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“Good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Le Petit Bistro

Le Petit Bistro
Gaba Road | Kansanga, Kampala, Uganda
077-509667, 077-403080
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Ranked #49 of 201 Restaurants in Kampala
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Frankfurt, Germany
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Good service, coffee, sandwiches, and burgers. Right by the US Embassy and on Gaba Road where you can buy cheap furniture.

Visited August 2012
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English first
Kampala, Uganda
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Must Try Steaks!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

There are three types of people who should avoid Le Petit Bistro, the French establishment that has graced Gaba Road for 14 years: vampires, vegetarians, and people with high cholesterol. If you eat meat and love garlic and butter then you should definitely prioritise Le Petit Bistro amongst your dining out options.

The restaurant is no-nonsense with 10-12 tables under a grass thatched roof overlooking Gaba’s traffic. If you are looking for ambiance this is not the place. If you are looking for some amazing food, on the other hand, stick around.

Plain toast with butter and small salads are served with all mains. These salads are soaked in a delicious oil and garlic dressing so if you are trying to either limit your caloric or garlic intake you might start by ordering the dressing on the side. Starters arrive with the salads are range between 5,000 – 18,000 UGX. The escargot is a favourite and arrives soaked in melted butter, garlic and herbs. Also on the menu are smoked salmon with capers and butter, avocate crevettes, or avocados stuffed with tuna mayonnaise. Soups are between 5,000 and 10,000 UGX.

Previous patrons have complained that the time from order to food on the table is outrageously long so go expecting to spend some time chatting with dinner companions. However, all recent visits have proved the food to arrive in a completely timely manner, even when the house is full.

Drinks are the Kampala standard – juice, soft drinks, waters, wine, beers and miscellaneous liqueurs. The red house wine is surprisingly drinkable and affordable at 8,000 a glass. No need to go higher end than that.

If you’re a vegetarian and your carnivorous pals have snuck you through the door don’t despair – there are few options for you. Vegetable curry, pizza, Swiss roesti and lasagne go for the very affordable 8,000 – 12,000 UGX.

But more about the steak – which is why you should visit. They serve, arguably, the best in Kampala and definitely the best value for money. Be warned, however, that rare means rare. If you like your steak truly rare this is the place to order that. If you like to pretend you like your steak rare but actually prefer something with a little bit of brown to it then go with medium-rare. It will never be overdone.

Steaks are served with an assortment of sauces including the mouth-watering – albeit heart attack inducing – filet with garlic butter which arrives with a near quarter cup of garlic butter atop an incredibly tender filet.

Other meat mains on offer are fish, chicken and pork or lamb chops. The tilapia filet in brown butter sauce with capers was swimming in butter – which should be asked for on the side – but was delicious despite this and delicately cooked.

Mains are served with a choice of rice, mash, chips and assorted vegetables. The vegetables bear special mention in that they are extremely well cooked and not at all soggy, or overdone with tends to happen elsewhere.

Other unique menu items are the fondues (Fondue Bourguinone, Cheese Fondue and Raclette) which start at 60,000 UGX for two people and regulars swear by them. (They do ask that you call before to order the Raclette).

Desserts are limited but if you manage to get through your main still hungry you should be commended. Two favourites are crepe suzette flambé (10,000 UGX) and crepe suzette with ice cream (13,000 UGX).

Visited September 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Best steaks!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

The steaks are delicious and cooked to perfection! The sides are wonderful as well and the wine is cheap. Service is fantastic.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kampala, Uganda
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“Excellent consistent quality for years”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Le Petit Bistro is a Kampala institution as it's been serving consistently good food for almost 20 years. Many people, when describing a new restaurant in Kampala, use Le Petit Bistro as a reference for price/quality.
The prices are very reasonable for the quality of food and one of the best for a carafe of house wine you'll find in town.
True, service can be painfully slow but if you know what you want and call ahead, by the time you're out of the Kampala jam and at Le Petit, you'll find a reserved table and your order will be with you in minutes. Not the best location but you can rarely have it all and the food makes up for it.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kampala, Uganda
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great food - if you can stand the wait”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

this excellent and unassuming little restaurant next to the busy main road is very popular. They do great steaks ( so my meat eating friends tell me) with different side dishes, including chips, saute potatoes or mash. How us volunteers used to drool at the thought of this home-made food! house wine is served in carafes. Everyone is given a free starter salad, heavy with garlic but delicious. Groups are given free portions of garlic bread. prices are extremely reasonable.
BUT, regardless of how many people there are, the food always takes a long time to come. I've been there many times in the last three years and it's always the same. If you're going in a group, have a snack before you go! That said, you can order olives etc. The kitchen is tiny and everything is freshly prepared, but suggest you either go in a small number, or go early. expect to wait an hour for your main course if you're in a group.

Visited February 2012
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