Kiza is the first authentic pan-African restaurant in Dubai. It’s an upscale restaurant and lounge based in the Dubai International Financial Centre with a menu consisting of a selection of popular dishes from across the continent.
We came here one night as we were invited by Monica of DoinDubai.com. As soon as we entered, we were welcomed to experience the warm African hospitality and of course, to have a taste of the diverse continent’s palate.
The night started with us changing into the traditional dress provided by Ntombi Couture, a Dubai-based contemporary fashion brand with collections that are inspired by Africa and it’s people, for all ethnicities. The pieces consist of vibrant prints, clean lines, and classic cuts, making them functional and easy to dress up or down. I loved mine and all the others’ as they have interesting prints and the colors are just vibrant.
The venue is really cool as well. Cool in the sense that it offers a multi-sensory experience, intertwining food with art and music performed by their resident Afro-jazz band and DJ’s. I loved their dance floor adjacent to the DJ’s booth and a huge screen and it’s really just a fun place to go to for a night out with friends.
As I roamed around and checked the whole restaurant, I remember the vibes that I had at Ting Irie where the staff were all so friendly and nice and it’s like we were very much welcome to join in the fun and festivities. The waiters at Kiza were all nice and accommodating as well and that added to the whole fun experience.
When it comes to the food, I honestly didn’t know what to expect and I had no African restaurant in mind to compare it with so I just eagerly awaited what they were going to serve us. It started with the soup, then some appetizers then the main course was the meat selection.
For someone who has no idea of what African cuisine was like, I have to say I really enjoyed their food. The soup was very tasty and my favorite was the lamb chops that didn’t require an effort to cut and slice.
The desserts were good as well so I had really no complaints on the food that we tried.
There was a short break where they taught us how to dance but considering I have two left feet, I wasn’t able to follow the simple steps. It was fun though with everyone just enjoying themselves and I need to make sure I set aside some time to practice for I am thinking of coming back to this place soon.
Overall, it was an enjoyable experience starting from the moment we stepped in, to the drinks and the food to the service to the fun and entertainment that they have provided. We left with smiles on our faces and I look forward to returning with my friends in tow and letting them experience the same fun that we had during the night. I loved the Kiza Journey and I’m sure you will too.
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