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The quiet charm of La Fontaine

By Vision Reporter

Added 1st June 2001 03:00 AM

La Fontaine translates as 'fountain' in English. This charming discreet restaurant in fact does have a fountain in the middle of its courtyard. I feel as if I have found the source of the gastronomic Nile, here.

La Fontaine translates as 'fountain' in English. This charming discreet restaurant in fact does have a fountain in the middle of its courtyard. I feel as if I have found the source of the gastronomic Nile, here.

By Rovianne Matovu La Fontaine translates as 'fountain' in English. This charming discreet restaurant in fact does have a fountain in the middle of its courtyard. I feel as if I have found the source of the gastronomic Nile, here. I am about to take you on a digestible safari. No four wheel drive is needed, just an empty stomach, voracious appetite and adventurous spirit. I admit that you would be forgiven to think this is an entirely French restaurant. But La Fontaine boasts an international menu right in Kololo, Kampala. This restaurant is owned by three great Danes: (not to be confused with dogs!)Helge Engelbreckt, Natalia Eldon and Anne Bakman. The previous owners were also Danish. Mr Engelbreckt was my delightful food guide. Although it is international, they also use local produce. The menu is very extensive and easily accommodates vegans, vegetarians and carnivores. There is even a separate children's menu. Helge chose for me the chef's recommendation. I started with the self-service salad bar which I was told was the only one of its kind in Kampala. You can choose your own dressings, which are clearly marked. This came with fresh, delicious home-made bread made each day on the premises. This was followed by a delicious homemade tomato soup (sh5,000) with grated cucumber, basil, carrots and cream. I adore the local fish in Uganda and went for the chef's Tilapia with a tomato and dill sauce, served with rice (sh8,500). It was light, beautifully balanced in texture, flavour and colour. To prove their versatility in the kitchen, they also serve such exotic dishes as Mexican Fajitas with beef/chicken, guacamole, salsa, sour cream and cheese (sh9,000). However, I surrendered to my sweet tooth as I knew this was an opportunity not to be missed. I was advised to try the homemade coconut ice-cream in a subtle flambe of rum on a pineapple base. I was instantly transported to heaven! For you chocoholics, I noticed there was a 'squidge chocolate log' (sh5,000). You only live once. They also serve a very special coffee delight: freshly brewed Mount Elgon coffee with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream (sh5,000). The menu changes every two months so it's faithful clientele enjoys regular elements of surprise. They also serve a serious Sunday brunch to aid those hang overs from the excesses of the night before! Helge told me that they also offer catering for private receptions and dinner parties. Experience this place at least once and I can guarantee you you will be back. It is money well spent. I had been more than very well fed and looked after. I could eat here each and every day, money permitting! La Fontaine is located on Plot 6 Bukoto Street, next to Cassava Republic and is open for lunch and dinner all day every day except on Saturday. It is open all day on Sunday. Ends

The quiet charm of La Fontaine

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