On 1/25/08, at the suggestion of our Ugandan cabdriver, we had dinner at Karibu, a Ugandan restaurant in Waltham. We highly recommend it to lovers of authentic ethnic food. Our dinner was 100% interesting and 90% delicious.
You order by pointing at dishes in the steam tables. We picked sambuzas, chicken stew, beef stew, cooked spinach, matoki (mashed plantains), corn dumpling, and a chapati.
The "sambuzas" (like samosas), one vegetable one ground beef, were very good; would have been even better hot. The spinach was surprisingly good. The matoki and dumpling were filling and starchy, and benefitted from the heaps of "peanut sauce" served with them. The chicken was good...and the beef stew was GREAT. Somehow it was roasted before being stewed, giving it a great smoky flavor. Best of all was the chapati, made to order, nice and hot; great for dipping in the beef stew. Ginger tea ($2 a pop) was hot and strong and GOOD. Dessert was a sort of fried dough ball; nothing special.
The restaurant is one spacious square room furnished simply. The staff (two young ladies) were very friendly. There were a few other customers, mostly single Ugandan men; we were the only nonUgandan customers. Dinner for two with tip about $38.
This is not the place for to celebrate some great special occasion, nor is it the gourmet experience of a lifetime, but it's interesting and fun for a vist.
Other details: 10 Crescent St. Waltham, right behind the "Asian Grille" (which is on Moody St.). Karibu is kind of around the back.