Amanda's Review ‹ Back to Poivre Noir
Had dinner here with three friends tonight. With a bright, cozy, and clean look, the house-turned-bistro felt warm and welcoming. I immediately took note of the restaurant's indoor and outdoor seating,the fresh flowers dressing its warm wooden tables, the French music sweetly playing in the background, and its subtle nod to Rwanda through a collection of Kigali-at-night photographs on the walls. The menu is varied, but not overwhelming, and includes Belgian/French favourites like moules frites (mussels and chips) and steak frites (steak and fries). We were served olive bread as a starter. It looked like foccacia, but crumbled like a biscuit. It was pretty good. I followed that with the steak (filet de boeuf grillé aux herbes) cooked to medium rare, served with Béarnaise sauce and mashed potatoes (11,000 RWF).The beef was perfectly cooked, browned on the outside with a warm red centre and so tender that my butter knife cut through with relative ease. The Béarnaise sauce was a great accompaniment and the mashed potatoes were buttery and delicious. I was pleasantly surprised that the meal also included a side salad, but I found the dressing much too sour for my taste (too much vinegar?). For dessert, I had the apple pie with speculoos ice cream (6,000 RWF). It was good, but I found that the two tastes offset each other, rather than complementing each other. I finished the meal with a shot of espresso (1,500 RWF). The service started out good, but I think the servers forgot about us when a larger party arrived. The chef personally greeted us twice. Overall, my experience was good. The food is a bit pricey, but notably better in quality and taste than a lot of other places around town. The food and coziness of the restaurant makes it a great choice for a date night.