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“Irresistible buffets, great ambiance”
Review of Caprice

Caprice
Ranked #19 of 135 Restaurants in Kinshasa
Price range: US$40 - US$60
Description: Caprice restaurant & terrace is an all-day dining restaurant with an international buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner and choose from an a la carte menu that offers a wide variety of international dishes. The restaurant's terrace offers you a variety of shisha flavours selection and is a great place to connect with friends while overlooking the Boulevard 30 Juin.
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Description: Caprice restaurant & terrace is an all-day dining restaurant with an international buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner and choose from an a la carte menu that offers a wide variety of international dishes. The restaurant's terrace offers you a variety of shisha flavours selection and is a great place to connect with friends while overlooking the Boulevard 30 Juin.
Reviewed 28 August 2020

There aren’t that many places in Kinshasa that can offer ambiance, quality and character while ensuring impeccable hygiene and sanitation, and enforcing Covid precautions.

Entering the Caprice makes one step into another dimension so detached from the reality of living in a Covid world. Here one can enjoy and savor time with family and friends over meticulously prepared food that is more food art than anything else. Seating arrangements are very well spaced so there is no overcrowding and staff immediately clean up after customers to keep the next clientele safe and secure.

Although it has an excellent ala carte menu, its real pull are the meals wonderfully planned around themed buffets every day of the week. They also have their champagne weekends and an amazing DJ who does not disappoint.

Caprice is indeed one place to visit and dine in - especially for urbanites.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 15 January 2020

Caprice is a decent buffet restaurant attached to Hotel Arjaan within Kin Plaza at the junction of Ave de la Justice, Ave de l'Ouganda, and Petit Point in the Gombe district of Kinshasa. Given the paucity of decent eateries in the city and the ridiculously high prices, the buffet at Caprice is a very welcome relief.

There is no real signage for Caprice so its location just has to be known in advance. It is on the top floor of Kin Plaza, accessible via the escalator and then immediately obvious. Kin Plaza is far from spectacular but by Kinshasa standards is an ok little mall though the entry via the Arjaan reception area is the more refined route.

The restaurant looks pretty good. It has a classy atmosphere which is good for entertaining as the cleanliness of the colour scheme falls the right side of the sombre/classy line. Seating is comfortable and as the restaurant is really large and not overly patronised there is loads of space.

The outside area is a good spot for those who can cope with the climate other than when directly in the sunlight which can be a bit oppressive. The terrace is really attractive even though the view into this part of Gombe has nothing to speak of it other than to watch the construction growing up opposite. Still, there is a sense of being able to see into Gombe life from this vantage point.

Service is friendly and personable. A server recognised this patron outside the restaurant several hours after a visit and showed warmth. Another at the buffet had a really good chat about the restaurant, patronage, and options available. It was a really pleasant experience not often matched in DRC. The chef was amenable to a thumbs-up while he ate his own lunch. The only downside to the service is it is far from attentive or explanatory but that's likely still a step too far in this city.

Drinks offerings include various soft drinks, the quality local beer, and various spirits which come extremely well-presented. There is an pretty decent drinks menu. Food menu was not offered as it was assumed a buffet would be taken. In truth that is definitely the best option of a lunchtime.

The buffet was impressive. While there are better buffets in the world, Kinshasa does not have a large number of them so to find one in this city is just terrific. The buffet includes starter options though and plenty of main courses. There is enough for a vegetarian to eat including a quiche, a delicious fried potato described as a hash brown, pasta, a non-spicy mushroom curry, and some others.

The food was tasty. Not spectacular. Tasty. That's great given the availability of the buffet and the option to try all sorts of things. The dessert however, was fantastic. It is largely chocolate based but the temptation to try all the different little options delivered the reward it promised. Superb desserts.

Price is not cheap because nothing in Kinshasa really is. However, by the standards of this market the cost is not exhorbitant given the offerings.

As an entertaining space, Caprice works fantastically well. It is quiet enough of a lunchtime to have easy conversation. The space looks good and has just about enough prestige. The drinks are presented well. The food is good with a range of options and the desserts are delicious.

Date of visit: January 2020
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KinPlazaA, General Manager at Caprice, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2020

Dear Malarchy,

Thank you for having taken the time to give your feedback.

We really appreciate reading your positive and constructive comments about the restaurant Caprice.

We hope to see you soon in Kin Plaza Arjaan by Rotana Caprice Restaurant.

Best regards,

Philippe Queriaud,
General Manager.

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Reviewed 24 March 2019 via mobile

Absolutely amazing experience. It was hard to restrain oneself from the variety and quality options. The executive chef (Nerendra) was always very visible and approachable - his Biryani was exceptional.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 17 March 2019 via mobile

Highly qualified staff and an amazing buffet with attention to detail. This restaurant is an oasis of luxury. The cook and manager are present in the restaurant to ensure everything runs smoothly. Highly recommended for business and pleasure!

Date of visit: March 2019
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KinPlazaA, General Manager at Caprice, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2019

Dear FredericBE32,

There is nothing that warms our heart more than a guest who truly appreciates all our efforts. Thank you for your wonderful compliments about the hospitality of our colleagues and the excellent buffet which I am glad you enjoyed.

Once again, we appreciate your feedback and we hope to see you again at Kin Plaza Arjaan by Rotana for another memorable visit.

Didier Coeln

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Reviewed 16 March 2019 via mobile

This restaurant has a big terrace. During the day, it's in the blazing sun, but at night it is cool and it offers a relatively good view on the nearby area (Socimat). It is the ideal place in Kinshasa for a chicha outdoor. On Friday, Saturday or Sunday night, you will have to wait for a table if you don't book or if you arrive around 20:00. There are about twenty tables. A chicha costs 15 USD and you can choose among three different flavors (mint, apple and a third one I have forgotten). Chichas are definitely bad for your lungs, but once in a while, with good friends of yours, to smoke a chicha in such a place can help you unwind after a long day at work.

Date of visit: March 2019
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KinPlazaA, General Manager at Caprice, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2019

Dear Steeve P,

Thank you for sharing your experience at the caprice and for your compassionate comment.

We really appreciate your feedback which will assist us to continuously strive to improve our services and facilities.

We are looking forward to welcome you again.

Yours sincerely,

Didier Coeln

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