Let’s be honest. I hadn’t heard good things about KIZA so I was very hesitant to visit. However last Monday evening a bunch of food bloggers (myself included) gathered for another BME in DIFC. I’m so glad I got to try KIZA for myself as in the end I had nothing to worry about. Hakuna Mata!
KIZA is located in the same building as Mint Leaf of London and is easily found on the Ground Floor. There is no valet service unfortunately so depending on where you park you will have to pay.
Our evening starts with a change of outfits. We were lucky enough to wear some incredible designs by Ntombi Couture. After a small photoshoot, we enjoy a welcome cocktail or mocktail of our choice. I opted for the passionfruit mojito which was served with a load of ice, fresh mint and fresh passionfruit. (My fave!)
KIZA used to be located somewhere in Healthcare City and was a lot smaller venue/bar. The new space in DIFC is huge! It has a bar which takes centre stage lined with African drums as chairs. In the middle is the DJ booth and dance floor where we learn from the African staff members how to do a traditional dance which they do at weddings. It was super fun!
Once we eventually sit down we are served two small portions of soups to try back to back. A pepper lamb soup which is very spicy, I nearly choke as the pepper goes down the wrong hole. The choking aside the lamb adds a nice meaty flavor to the broth although some of the lamb pieces were a little too fatty for me to finish my bowl. Next up was a lentil soup which was very powdery on my palette.
From the starters menu we also try the Kiza mango salad, special BBQ grilled chicken wings and African meat pattys. The Kiza mango salad was fresh – I love the addition of fruits in salads which adds sweetness and the addition of walnuts for the crunchy texture.
The BBQ wings had a nice sauce I only wish there was more of it and I personally would of preferred if the wings were left on the grill for a little longer, as the chicken skin was a bit soggy. The African meat pattys are equivalent to South American espanadas, a thick pastry baked with a filling of minced meat and vegetables. Warm and comforting and addictive, I could of easily downed the whole plate to myself.
Before main courses arrive we change seats so we can get to mingle with other people. The smiling staff offer us a glass of red or white wine to go with our meals. First out of the kitchen was the African kale, Peri Peri Prawns and the jollof rice. The sauteed kale was drool worthy and the prawns were so big and mean looking and tasting. The jollof rice is a red tomato based rice which is a nice base for the Kenyan vegetable stew which is a little on the spicy side.
Next out was the Mixed Grill Platter which was huge in portion size and perfect for sharing, however juicy the meat looked i still found some pieces I tried to be on the dry side. Looks can be deceiving!
The masala fries which landed on the table at the same time were thick cut potato fries rolled in ample amounts of masala spices and herbs.
The sea bream was served whole and then cut up into pieces. A fleshy meat, (but beware of the bones); I enjoyed it with Kiza’s special African sauce which was served with the prawns.
From the desserts we tried I most enjoyed the Pineapple upside down cake. The cake was light and fluffy and had a coconut flavor to it, whilst the cooked pineapple is just enough sweetness to end a filling African meal.
For those who are lucky to work in the DIFC area and love an after work tipple KIZA have a happy hour from 4-8 everyday!
The food menu is quite reasonably priced considering it’s classified as fine dining. There’s definitely some items I’d order again like the African meat pattys, Peri Peri Prawns and the Kiza salad.
If you want to see what my fellow foodies said about KIZA click on the hyperlinks below:
- Monica – DoinDubai
- Mark – Markmyworld
- Nairuz – NairuzReviews
- Tezheeb – The Tezzy Files
- Rohit – Big Food Boy
- Annika – Annika Eats
- Javeria – Dine Out Dubai
NB: This blog post was sponsored by Doindubai. Big ups to Monica for organizing such a fun evening!
Location: Emirates Financial Towers
Phone: 04 453 9038