We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great Setting,excellent food, service very questionable.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sakae Japanese Restaurant

Sakae Japanese Restaurant
Nyarutarama Road 180, Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda
+250 784 577 738
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #9 of 79 Restaurants in Kigali
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Salisbury, United Kingdom
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great Setting,excellent food, service very questionable.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Tried this restaurant twice on my last visit to Kigali.

On both occasions Lawrence the Japanese head chef looked after us and cooked excellent dishes to all our individual requirements.

It was a shame that the service was slow and a little unprofessional. If you like wine don't bother looking at the list just ask what they have it will be quicker! Also if there is a party of you I would also suggest asking how many bottles in stock because you may find there is only one of each. Stock seems to be an issue.

Paying the bill became entertaining as on the first occasion their visa machine had broken and much like most Europeans you do not wander around with pockets full of cash. That took a return trip with cash the following day!! Unbelievable!!

The setting is excellent the restaurant is large and airy.

Finally, it is not cheap!!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

51 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    20
    25
    5
    1
    0
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
“Excellent food and setting but Pricey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

I went to this restaurant with a Rwandan friend who had grown to like sushi in the US. The restaurant itself is lovely with a very nice setting, and the food is excellent and served with a lovely presentation. The wait staff is attentive and very helpful. Perhaps because the prices are high by local standards, virtually all the diners the evening we were there we ex-pats. I think my friend was the only Rwandan diner there. Highly recommended if you have an ample budget and love Japanese food, It is more than a little difficult to find, however. Although my friend is a Kigali resident and we had a very capable taxi driver, we eventually had to telephone the number found on one of their advertising signs so the driver could get directions.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Sakae Japanese Restaurant also viewed

 
Kigali, Kigali Province
Kigali, Kigali Province
 

Been to Sakae Japanese Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Sakae Japanese Restaurant, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.