Buffets are popular in Kigali and Afrika Bite seems to attract the crowds. The last time I went we arrived at about 1pm to a huge queue the streamed out the door. A Swedish tour group mixed in with locals and expats. If you want to avoid lines I’m told that arriving at noon is a good idea.
So we were a bit scared that the food would be gone when we finally got around to serving ourselves. They managed to keep the meat and starchy things well-stocked but the cold veggies (cucumber, tomatoes and carrots) were out and peas and beans were nowhere to be seen. This didn’t bode well for my vegetarian friend.
For Rwf 3,000 you get the buffet and your choice of a drink, including fresh juice. The plates can be piled high so it’s a good deal and good food. As the name of the place would suggest, the food is decidedly African. Motoke, sweet potatoes, ugali, and rice are all plentiful. There’s a vat of a meaty dish and another of chicken. The meat is tender but the chicken seemed to be mostly bones. Peas and beans are usually on offer but I guess get there early! Drench the whole thing in peanut sauce and you’ve got a filling, tasty meal.
The outdoor seating area at Afrika Bite is beautiful in their garden but there aren’t that many tables for the size of it. The are also seats inside but with less atmosphere. Being a buffet, you don’t really need to worry too much about service. Waiters are quick to get your drink and bring your bill and, for the most part, food is quickly replaced when it runs out… if they have more to offer.
I prefer the buffet at Karibu which is around the same price (Rwf 2,500 without a drink) and has a lot more on offer, especially if you’re more of a salads type. But Africa Bite has a more African flare so if you want a taste of various types of food, it makes a great choice.