Food in Rwanda
Local “Brochettes” (kebabs) are delectable and can be found at most taverns and restaurants. Small taverns will mainly offer goat brochettes, and goat liver brochettes are generally considered to be of better quality by locals. Zingalo is goat intestine, which is occasionally served as a brochette. Some locals like this, and it may be served without your asking in particularly “local” establishments, so observe if other diners seem to be enjoying the spiral-shaped delicacy and express you do not want it when you order (“OYA zingalo!”). Some restaurants also offer beef and seafood brochettes, as well as chicken. Brochettes are often served with fries or fried or grilled ibitoke.
If Rwanda has a national dish, it is ibitoke (sing. igitoke). Ibitoke are starchy, potato-like bananas that lack the sweetness of plantains. Plantains are accessible in Rwanda, although they are not considered a uniquely Rwandan cuisine. Igitoke/banana is often served boiled in sauce, grilled, or fried. You may also call them matoke, which is generally simpler for foreigners to say. Rwandan sweet bananas are tasty, but much smaller than matoke bananas. If you want this kind of banana, ask for a tiny banana or a sweet banana, and you should be able to obtain it.
At noon, a local buffet known as “Melange” is served in metropolitan areas. This is a buffet of mainly carbs such potatoes, bananas, rice, and cassava, with some vegetables, beans, and a little quantity of meat or fish with sauce. It is important to note that Rwandan buffets are not all-you-can-eat! You may only load your plate once, but with practice, you will be able to stack it high like the natives. Prices vary from little more than USD1 to USD5 or even USD10, depending on the quality of the establishment and the variety of cuisine offered. Most upper-tier buffets (USD3 and above) also include a salad bar. It’s worth noting that many of the less expensive Melange spots are unlabeled.
Kigali offers a considerably wider selection of eateries than the rest of the nation. There are many Indian and Chinese restaurants, as well as Italian, Greek, French, and multi-cuisine restaurants, all of which charge about USD10 for supper.
Drinks in Rwanda
Most stores sell milk, water, juices, and soft beverages. Most pubs have a restricted selection of approximately 5 different sodas and 4 distinct beers, Turbo King, Primus, Mützig, and Amstel. Primus and Mützig come in small and large quantities, while Amstel is only available in 330mL bottles. It’s worth noting that Rwandans are renowned for their love of big beers, and when you order Amstel, it’s typical for a waiter to bring out two bottles at once. Bralirwa, in Rwanda’s west, produces the majority of the country’s beer and soft beverages. Inyange manufactures juices and soft drinks.
There are also native banana beer preparations known as Urwagwa, which are typically made at home and sold solely in plastic containers but are now now accessible in bottles at certain stores and pubs.