I haven’t been home (Kenya) for almost 2 years and so when the opportunity arose to indulge in some East African and Indian flavours at home courtesy of Bandaa’s dishes I was super excited. I miss the food we indulge in at home and so this was the next best thing to it.
Bandaa is located in Hatch End and is fairly new, having only opened late summer 2020. They serve all the popular, nostalgic and classic Kenyan dishes and have a really extensive menu. Prior to lockdown they also introduced breakfast and an Afternoon Tea offering.
During lockdown they are currently doing takeaways on Mondays (5:30 to 10pm) and Tuesdays – Sundays (12pm to 10pm). There is free home delivery for orders over £30 and a 10% discount for any orders placed for collection. So if you are from East Africa and fancy a taste of home whilst you can’t travel there, do give it a try!
They kindly dropped off a personalised Menu and a lovely Hamper filled with their signature Big 5 Sauces for me, which are as follows:
- Chui – Lemon and Sweet Chilli
- Tembo – Chilli & Garlic
- Simba – Smoked Pili Pili
- Nyati – Mint & Coriander
- Kifaru – Chilli & Pineapple (our favourite)
They also kindly included some bubbly, a face mask and sunglasses. You can win this exact Hamper as well as £50 worth of food by entering their competition on Instagram before 14 February so go go go!
Enter competition: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJy9913n4we/
Now let’s go through what I ordered for takeaway!
To start with we had a selection of Grilled Broccoli (marinated in Kenyan spices accompanied with onions and peppers), Kachri Bateta Kenyan Style (a Tomato and Mango based soup with potato and chevro served with tamarind and a garlic sauce) and Crispy Viazi (Spiced and deep-fried potato bhajia served with a special kachumbari chutney). They were all really tasty, but the Kachri Bateta was our favourite.
When we dined at the restaurant, we also loved their Mombasa Mix.
We also shared Poussin Pili Pili Kuku, another Kenyan classic, which is deep fried chicken tossed in a special poussin sauce and served with sides of salad and chips. It was marinated well and was very tasty.
If you grew up in Mombasa like me, you will know that an African chapati is life and we ordered both the classic Spicy Egg Chapati and the Lamb Keema & Egg Chapati. Both were really yummy.
Alongside the delicious chapatis we devoured an Egg Curry (Mayai Mchuzi) which was sublime! The portion size was really good so we had this the next day for leftovers too.
Our sides were Poussin Chips as well as Kachumbari Chips.
We really enjoyed our meal and the food was really tasty and hit the spot! I recommend getting hold of their sauces too. Really great flavours!
To view their full menu and to order visit https://bandaa.uk/
You can also order via Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat.
Address : Bandaa, 461 Uxbridge Rd, Pinner, HA5 4JS (lots of parking on the parade)\
My meal was complimentary but all views are my own.