Xin Xin

Xin Xin Kigali

This place has closed down.

I have no idea how to say the name of this place but it seems like people have been saying ‘Zing Zing’ which I really love the sound of. So that made me like it already, of course. Due to some bad directions from a friend I had a some problems finding it but it’s really not that hard to find. It’s one street over from Heaven going down the hill and is one of the few Chinese places in the Kiyovu area.

The service was good and the food came out fast which was to be expected considering we were the only ones in the place. Our waitress was really nice and attentive. The outside seating is a nice touch, though there’s not much of a view of anything. Except lanterns. Which is ok. The place is brand new which I guess explains the lack of other patrons there. We also arrived right at 1pm which is when they open so I guess the mid-week lunch crowd hasn’t discovered it yet.

Fried Mixed Vegetable - Rwf 3,000As a Chinese restaurant it, of course, needs red lanterns which it has plenty of. Another good first impression. Lanterns are cool. The choice of music, however, left a bit to be desired with 80’s power ballads booming from the speakers. Normally that would be ok but in this case the songs were bad covers by super screetchy singers which made us cringe each time they attempted to hit the high notes. The music was on repeat which meant we were listening to the same songs an hour into our meal. So this might not be a good place to hang out in for longer than that. It did provide us with some entertainment though as we marveled at how amazingly bad the music was.

Seet & Sour Pork - Rwf 4,500My friend ordered meat dumplings and egg drop soup along with veggie noodles. I stole his food and was impressed by it all. The dumplings were really tasty and at Rwf 1,600 they were far cheaper, larger and just as good as the ones found at Zen which go for over double the price. I ordered sweet and sour pork for Rwf 4,500 which didn’t look like the most appealing thing when it came out due to it being a strange dark orange colour, but it was good too. Drinks are cheap for a restaurant with a soda costing Rwf 600, wine at Rwf 1,800 a glass and a large Primus is Rwf 1,400.

This place is pretty good value and is certainly worth a look if you find yourself in Kiyovu with a craving for Chinese food.

    • Our Ratings
    • Overall
    • Food
    • Value
    • Service
    • Atmosphere
    • Average Reader Ratings
    • Overall
    • Food
    • Value
    • Service
    • Atmosphere

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.