Russian nights and he’ll even arrange catering for parties. If you want to try out his theme nights, just call him to let him know how many people you’ll be and he’ll charge per head and take care of the rest. Plus he used to do Vietnamese Pho on some nights and a full English breakfast on the weekends, but I’m not sure if that’s still on or not.

Mr. Chips, Kigali

The pulled BBQ pork sandwich (Rwf 4,500 with chips, Rwf 3,700 without) is one of my favourite things in Kigali and I haven’t found it at any other restaurants in the city. And I’ve looked, my friends. For vegetarians, the falafel burger always got great reviews but it seems to have disappeared from the menu. If you want some falafel action, though, you have the option of adding the balls of goodness to a chef salad (Rwf 3,500).

Mr. Chips is often adding things to his menu and pizza and submarine sandwiches are a relatively new addition. I haven’t found anywhere in Kigali that does a pizza up to my standard but I’d say that Mr. Chips is one of the places that comes the closest. Pizzas cost around Rwf 7,000 each and there’s a good selection. For the subs, I’m a fan of the hot meatball (Rwf 4,000) and I really need to try the Philly cheese steak (Rwf 4,500) one of these days.

Mr. Chips, Kigali

The chicken bites (Rwf 4,500 with chips, Rwf 3,700 without) are very tasty and Mr. Chips has also recently introduced rotisserie chickens (Rwf 10,000 for whole and 5,500 for half) and I have no doubt he knows how to do those. He’s Canadian and I’m sure he’s as familiar with the ‘bubble chicken’ as I am. The difference being, he’ll know how to make an awesome one. Whatever you order, be sure to include some of the Mr. Chips sauces (garlic, pesto, or pili pili mayonaise, or honey mustard sauce) in your order for Rwf 300, especially if you get something dipable like the chicken bites or chips.

Mr. Chips is a laid back place with most of its seating outside on a breezy patio beside the main road in Nyarutarama. It can get a bit hot and toasty during the day, but it’s a perfect place for a relaxed drink and a quick meal in the evenings. Mr. Chips also plays in some Kigali bands (is there anything you can’t do, Mr. Chips?) and he sometimes arranges live music in the evenings.

Since I live on the other side of town, I almost always find myself ordering Mr. Chips from Jumia Food for delivery. It’s probably the most consistent restaurant in the city. They’re used to sending out delivery orders so everything comes nicely packaged with all of the sauces and utensils you’d expect and things are never oozing out or squashed when they arrive. Well… sometimes, but the Mr. Chips record is better than most places.

As you can see, I’m a fan! Simple food done fast and they’re consistent. I like getting what I expect and Mr. Chips gets it right each time. Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Hours: Daily, 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 0784 557 420
Email: mrchipskigali@gmail.com
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/mrchipsrwanda

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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.