5 Star Dining at Chapter Two – Skyz Hotel 

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When you think of 5 Star Dining, it is very rare that Uganda will come to your mind. But with economic growth and technological advancements, Kampala is gradually changing the definition of luxury dining and accommodation. One of the major key players is Skyz Hotel. A hotel that’s relatively new on the scene but one  that has amassed great reviews already. Last week I was keen on finding out what was so amazing about this new place and honestly I was blown away.

Follow this link to read more in depth about the hotel and it’s offerings.

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Skyz Hotel lives up to its name by situating itself on the highest hill in Kampala. It also boasts of having one of the few 5 Star Restaurants in Kampala called Chapter Two, which provides quite the dining experience. Chapter Two has a bright airy and luxurious feel to it.  Because pictures do not do it any justice, you should go see the exquisite restaurant yourself.

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At Chapter Two,  they have a vibrant and colorful menu that made it hard for me to select what I wanted to eat (I wanted to sample everything!). You can order from a range of their perfectly crafted salads for a light but fulfilling meal or you can go all in for a full three course meal.

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For starters, I ordered Thai sweet chilli soy chicken. It came with a very colorful mango salad. The chicken was tender and juicy and was perfectly seasoned. The sweet chili sauce helped bring all the flavors together really well. The salad was the perfect  cool and sweetness with a hint of tang which complimented the chicken well.  For the main meal,  I ordered goat stew. It came with chapati and steaming hot rice.  The goat meat was tender and flavorful. All this was washed down with a refreshing fruit juice cocktail.

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I had the chance to sit down with the restaurant’s  Sous Chef, Patrick. He explained that the menu is specifically crafted to cater to the hotel’s international client base. Most of the dishes on the menu are fusion which makes it interesting and definitely worth a try. Patrick, who was really fun to talk to, was generous enough to give us an exclusive kitchen tour.

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Skyz Hotel has a fully functional kitchen with industrial grade equipment. The kitchen is divided into a hot kitchen; where all the hot food is prepared, a cold kitchen; where all cold food like salads are prepared and a pastry kitchen; where all the divine cakes and heavenly pastries are made. The kitchen has multiple cold rooms which are neatly sectioned to store meat, dairy, vegetables, fruits, and cooked food separately. All these the Sous Chef walked us through while explaining every big and small detail. The kitchen layout is functional enough to allow easy movement in and out. In addition to Patrick, all the  kitchen staff were really nice and warm which was a fantastic way to end the tour.

I had never stepped in a restaurant kitchen before so this was a pleasant dream come true.

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Visit Chapter Two to experience 5 Star dining at its finest.

They have Asian fusion night on Fridays  at 100,000 per person.

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They have brunch on Sundays at 70,000 per person.

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And since today is Valentine’s Day, there is a special offer. It will involve couple’s dinner and music from prominent Ugandan Musicians. It is at 300,000. This would be a great way to pamper your loved ones.

You can also choose to have dinner, music, bedroom and breakfast for $200USD.

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Easy to make Lemongrass flavoured Uganda Bagiya

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I have, for the longest time, wondered whether dessert or anything baked/fried can be made from maize flour alone with out adding any other flour like wheat. And my recipes with maize flour on its own have failed because maize flour does not have gluten to bind it when water is added. This little triumphant experiment started out as me wanting to make churros because they seem extremely easy to make and ended up into these sweet bagiya because I have no other name for them really. Also because the sweet aroma of lemon grass is irresistible. I borrowed the churro making method but instead used plain maize flour.  These sweet bagiyas are a fun and useful way to utilize your maize flour and they make a great easy to make snack. I could not stop munching away at these.

What you will need:

1 C. Maize flour

1 C. Water

1 Tbsp. Butter/margarine

1 egg

3 Tbsp. Sugar

A handful of lemon grass leaves

½ Tsp. Vanilla extract

A pinch of salt

Oil for frying

Observation:

  1. If you are using a plastic, like I did, cut a small hole at the corner of the plastic and pipe your batter into the hot oil.
  2. If you are using a piping gun, select a nozzle with the tiniest hole and attach it to the gun.
  3. Wait for the mixture to cool down before adding the egg so that the egg does not cook.
  4. Make sure the heat is medium because maize flour burns easily.
  5. Do not over crowd the pan.

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Method:

  1. Add water to a saucepan and add the lemon grass.
  2. On high heat, bring the water to a boil.
  3. In a bowl, add maize flour, sugar and salt and mix.
  4. Once the water has boiled and has released a sweet fragrant aroma, remove from fire and sieve the lemongrass leaves.
  5. Pour the hot water immediately into the flour mixture and mix until there is no flour visible.
  6. Add the vanilla and butter and mix well.
  7. Set the mixture aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
  8. After the ‘posho’ has cooled down, add the egg and mix till a clear batter is achieved.
  9. Place your batter in a plastic/Piping gun and pipe into hot oil.
  10. Fry the bagiya till golden brown.
  11. Remove the bagiya from the oil and drain.

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Let them cool then snack away!

Brunch at Le Chateau

For me, food is closely associated with gatherings, friends, and family. Food plays a huge role in bringing people together and forging relationships. Although A Kitchen in Uganda emphasizes home cooking, once in a while, it’s wonderful to explore what is on the food scene around Uganda.Picture 1On Sunday the 30th of April, I had the privilege of attending Le Chateau’s Bottomless Brunch and Bubbly; a monthly event that brings people together for brunch. Le Chateau’s monthly bottomless brunch and bubbly is all about bringing people together, creating a great environment for them to let loose and let go and serving up a storm of a variety of unlimited food.I got Bella, a fellow creative and CEO of Enviri Za Nacho (EZN) to come and experience brunch with me.When Bella agreed to come along, I was thrilled because that meant I got to know more about the amazing woman behind EZN and of course share a meal with her.15Since the restaurant’s menu is based around Belgian and French cuisine, we had our fill of perfect buttery croissants and macaroons (the desserts are great!). There was an endless supply of drinks, cheese, fruit, dessert, an assortment of cold cuts and chips-exactly what you need on the lazy Sunday when you don’t want to do anything in the kitchen. BeFunky Collage 2Le chateau is situated along Ggaba Road in Nsambya; right next to the USA Embassy. The restaurant has a wonderful ambiance; a cross over between modern, lush greenery and traditional African-a photographers dream really! It threatened to rain that day but ended up showering a little which created the perfect mood for an epic brunch affair. Collage41314With an awesome personal attendant, an array of different foods, an endless supply of drinks, to say that we had a wonderful time is an understatement.  I will let the pictures speak for themselves. Yes, I know you like what you’re reading. And yes, it’s every end of the month. And oh, it’s family friendly too. Couldn’t get any better!

Next one is on the 28th  May 2017.  Thank me later.

🙂