Mr. Chips (Sonatubes)

Mr. Chips

This place has moved to a much better location across the road from the MTN Centre in Nyarutarama.

I’d had friends telling me about the wondrous Mr. Chips for ages before I had a chance to visit this place of rising legend. It’s out by Sonatubes roundabout and I go out there, well, never… so I had to make a dedicated trip to the other side of town to pay this new fast food joint a visit. Well my friends, my friends speak the truth, and it was worth the trek.

Mr. Chips is located to the left of the tourism college in a red building plastered with multiple Coca-Cola logos (although this is, apparently, soon to change). Give that “Mr. Chips” is written in laughably small letters on the front, you couldn’t be blamed for mistaking the building as a Coke outlet and missing it altogether. Keep your eyes peeled!

I had already had a small sample of Mr. Chips’ fare at the Top Tower Casino bar during a rugby match. He brought breakfast burgers and served them up with potato salad and coleslaw. It was pretty cheap, something different and really tasty so I was keen to try the real deal.

Cheeseburger & Fries - Rwf 2,200

I ordered a cheeseburger and fries to go for the typical fast food meal and Inga got a pulled pork sandwich and paid Rwf 300 extra for a salad instead of chips. I’m pretty sure it’s the best burger in Kigali, and cheap at Rwf 2,200 including a big helping of fries. The burgers have pickles! That’s all it takes and I’m sold. Plus it’s meaty and yummy and the bread it comes on is nice, too. The pulled pork sandwich is good too but we’re not sure paying extra for the salad instead of chips is really worth it. It’s pretty small and not all that inspiring.

Paul was there when we arrived for lunch and he was working hard making sure the food came out on time and that his customers where happy. He has a lot of regular customers including the marines and does a lot of catering for the US Embassy. So if you don’t want to make the trek out to Sonatubes, just wait for the next US Embassy event and he’s sure to be there with hot dogs and burgers.

Pulled Pork Sandwich & SaladI wasn’t super crazy about the setting. Though my favourite brochettes place feels like a prison and is the exception, I don’t usually like small concrete buildings and feel pretty claustrophobic. The outdoor sitting area here is ok with some big tables and ventilation to the outside world, but I wouldn’t be so keen on sitting inside. But that’s just me and I’m a weirdo. Obviously. But if you’d rather sit outside, get here early because it gets really busy at lunch.

If nothing else, come for a chat with Paul because he went to the same university as me and he’s cool. He’s also known to pop up at live music events behind the mic singing classic rock tunes so if you miss him at Mr. Chips, look for Mr. Chips at White Horse on a Friday night.

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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.