Some of Kenya’s most bizarre dishes made fresh in heart of Ukunda
Collins Exotic Kibanda Restaurant is a small hidden Gem that is located on the left-hand side of the Gate Mall or also known by many as Navies. This spot is a little harder to find. Once standing in front of the Gate Mall petrol station you see on the left-hand side along the wall a road heading inland follow that road and keep looking left after in about 50 meters you will see a blue restaurant with a metal roof. Congratulations you have arrived.
Collins Exotic Kibanda is a small shack that is run by the legend himself: Dude Collins. The place is pretty straightforward when it comes to its layout. Wooden benches and seating that run across a 10 by 10-meter surface area which is roofed, as well as a small seating possibility outside that run across the outside of the restaurant.
Collins Exotics kind of resembles a fast-food operation with everything being fully cooked and ready to eat from the moment you sit down. Whenever we have been there food takes no longer than 1 minute until served. This is notable by the fact that you see a lot of local workforce from Ukunda coming there and having their food quick and easy before heading back into their daily hustle.
The place is very local meaning that one should not expect to find high-quality service or luxury utilities however its exotic and delicious selections have made this place legendary.
Collins Exotic Restaurant is renowned for its exclusive and unique selection of traditional cuisine. That you won’t find anywhere in Ukunda. His food selections which you will find will vary depending on what different days or what is currently in season as such.
Omena which in English is the Silver cyprinid fish or also known as the Lake Victoria Sardine. High in Vitamins super salty and super tasty that usually is served with a tomato sauce accompanied with either Ugali or Chapatis
Matumbo is the edible stomach lining of beef that is served in his secret sauce. This defiantly an acquired taste and takes an immense amount of skill to cook which is why Collins exotic is loved by many
Maini which is chicken liver. Pretty straightforward dish liver that is fried and served with either just its broth or in a tomato sauce.
Soups are also very famous food at Collins exotics, especially in the morning hours. The soup is always a soup of the day which is different throughout the week however you can expect to see anything from chicken, goat, or even cow head soup severed with fresh hot chapattis.
Drinks are available but just the basics Coke, Water, Sprite Fanta, and Tea.
It is to be noted that it is a local place meaning they have no toilets. However, the Gate Mall is just next door providing toilets.
The food is super cheap with each full dish usually no more than 150 Kenyan shillings.
Collins Exotic Kibanda Restaurant is a place that one can dare to definitely give a try whether you reading this as an international tourist who is eager to experience some of Kenya’s bizarre dishes or as a local who already is familiar with all the dishes, we can only recommend Collins.
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