Reviews & Profiles
A little peace and quiet in the city centre
Posted Friday, January 25 2013 at 00:00
Tucked away out of the noisy busy surrounding of Oasis Shopping Mall, just next to the basement parking lot lies Cafe Carledoria.
As you walk in, you will be welcomed by a large painting on the wall bearing the cafe’s name and also the different dishes served. The graffiti also forms the background to a carefully aligned set of sofas by the wall and other tables, for those who care to seat outside.
Inside the cafe, you cannot miss the large flat screen on the wall, the hanging lights and the careful arrangement of the chairs that lend the room a spacious look, complete with an air conditioned atmosphere. The whole set up is not congested and offers privacy, given the peaceful and quiet surrounding of the place. The choice of glass partitions gives it a somewhat upper class look.
“The whole cafe’ setting and menu is based on the Mexican trend,” explains Titus Engolu, the executive chef.
The menu is largely Mexican, from the breakfast through lunch to dinner, accompanied with an assortment of beverages, all ranging from Shs4,000 to Shs6,000, plus pastries like cakes and cookies, which usually compliment the coffee.
Chef Titus says, though they serve mainly Mexican and a few continental dishes, they realised the need to diversify when more of their customers requested for something different. They therefore introduced the buffet which costs Shs15,000 which includes a bottle of soda.
Perhaps, the catch of the day is the fresh tilapia that is marinated with Mexican spices such as fabrica, white pepper, fresh ginger and garlic. The menu is also weighty on burgers and sandwiches
When you enter the café, you don’t have to go to the counter or even shout to get the attention of the waiters or waitresses as one welcomes you with a happy face, with the menu book in hand.
The cafe is generally pocket friendly as food ranges between Shs10,000 and Shs15,000. The most expensive breakfast at the cafe is Shs10,000 and it includes eggs, two bangers, bacon, baked beans, potato wedges and a fruit salad.
The chicken quesadilla was attractive choice but I settled for a fruit cake with a delightful cup of cappuccino, all costing me less than Shs15,000. My order also came in less than five minutes.
There is ample parking space for those who have cars.
If You Go:
Venue: Cafe Carledoria, located in the basement at Oasis Shopping Mall.
Charges: Meals cost between Shs10,000 and Shs15,000
When: Open from 7am to 10pm daily