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We do catering services for corporate staff lunch & Breakfast, corporate events, weddings & Introduction ceremonies plus Dine services at our restaurant in Kiswa Bugolobi.
Setting up a new enterprise is always a gamble and all the more so when one is not versed in that particular area of expertise in which one is seeking to trade or deal. Some businesses such as retail shops, and here I have in mind the mom and pop store or duka wallah, need no experience to speak of; get space and pay rent and put in shelves and get stock and one thinks that the battle is over.
In reality, as the saying goes, if wishes were horse then beggars would ride. The most fundamental and critical plan for any business to succeed is knowing your target group or audience. It would spell doom to think of opening a Sheraton Hotel in ghetto, similarly, the idea of a Nakumatt in Kisenyi would be sheer folly.
Any business worth its salt requires a business plan and such a plan presupposes knowledge of the enterprise. Shaka Zulu Foods was conceived by Umar Kikungwe along with some buddies, and uppermost in their mind at the time of setting up shop, was to “serve good local food.” While this idea in itself is not difficult to realise, the crucial point which they had omitted in their plan was pricing/target group.
After all, as I am so wont to tell people, the logistics for cooking for 200 per day are basically the same for food of Shs 4,000 or Shs10,000 per plate though the end result is substantially different with the latter yielding a much more favourable and attractive bottom line. On top of that, when one is paying nine figures rent, at the low end of the spectrum you would have to cook several hundred covers in a day in order to meet the bills.
When Shaka Zulu Food opened in August 2011, they quickly came to realise that there was little reward in the low end pricing and the business seemed doomed for failure. The numbers simply did not add up. Soon his partners got cold feet, and eventually pulled out at which point Umar did a lot of soul searching and decided to up the ante and go up market with a price tag of around a tenner. Along with a new pricing tag for the food, he decided to benchmark himself against successful places such as 2K Restaurant in Bakuli and St Anthony. Above all, he came to realise that there were many middle class Ugandans in those necks of the woods who hankered for the 2K model and dared not drive across town to Bakuli during lunch hours.
This change in strategy soon began to pay off and yielded positive results and that class of discerning and middle class Ugandans who know and appreciate good food at an affordable price rewarded Umar by coming in droves. Today, the place is a beehive of activity and during our recent visit we were greatly impressed by the standard of food on offer. The matooke, rice, and sauces were done as well as one should deserve and expect. They offer luwombos of chicken, goat meat, and ground nut sauce and they are expertly done, tasty and generous in portions.
The service is remarkably efficient with turnaround time from the time of placing one’s order being no more than five minutes. This means that even when they are busy, you will be served in time and move on to other issues deserving of your precious time.