Piato is a Greek word that means plate, in Italian it means course, as in a division or part of a meal. Quite fittingly, Piato restaurant provides a variety of meals and courses ranging from pastries, snacks, to Continental dishes and a wide range of desserts.
Piato is located on Plot 20, Lumumba Avenue adjacent to the French embassy and is open on weekdays from 7.00am to 11.00pm, from 8.00am to 12.00pm and 10.00am to 12.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays respectively. It provides both indoor and outdoor bar and sitting areas, is spacious and thus suitable for hosting events from celebratory dinners, parties to corporate events.
My experience with Piato was purely accidental but it is one of those places that made its mark on both my mind and my taste buds.
On arrival, I was especially taken aback by the ambience. It offers a great mix of a cozy, homey and yet serene environment automatically invoking a relaxed mood in its callers. This is further stimulated by the décor, cool breeze and friendly staff that only remind the guests of exotic locations once visited.
In the company of three on that Wednesday afternoon, looking through the menu, it was quickly deduced that Local Cuisine was unavailable. We all went ahead and ordered continental dishes.
While an order may take 15-30 minutes to prepare, and may thus not be suitable for a ravenous caller, when the meal is finally served, it is well worth the wait. Our meal tasted as delicious as it looked both on the menu and when it first arrived. In addition, the prices are pocket friendly with an average meal ranging from 10,000 shs to 25,000 shs.
However, as delicious as the meal was, the potions served fall on the lesser side and therefore depending on how famished one is, it might be necessary to order a second serving.
It is amazing though how this calm patio atmosphere transitions into a tavern as the late evening approaches. The callers as did we, all switched from water and fruit juices to more suitable options selected from a range of available wines, beers, whisky and rum.
The guests switched from the older, retired crowd to a more fun-loving group of twenty something’s basically interested in catching up with friends in a more relaxed, less loud environment.
With alcohol in the system, comes the visit to the ladies. The toilets were stirringly clean and located appropriately; that is, not too close to the sitting area but close enough to get to when the need arose.
Piato is not a place; it is an experience in which everyone ought to indulge.