Sundays at Lake Tanganyika: Food and Fun

Sunday is a special day in Burundi – and especially at the Lake.  Early morning jogging is very popular and this is usually done by a group of friends, club, church (etc) members who jog out to the Lake. Then, it’s to church – and after, it is popular for entire families and groups of friends to go to the Lake for a promenade and, if enough money, for lunch – or at least a snack.

Restaurants and other public places along Lake Tanganyika are especially popular and it is the day of the week that the Hotel Club du Lake Tanganyika has most of its business.

In the morning families with very young children like to come so that their kids can play in the Hotel’s kids’ pool while parents lounge in the sun.

Kiddies pool

Sunday brunch is an occasion that is enjoyed by many.  The Hotel’s excellent pastry chef makes a wide variety of breads, rolls and other goodies, and there is always an array of fresh fruit, cheese, ham, and several hot dishes.  Eggs and crepes are made to order.  All you can eat for about $9.00 and half price for kids.

Breads and rolls, baked in the hotel kitchen

Eggs and crepes, made to order

At 1pm a large buffet is served and the usual crown is over 100.  The price is about $18.00 for all you can eat, half price for kids.  Here is a recent Sunday buffet menu:

– SOUP –
FRESH TOMATO SOUP

– SALADS –
COLESLAW SALAD
SARDINE PLATTER
MIXED, GREEN SALAD

– COLD CUTS –
THIN SLICES OF RARE LOIN OF BEEF WITH
HOME-MADE CHICKEN LIVER PATE

-MAIN DISHES –
ROAST BEEF
BRAISED, SPICED LAMB
CHICKEN AND COURGETTE BAKE
WHOLE, LOCAL ‘SALMON’ FISH BAKED WITH FRESH MUSHROOMS

– FROM THE CARVING TABLE –
BUCK GOAT, GRILLED MAASAI-STYLE
(WHOLE BUCK GOAT MARINATED OVERNIGHT IN HEAVILY SALTED WATER &
CHARCOAL-BBQ’d IN THE HOTEL’S OWN ‘TEXAS GRILL’)

– SIDE DISHES –
PILAF RICE
GREEN PEAS COOKED WITH FRESH MUSHROOMS

– HOUSE SPECIALTY FROM UGANDA –
TRADITIONAL KAMPALA MATOKE
(COOKING BANANAS STEAMED IN BANANA LEAF PACKETS)
SERVED WITH:
LENGA-LENGA (AMARANTH) FROM KAJAGA VILLAGE WITH CHEF’S SPECIAL PEANUT SAUCE

– DESSERTS –
ASSORTED, HOME-MADE FRESH DESERTS
CHOICES OF FRESH TROPICAL FRUITS

The kitchen has been busy since early morning preparing all of the dishes  (Karen or others – Chef Richard would be very pleased for your comments on the menu!):

Sunday mornings in the hotel kitchen – everybody at work

Salads

Desserts

Roasts

In another blog, I will put up detailed directions for making Kampala Matoke and information on this interesting dish.

Cold cuts, with a little Kenyan cow and its herder looking on

Salads are all ready!

Main dishes

Buck Goat, marinated in salted water and BBQ'd - Traditional Maasai style, from Kenya

Dessert table - sweets and fruits

Afternoon – sees more people coming out to enjoy the sun and the pool; order a snack with drinks and visit with friends.

At 4pm, Steve Sogo and his group come out to entertain the crowd until 8pm.  Over the last several years Steve and his group have mastered a wide array of music and singing – from traditional Burundian through French, Italian, Spanish, and other.  They are really excellent and considered by many to be the best in Burundi.

Steve and his group at the hotel

A few months ago Steve and his group gave a concert at the French Cultural Centre

In the meantime, kids and others enjoy the beach.

Kids and adults enjoying the beach before sunset. Bujumbura and hills above the capital are in the background.

Sunset over the Congo

By 9pm, just about everyone has left – tired and happy.

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With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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7 Responses to Sundays at Lake Tanganyika: Food and Fun

  1. yolanda says:

    I didn’t know Sogo played at Club du Lac every Sunday. I think I will make my way out there more often now.

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  2. Melly says:

    I love the menu…goat,lamb. The photos are very beautiful too. Thank you for this glimpse into Burundi life.

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  4. Rebecca says:

    Wow, looks idyllic- great weather, water, sun, music, delicious foods- especially the fresh tomato soup- soup is my favorite food in the world.
    Is the pool chlorinated or saline?

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    • dianabuja says:

      Thanks – it is a wonderful way to spend Sunday, for families in Bujumbura. The pool is chlorinated.

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