"Heaven is more than a place, it's a social enterprise." That's the first thing I read as I sat down for dinner at Heaven, a premier restaurant and bar in Kigali. Heaven is a not only known for its exceptional food and service, it strives to do good by giving back to the local economy. Based on an idea by Alissa Ruxin, wife of Access Project founder, Josh Ruxin, Heaven's goal is to create jobs, support local farmers, suppliers, technicians and artists, as well as provide ongoing training to workers to improve the local service industry.
That's an ambitious goal for Kigali, where there aren't many restaurants or much of a social scene. To say that I have spent most of my evenings at home catching up on work and chatting with friends and family, speaks volumes on the lack of things to do in Kigali.
So you can imagine how excited I was to go to Heaven and experience the best of Kigali. You immediately feel like you have been transported to another place. The ambience of Heaven is reminiscent of an island bungalow, with its thatched ceiling, open views and wooden tables and chairs. I ordered the "Heavenly Soup of the Day" which was a creamy chicken soup and the Charcoal-Grilled Chicken with Potato Croquettes. Everything is fresh and organic, and I could taste the difference with the chicken I served at Heaven and what I was used to back in the States. The food and drinks were delicious and I savored every bite. Definitely a worthwhile trip for anyone living in Kigali or planning to visit.