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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most magnificent beautiful cafe presenting the best of Africa culture and heritage. Food was fabulous and the environment was comforting and cosy. The heroes of Kafe Utu deserve so much recognition for their exceptional service, so helpful, welcoming and kind. Very grateful and thankful to...Rich, Ez and Kez for taking good care of us during our visit ❤️More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have long wanted to try Utu Kafe. While in grad school in the States, my friends and I would occasionally go to Buraka, a simple but lively cafe near campus serving amazing Ethiopian food. Consequently, I was looking to relive some of those found...memories in Singapore by eating at Utu Kafe. And I certainly was not disappointed. My wife and I ate there on a Friday night (the restaurant generally does not take reservations, so we just walked in with no problems). There were many staff working - all very friendly, personable and diligent. We loved the matoke (Ugandan stew) and fish curry. I washed it down with a nice, cold Tusker beer from Kenya. The general environment is festive and relaxed - perfect for decompressing after a long work week.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 15 November 2021 via mobile

We had a wonderful evening at this really nice Kenyan restaurant. The service, good and the vibe is really amazing. We enjoyed the cocktails and listening to African music while we waited for our dinner. Easy helped us get a nice table, June was super...friendly who suggested some favourite dishes and Joseph was really nice to take us on a tour of the place. We loved everything about this place and I’m quite sure we will be back here again. The fish was delicious and so was the buttermilk chicken. The spicy sauces that come with this dish were special and some were super spicy 🌶. The cauliflower was nice but a bit sour for my liking. Overall it was a wonderful dining experience and we really loved the decor and the attire the staff was wearing was also very colorful and elegant.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 14 November 2021 via mobile

We used to go at kafeutu. And my last visit with my family was the most terrible experience. We arrived at 5;30pm. We were advised that the dinner starts at 6pm. We are party of 4. When we arrived we asked the staff if we...can sit together as we live in the same house. But since we are foreigners, our IC doesn’t show address. He said okay. Some of the restaurants are fine. As long as we can show anything to prove that we are on the same address like bill or receipts. We waited for 30mins outside just to get a nice seat. But another guy came and told us we cant seat together even we are willing to prove that we live in the same house. If really cannot, we should have been informed when we arrived. Just wasted our precious time. We feel discriminated as we all know that foreigners doesnt have address on the IC.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 29 October 2021 via mobile

Good ambience and friendly staffs. One of the best coffees i had so far. Delicious foods as well, we had a good lunch. Definitely be back!

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 14 October 2021 via mobile

We were being offered a cozy couch seating area when mentioned was my birthday celebrations. Very thoughtful and kind staffs. Food we had was flavourful and delicious. Most importantly, the ambience was amazing, fully furnished with exotics furniture. In love with the place. Thank you...for a wonderful evening!❤️💯More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 26 September 2021

This was my second time visiting Kafe Utu, so I thought it was about time that I write a review on one of my favourite restaurants in Singapore. On our last visit we had really struggled to narrow down what to order as it all...sounded so delicious. Once we did finally make our choices, it would be an understatement to say that we were more than happy with them, but still wondered what the other options might have tasted like. Therefore, this time, we decided to pick completely different dishes so as to experience more of the menu, and I’m really glad that we did. As per usual, I instantly zoomed in on the word ‘croquettes’, so we went for the Malindi Croquettes as our only starter, and what a starter it was. I can very easily say that if this was the last bite I ever had on Earth, I would die a happy person. These beauties were generously filled with cassava leaves and bechamel, with a nice kick of ginger, garlic and spice, and then coated in a perfectly deep fried shell. What could possibly be better? I think the pictures say it all really, and I do wish that I could have had both to myself. Our three other meals for the evening came from the Mama Africa section of the menu. They all came out at the same time, along with the accompanying jasmine white rice and homemade chapati, which meant we could keep dipping between the three until every last glorious morsel and drip of sauce was completely devoured. These were all outstanding in their own ways, so I am choosing to review them in the order that they appear on the menu, rather than from favourite to least favourite – that would just be too hard to choose. The Liberian Peanut Chicken Stew arrived in a bright orange bowl that matched the sheer brightness of the curry itself. The Sakura chicken thigh came in perfectly tender chunks that fell apart into the sumptuous sauce of peanut butter, smoked fish and habanero as soon as I prodded it with my fork. The sauce was thick but light at the same time, and the chicken soaked up all of the flavours brilliantly. The only negative was that I would have liked more of a kick from the habanero, but then, I am a total spice-fiend, so others most likely could disagree. In comparison to the chicken, the Swahili Fish Curry came out in a turquoise bowl that contrasted beautifully with the orange curry sauce. I have been trying to branch out recently and order fish curry when I see it on the menu, rather than go for the usual chicken or lamb, and I was not disappointed with Kafe Utu’s version. The flavours of the tamarind, coconut milk, house spice and habanero had really soaked into the delicate, glistening fish, and I could tell that it had been perfectly cooked, even before it effortlessly flaked apart in my mouth. The addition of the kachumbari salsa was a stroke of genius that brought more fresh flavour to an already flavourful dish. It is honestly one of the best fish curries I have had the privilege of experiencing. I am not lying when I say that I was most excited, in a my mouth was already watering sort of way, about the Macadamia Goat Stew. Since living in Kenya for six months, where I first tried and then continually ate goat, any time I see goat on the menu I have to have it. Kind of like my croquette addiction. We’d had the Goat Curry (Order it! You won’t regret it!) on our last visit, so this was the only other goat option, and on my next trip to Kafe Utu, I would very happily order both of these delights again. The fresh goat meat in this stew wasn’t quite as fall apart tender as the chicken, but for more of a gamey meat like goat, its tenderness was on point. It was clear that it had been slow cooked for quite some time as goat can easily be very tough otherwise. The habanero, mirepoix and house spice mix paired exceptionally with the richness of the goat, and really added a lovely smoky flavour to the entire dish. The roasted macadamia nuts also added a nice crunchy texture, whilst also soaking up that gorgeous sauce at the same time. The accompanying pineapple salsa added some needed freshness and sweetness to contrast with the spice and smokiness. Now usually, these three meals are accompanied by either jasmine white rice or basmati coconut rice. However, we requested that two of the rice sides be replaced by the homemade chapati. The reason for this, again, was my time in Kenya. At one point, I lived in a small village on the Kenyan coast called Makongeni, where I regularly bought freshly made, hot chapati from a local hut for less than $0.20. I have adored and been addicted to chapati ever since, so I couldn’t wait to try it at Kafe Utu. Unfortunately, this was the only disappointment of the night. I have always found that chapati is the perfect tool for mopping up all of that sauce in a curry or stew, but this chapati was quite tough, so it just really wasn’t the best vehicle for the sauce this time. It also was lukewarm and I felt that it had probably been sitting around for a while. Thankfully however, the jasmine white rice was the saving grace, as it was cooked to perfection and worked wonderfully with the stews and the curry. Next time, we will know to stick to the rice. For the second time, Kafe Utu’s food was an overwhelming success, and I can’t wait to visit again very soon to sample even more of the menu, plus probably order a couple of the favourites.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 4 September 2021

The ambiance was really nice at night. Chris, our server was very attentive. Customer service was excellent here. The food was phenomenal. Chris recommended the goat curry and his personal favourite the liberian peanut chicken stew. Both were delicious. The chicken stew was slightly more...spicier. We also had the lamb samosas for starters, super tasty. For drinks we had the Chapman and Dawa. They were stunning! Would like to thank the staff for making us feel so welcomed :)More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Kafe UTU, Owner at Kafe Utu, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2021

so glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us at Utu! Looking forward to being able to welcome you back!

Reviewed 30 May 2021

This is the place where exquisite taste and fine design meet. We loved how delicious the food and beverages were. The Fish Curry is a must as well as the pancakes. We ordered 3 mains, 2 starters, and 3 drinks and dessert. All of which...were outstanding. It was wonderful to enjoy the food and feast our eyes at all the tasteful furniture and style oozing from this resto. My kid even proclaimed she wanted to work here! Servers were incredibly attentive, kind and always saw to it our glass was never empty. Will return again and again!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 1 May 2021 via mobile

Kept coming back and trying more dishes. This time we had 1)salad with grilled chicken. The pomelo and kaffir leaves made this dish so refreshing 2) lamb samosas. The well marinated spices in the samosas gave these a kick! 3) for mains we had -...Moroccan Lemon Chicken Tagine which contained Marinated Chicken, Olives, Saffron, Charred Onions, Quinoa, House Pickled Lemon. Served with Quinoa 4) Swahili Fish Curry which is a favourite in this place. Made up of Red Snapper, Tamarind, Coconut Milk, House Curry Paste & Habanero. Served with Coconut Rice 5) carrot cake- so moist! Wow. All in a great place to introduce your friends to . Great service from Joma and Jonathan!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4