In Summary
  • I was horrified to learn that the branch our local expert recommended was located at a petrol station.
  • This, coupled with the devastating news that because of its Muslim ownership, pork and alcohol are not served at Javas, had me in a right state by the time we arrived.

There’s about to be a battle of the Titans on Nairobi’s food scene and it is going to be glorious!

When Kenya’s Java House chain first attempted expansion into Uganda a few years ago, a little known Ugandan brand moved to court to block the action precipitating a fierce legal battle over trademark infringements.

The petitioner was Café Javas, a fairly young home-grown coffee style restaurant with nine outlets across Kampala and Entebbe.

On a recent visit to the lush, hilled capital, a bunch of my cousins and I made sure to visit one of the Café Javas branches for lunch as legend had reached us all the way in Nairobi of their tremendous portions, value for money and food quality. Being thrifty travellers, we intended on verifying this. 

I was horrified to learn that the branch our local expert recommended was located at a petrol station. This, coupled with the devastating news that because of its Muslim ownership, pork and alcohol are not served at Javas, had me in a right state by the time we arrived.

My frustrations were assuaged as soon as we crossed the threshold into the manic dining room where my own voice was drowned in the din of a multitude of patrons.

The place was packed to the rafters; employees zipped across the floor with trays full of the most eye-popping portions of food I have ever seen!

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