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A true oasis of good cuisine

By Vision Reporter

Added 28th May 2009 03:00 AM

AS the restless son of an avid cricket fan, I remember spending a number of evenings on the Lugogo Sports ground pavilion. We used to snack on chicken muchomo grilled on the lawns outside.

AS the restless son of an avid cricket fan, I remember spending a number of evenings on the Lugogo Sports ground pavilion. We used to snack on chicken muchomo grilled on the lawns outside.

By Ernest Bazanye

AS the restless son of an avid cricket fan, I remember spending a number of evenings on the Lugogo Sports ground pavilion. We used to snack on chicken muchomo grilled on the lawns outside.

How the place has changed. It is now Oasis: The Club House, and is completely transformed from the chicken terraces. It’s now a very cool, spacious, red-tiled, high-thatched Indian — Chinese restaurant with a calm ambience and a lot of good food.

When we arrived, after snaking through a thick pathway lined with exotic plants — my guest identified them as duranta, hibiscus and I didn’t catch the rest because I was wondering if the salad was going to be this verdant — we found ourselves in a shaded room.

It was empty at 2.30pm, with only three other tables taken. Celebrities, by the way: including a popular musician and a well — known sports figure.

We had a waiter the instant we sat down. The tables are manned by young ladies in uniforms with skirts that seemed too tight to be comfortable in certain cases but they are quick and agile.

Our waitress was not able to bluff her way through it when I asked her to tell me about the chicken curry.

She was very honest. She told me to just read what was written on the menu, where it said the chicken was served in curry sauce and was available boneless.

I wish more waiters would at least try to fake an answer. Say something like, “Oh, trust me, it is one of our most popular dishes. Very succulent. You will love it. The spices are like heaven!” That’s what we want to hear.

In the end the food did turn out to be really good. My chicken curry and vegetable fried rice was better than my guest’s chicken in a lemony sauce but we were well sated as we took the stroll back to New Vision’s offices.

The meals cost what I have come to expect for Indian and Chinese cuisine — take 20k plus with you when you go — but do not schedule meetings after. You will be too full and sleepy after the meal.

A true oasis of good cuisine

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