If you’ve never stepped into Khana Kazana in Kololo it is like stepping into another world. The welcome, the decor, the ambiance, the service and most importantly the food – genuine, authentic, no fusion, Indian food – with spices flown in from India itself…it is beyond fabulous. We spent a long lunchtime at Khana Kazana sampling many of the delights from their menu including Palak Paneer, one of my favourite dishes. I have eaten Palak Paneer in numerous restaurants, but this was by far the best Palak Paneer I have ever tasted. The Dahl Makandi, another one of my favourites, was also sensational.
As you enter the restaurant you are transported away from the hustle & bustle of Acacia Avenue to a quiet, serene, well decorated restaurant that really makes you feel like you are in a different continent. The aromas from the kitchen let your stomach know you have come to the right place. Service is spot on. Not too much but attentive to all your needs that you just need to look up and a waiter is with you – something that so many restaurants in Kampala have failed to get right.
One of the great things about Khana Kazana is that they willingly make suggestions as to what you can try if you’re unable to make up your mind from the 115+ dishes on the menu. The owner told us that this is one of their strengths. They have been in business so long they know what the all time favourites are with customers from over the years but they are not afraid to try new things which also soon become favourites and this is what has contributed to the wide and mouth watering menu.
On this day we also tried several new dishes. One was Gobhi Aloo Masala, I had never eaten cauliflower in curry before but it went so well with the potatoes which just melted in your mouth and will definitely be on my list of choices in the future. And the fish dishes were so soft & tender, and full of flavour.
Something I didn’t know about Indian food which Khana Khazana are big advocates of, is also promoting the non-curry side of Indian food. There are a lot of grilled meats and salads on the menu, all made without butter and oil, and make a pleasant change from more commonly known curries. Of course you can still choose to have them spicy – done according to your taste or without any spiciness at all.
Khana Khazana is definitely well worth a visit, whether lunchtime or evening. Whether you are big curry fans or want to take some friends out to try Indian food. Just have a chat with your waiter and they will tailor make your meal to exactly the way your dreamt it to be. It’s making me hungry just thinking about it.