Cordon Bleu at Otters

It’s no secret that I am always on the lookout for new places to go to, and when I heard of Otters Bar in Kololo, Kampala, I thought I would go in and try out their chicken dishes – chicken being the meal that is undoubtedly my favorite in the whole wide world.

I took these pictures in December last year, but we have had so much to talk about since then that I am only getting round to this blog post now. I first heard about Otters from Angela actually. She mentioned that she had been to this new bar/restaurant with her friends, and I mentally planned to make sure I checked it out.

When I got there, I remember thinking to myself that I liked the ambiance. I appreciated the fact that the people who built Otters built it around the already existing landscape on this piece of land. If you look closely, you will see that the structures were built to avoid and not step on the toes of trees, rocks and a whole load of vegetation that was already there. The next thing that I thought was how in love I was with the use of fairy lights, and lighting on the whole to turn the place into some form of enchantment. The last thing I thought was that I liked that the music and the vibe of the place was different from many places I have been to in Kampala. A good sort of different. If I were to describe it, I would say that it has a feeling of utmost relaxation. The music is somewhat controlled with a lot of it being ballads and renditions of already existing songs.

I ordered the Chicken Cordon Bleu which since I first discovered I go back and order all of the time. I remember wondering to myself why the heck my meal was taking so long. When the waiter finally came around with our food, I took my first bite while I tried to stifle the frown that was threatening to break on my face – and then it dawned on me. Whoever they have cooking their food REALLY knows what they are doing. If you do not know much about Cordon Bleu, allow me to explain to you that it is meat, cooked inside a bread crumb and egg combination, engulfing cheese, which sandwiches bacon. To say the very least, Otters cooks their Chicken Cordon Bleu to perfection. It cost me UGX 26,000.

Because of my tendencies to indulge at dinner, everyone else shared a pizza, and we each had a glass or two of red wine. I tasted the pizza. It was cooked on a thin crust, with cheese, and minced meat. In my opinion, the pizza was fine (because of my obvious preference for chicken) although I was told that it was really nice pizza by Ugandan standards. The pizza was also approximately UGX 26,000.

If you want to get to Otters Bar, it is opposite the back entrance of UMI (Uganda Management Institute). If you do not know where that is, then opposite Prunes, or the Kololo Airstrip while you approach Housing Finance Bank, if you look closely you will see two roads that can lead you to Otters, with sign posts similar to the ones I have in my pictures.

Have you been to Otters? What was your experience? Also, let me know if there are any places you have been to that I should absolutely go and see.

Till next week,

X.