Sokoni (Serena Hotel)

Sokani

I guess the Serena Hotel in Kiyovu is considered the best place in town. Judging by the occasional setup of metal detectors and sweeps of the gym by small armies of security staff from various nations, I’m guessing it’s where politicians and the world’s important people all stay.

So, while I treat myself and splash out an obscene amount of money (to pretend I’m fancy) for a gym membership, I’d never really considered eating at the restaurants. Besides having the buffet once or twice at the upstairs restaurant, eating here on any sort of regular occasion was deemed too scary on the budget.

Sokoni, Kigali Serena Hotel

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Sokoni, Kigali Serena Hotel

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Sokoni, Kigali Serena Hotel

But, as it turns out, while not cheap, it’s not as appallingly expensive as I would have imagined, especially considering the crazy price of the rooms here. The cocktails are pretty pricey with one coming in at Rwf 10,500 but a meal can be had for half that price. Most dishes cost around Rwf 6,000. One of the best bargains on the menu is the veggie burger for Rwf 3,000. It’s big and pretty tasty, too. You can replace fries with a basic salad (tomatoes, onion, lettuce) and dressing but it’s actually pretty big too.

Sokoni, Kigali Serena Hotel

The tomato soup is small for the Rwf 3,500 you pay so beware. I’d heard that the salads were pretty small too but I was happy with the size of the Nicoise salad for Rwf 4,500. Expecting it to be tiny, I actually ordered that along with chicken wings (which had a slight fishy taste to them… I guess because of the fryer. I hope.) and had way too much food. The steak sandwich is good and the pesto pasta, while not my favourite, is gigantic. So I guess if you’re hungry, choose one of the pasta dishes for Rwf 5,500.

Serena Hotel, Kigali

The setting is pretty nice, beside the pool. You can talk loudly on your mobile phone and pretend you’re a VIP. Or if you’re a gym member or are staying at the hotel (or maybe even if you’re not?) you can park yourself on one of the deck chairs, pull up a small table and eat your meal while soaking up some sun surrounded by papyrus, the second most awesome member of the grass family (behind bamboo, of course). Watch our for the occasional mouse or rat-like beasty roaming through the trees that surround the pool. Cats have also been spotted leaping out of the trees, scaring the crap out of me.

Sokoni, Kigali Serena Hotel

So if you want to pay just a little bit more than your average restaurant but want a good meal in a nice setting, wander down to the side of the pool at the Serena. Good service, pretty fast and not as expensive as you’d think. The food doesn’t live up to what you’d expect from the ‘best hotel in town’ but it’s good.

Hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm
Phone: 0788 184 500
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/serenakigali

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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.