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Nyarutarama, Kigali, Rwanda
+250 782 588 593
Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Visitor rating
  • 44
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice service, food ok

Very nice place, and a good and fast service. Food is a bit average, especially for Asian food lovers. Missing some spices but overall ok.

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
Spoutnik
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Switzerland
Good for:
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Switzerland
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Very nice place, and a good and fast service. Food is a bit average, especially for Asian food lovers. Missing some spices but overall ok.

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Paris, France
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Can't fault this place and one of my favorites - good on all fronts although not gourmet. The restaurant, outside and covered, so bring a scarf in colder season, is particularly nice and has a good view of the city. There is a large choice of Asian fusion food, decent cooking and very good service.

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Kigali, Rwanda
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

a nice place to go with ur family ... relax and enjoy the food and drinks ... really loved this place

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

First of all, dont follow google directions to get here! It will take you to a place called Kaizen instead. Check where it is before you head out - we ended up taking a taxi from the centre for 5000 francs... Food is nice though not special, and service is fast enough and fair. Atmosphere is nice, though the water... More 

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Stockholm
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent environment - Top-5 in Kigali for sure - you will not be disappointed. Prices are towards the higher-end, but it is well worth it. Would highly recommend!

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Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

i am sorry but if you come from East or South East Asia, or for that matter Western Canada, you will not be happy here. I know many rave but it may be because there is so little that would come close in this category. A nice atmosphere but keep your expectations low if you are used to real Asian... More 

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Melbourne Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

A really good Asian restaurant, well priced, very slick service and an extensive menu to chose from. The open sided thatched roofed building made the ambience most enjoyable.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

ohhh fantastic place to have an evening dinner, very tasty food and excellent staff and environment. made me feel like sitting in a 7+star environment.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Visited the restaurant twice with the family on our last trip to Kigali. First occasion was for lunch and we sat at the teppanyaki table and we were highly entertained by the Chef Edwin. Excellent food and wonderful service. The second occasion was for dinner and a more formal affair being part business and part pleasure. Once again the food... More 

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Kigali, Rwanda
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This place is really nice the service is nice and food is really very nice ... i love to go to this place atleast one or twice in a month

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Nyarutarama, Kigali, Rwanda
  • Location: Africa  >  Rwanda  >  Kigali Province  >  Kigali
  • Phone Number: +250 782 588 593

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese, Thai
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?