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Orchid Cafe & Restaurant

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 09/23/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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$8 - $32
Middle Eastern, Persian, Fusion
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed November 26, 2020 via mobile

The Steak Quesadilla at Orchid Cafe & Restaurant is certainly the best Quesadilla I have had in Lilongwe. Packed with delicious flavours, and paired with a yummy coleslaw, this quesadilla is one wholesome treat. I will definitely be going back for more!

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed October 29, 2020

I ordered take away from Orchid Cafe while staying nearby overnight ahead of a friend's flight out of Lilongwe. Not knowing what to expect, and thinking for some reason this was an Asian Fusion restaurant when we went to it, instead, found a diverse menu...of Persian and Middle Eastern cuisine! Many great options for my vegetarian travel companion, and lots of good, spicy meat choices for me. We ordered and then took two beers and sat outside while the food was prepared. Comfortable setting, complete with our own personal lamp, mosquito repellent and hand sanitizer. The owner came by more than once to see how we were doing and to chat a bit. Very friendly atmosphere. Our waitress (I forgot her name) was very attentive while we sat and had our drinks. We even stay longer after our food was ready because we enjoyed the setting so much.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 1, 2020 via mobile

Delicious finger licking tasty food. Attractive simple menu. Well stocked bar. Beautifully designed interior. Also possible to sit outside.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 20, 2019 via mobile

Great location. Peaceful outdoor space with an indoor pub filled with the friendliest people in the city. Persian. Fusion. Orchid perfects the craft of the old world and adds modern flavor and color. Never had a dull night. Never disappointed with the food. Usually leave...learning something about the city, the community, or by just chatting with someone passing through. My wife and I would not enjoy Lilongwe nearly as much without this oasis. Try the Barg, the Shwarma, the best soup in the world, or just the mezzo platter and a tasty cocktail. Better yet, ask Abdullah and he’ll steer you right - he and his team have a knack for hosting and pinpointing what their guests would love. You haven’t been to Malawi if you haven’t been to the lake, and you haven’t visited Lilongwe if you haven’t been to Orchid.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 14, 2019 via mobile

Restaurant was quiet and provided great atmosphere for our dinner date. Good food and service. I recommend

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed July 31, 2019 via mobile

Delicious 😋😋😋 food cooked in Persian Style. Beautiful bar with an array of drinks. Friendly staff. Affordable prices. A MUST visit place. Good with families too

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed July 1, 2019

Orchid has been my favorite restaurant in Lilongwe for more than a year, with a great combination of delightful food and warm atmosphere. It has a wide variety of delicious menu items - from rich Persian delicacies to fish tacos - Abdullah or the staff...offer excellent recommendations to help navigate through names of dishes you may not recognize. They also have great cocktails (an espresso martini is a great way to start the night, but they also have many other creative combos). A warm, friendly staff welcome you to the place, and it's vibrant in the evenings.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

One of my favorite places in Lilongwe for many years! Delicious Persian food in a lovely atmosphere. Sometimes we share everything so we can try a variety of dishes cause sometimes you just want that lovely taste of more than one dish on their menu:...they are all very tasty, fresh and authentic. Orchid is a brilliant cosy restaurant, warm, intimate with exceptional food, an incredible cocktail list and very good value for money. The waiters are friendly and the owners are very caring and outgoing. Love all of it. If you love Persian cuisine or want to check it out, Orchid is a must-go!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed March 30, 2019

I’ve been here twice and each time has been wonderful. It has a lovely outdoor seating area for dining under the stars. The Grand Mezze of many little small plates to share is filling and flavorful—highly recommend. The Fatteh with pomegranate sauce is a good...addition for a full meal. The cocktails are fun and creative—mine had rose water flavored vodka with a splash of Campari. Good price and decent service!More

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed March 27, 2019 via mobile

ORCHID is first restaurant that i found in Lilongwe one year ago, and it stay in my top till now. I like friendly staff, tasty food, and beautiful garden there. But most of all i like cozy and home atmosphere in this restaurant. 100% recommend!

Date of visit: February 2019
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Response from chiku265 | Reviewed this property |
The prices vary a lot because the menu is quite expansive. You can get some good grilled kebab skewers for as little as £4/$5. You might be best served buying a few different items and share them. That way you get to taste... More
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Frequently Asked Questions about Orchid Cafe & Restaurant

  • Yes, Orchid Cafe & Restaurant offers takeout services.

  • Yes, Orchid Cafe & Restaurant offers delivery services.

  • Yes, Orchid Cafe & Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

  • Orchid Cafe & Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4