Food tasting at Kiza was an experience which will be kept in the memorabilia of my memory casket. Situated in the Dubai International Financial Centre, Kiza takes you on a safari of the African cuisine, and on this safari you will find food from different parts of this popular country.
Kiza is a pan African culture hub. Interestingly, it has also been a platform for many African artists to come and perform in Dubai. It brings to the fore the best African style hospitality, the warmth of people in Africa and the love they spread around themselves. It is a uniquely charming experience altogether.
Kiza offers a fine dining experience. The interiors have been styled well, giving a royal African feel and touch to everything around. You can see Masai statues and paintings around while dining. It is classy and unique.
For starters I tasted the humble Bean soup, an East African style red bean soup with a drop of cream and corn. It was delicious! I don’t usually like soup before my meals as it makes me full but this was light and so tasty that I ended by swiping the dish clean.
The Kiza salad I had was their signature salad, with mixed leaves and walnuts, mango, cherry tomatoes and shallots with Kiza’s lemon and mango dressing. The couscous salad is a north African favorite with tomatoes, lemon, mint, peanuts, and drizzled with raisins and olive oil. The Main course included Githeri which was a vegetarian stew served with bread. This again was mind blowing! Almost like an Indian curry with vegetables, this went well with both bread and rice.
Desserts comprised of Malva pudding, an apricot pudding served with vanilla custard. I particularly enjoyed this especially for the fact that it almost looked like in the shape of an African Drum with the drizzle over it.
The Puff Puff is a deep fried dough with butterscotch sauce. This is good for those who don’t like something too sweet. Not to forget, for beverages I tried the Aduni, a signature cocktail shaken with a neutral character of vodka, oaky taste note of dark rum and some fresh citrus and tropical juices with a hint of almond flavor, served in traditional African calabash. It was quite a sight to look at.
The Zanzibari was herbaceous character of Zubrowka vodka that perfectly complemented the freshness and a hint of tartness of Green apple with a savory touch of basil. Oraife was a full bodied creamy drink with sweetness and citrus flavour from passion fruit and orange.
Kiza has got the perfect bar and dining area, a nice place to chill post work where one can easily fall in love with the warmth of people around. You get a pure African vibe with true authenticity of African delicacies. And who knew, vegetarians could actually rejoice with the deliciousness of their food! Highly recommended!