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Food & Restaurants In Kinshasa

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There are several eateries catering to ‘expats’ where you can pay in dollars but it is prohibitively pricey. Expect to spend up to $20 for a pizza (and $40 at the hotel).


  • Al Dar, near the Memling hotel. A Lebanese restaurant located in the town center. A shwarma sandwich costs around $3, and they also serve taboule, hummus, and desserts.

Numerous inexpensive roadside booths may be found largely outside of downtown’s Gombe.

  • Bandalungwa’s La Bloque. One of the most well-known types are roadside booths.
  • Mama Colonel, Bandal. A superb restaurant. There are just four dishes on the menu – chicken, fish, fries, and plantain – yet they are all perfectly grilled.


The Congo river freshwater shrimp are excellent; they are referred to on menus as Cossa Cossa (as opposed to imported saltwater prawns, which are called Gambas) and are often served with a garlic and chile (pili-pili) butter sauce. A platter of them will cost between $25 and $40, depending on where you dine.

  • 3615, on the main Boulevard (next door to the Peloustore supermarket). Has both an outdoor and an inside air-conditioned space; and superb meals ranging from pizza to steaks and seafood. A full meal with a drink costs around US$20 on average. Dozens of prostitutes, pretty entertaining to watch, however you will be hassled if you are a male alone.
  • Association Belgo-Congolaise (ABC). Serves lunches for about $10 on a pleasant outdoor patio, albeit the quality of the food is sometimes suspect and the kitchen closes early. Traditional meal such as river fish and fried plantains is available, as is cosmopolitan fare such as cheeseburgers and spaghetti. Food takes an extended period of time to arrive. You may also use espresso coffee for the Nescafe.
  • Marie Kabuang – A little difficult to locate on the first floor of the Sultani Hotel (Avenue de la Justice), but this restaurant has been completely renovated. Very fashionable and contemporary. Breakfast and lunch (world cuisine) are available for just 15 USD, ensuring quick service and outstanding taste.
  • Cercle Elaeis/ La Paillotte. Cuisines both traditional and foreign. Dining al fresco with a view of the pool. Expensive, but excellent country club environment. On weekends, the pool area is packed with visiting expats and Lebanese families.
  • Chez Gaby. Portuguese-style. At the top end of the mid-range – the cuisine is variety and delicious, and if you’re feeling flush, you can even request imported products such as foie gras and European wines.
  • Chez Philo. Serves a variety of Congolese meals in addition to regular Belgian food. Excellent prawns (Cossa)
  • La Piscine. Outdoor tables positioned around a swimming pool—awesome surroundings and mediocre cuisine for roughly $20-$30 if you select wisely. Greek specialties and pizza are available in addition to the standard fare.
  • Girassol (off the Boulevard), across from Sonas, on the intersection where Icare travel is situated; take the most right street; it is on the right.
  • Le Roi du Cossa 220 Ave Mpolo (just off the Boulevard), Gombe. A Portuguese restaurant is usually a solid pick for seafood. According to some, this is the finest Cossa Cossa in town.
  • Green Garden is the town’s greatest Indian restaurant, nestled in a beautiful garden setting. North and South Indian dishes are served in a beautiful outdoor environment. Every day, dosas are served at all hours of the day. Parallel to Boulevard, opposite Chez Delice, behind La Piscine.
  • Pizerria Extreme: pizzas and other delicacies at a reasonable price. Exit the road at the corner of the Express supermarket.
  • Pizerria Opoeta and Greg’s bar: On the way to the golf course, Pizerria Opoeta and Greg’s bar are the closest approach to an international pub. Additionally, the pizzas are excellent. Due to the Portuguese owners, the seafood is excellent.
  • Mangoustan restaurant at the Memling Hotel: Mangoustan restaurant in the Memling Hotel features a $40 lunch buffet Monday through Friday with a wide range of Belgian and foreign foods, and a $40 cheese and charcuterie buffet Wednesday evening featuring a rotating wine-by-the-glass selection. Excellent bargain. Parking amenities that are secure. It is prudent to make bookings.


Gombe has the most costly eateries.

  • Café Conc (Le Caf Conc), Av. de la Nation. Supposedly the most expensive restaurant in the DRC!
  • Ciboulette. Second most expensive. It’s on the right side of the Elais complex.
  • Chez Nicolas, Avenue de la Justice. Italian restaurant that has been in operation for over 25 years.
  • Le Cercle Gourmand, Av. Du Cercle, +243 999 901 001. The restaurant is a high-end establishment that is part of the golf club.
  • La Brasserie, 5, Avenue Rep Du Tchad (In Memling Hotel). Excellent cuisine. With Belgian and French influences, as well as a few Congolese recipes. It’s a little pricey, but it’s worth it because of the huge quantities and excellent service. On-site parking is secure.

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