Living in Kampala just got better with the opening of La Petite France Restaurant. We had read about it in Uganda's The Eye Magazine and decided to give it a try on a quiet Sunday afternoon. We started with cocktails under the sails of the rooftop terrace bar (the mango-chilli daiquiri is fabulous) and then proceeded to the open-air dining space with its high thatched roof reminiscent of an up-market safari lodge. The tables were beautifully set, with no detail overlooked. Everything was impeccably clean and absolutely shining. Sunday's a la carte menu is somewhat limited because the outdoor barbeque is in action all day. Nevertheless, there are still many wonderful choices. My husband started with a melon fan flavoured with fresh mint sauce, had the boeuf bourguignon as a main course, and creme brulee for desert. I took advantage of the barbeque and enjoyed an ample piece of tender steak, a chicken fillet, and a pork chop. The steak was probably the nicest beef I've ever had over the years we've been living in and/or visiting Kampala, and it was perfectly cooked. The same can be said of the chicken, which was a delicious white meat fillet, very moist and delicately flavoured with a light touch of barbeque sauce. My meal included a green salad and jacket potato, and my husband's was served with dauphinois potatoes and a very large portion of sauteed fresh vegetables. We ordered a 2006 red wine from Graves, France which went very well with the food and at about $35, didn't break the budget. Our entire meal, including pre-lunch cocktails and tips, came to slightly less than $100. Definitely not cheap, but worth it for the quality of food, professional service, and lovely atmosphere.
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