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Orchid Cafe & Restaurant

12/194, Lilongwe, Malawi
+265 888 22 10 40
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good22%
  • Average0%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible11%
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“flatbread” (2 reviews)
“beef” (2 reviews)
“game night” (3 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 15:30 Hours
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Persian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
12/194, Lilongwe, Malawi
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Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

This was a great choice for our final meal at the end of a 9-day visit to Malawi. Excellent food in pleasant surroundings.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Paradise20095717449
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

We had our last night in Lilongwe and decided to eat at Orchid. We ordered delicious starters including hummus, tabbouleh and flatbread and as main course portions from the grill. The grilled lamb was the best we have ever had. Really enjoyed our stay, the...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Navigator816740
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Great selection with large portions. We had a large group (10) and sampled many different dishes. Lamb, chicken and veggie options were all good. The service was good, and had a very relaxed manner.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Kuvaszfan
Reviewed 23 July 2018

From the incredible cocktails and food to the friendly staff and atmosphere. Game nights, live music, specials and shisha! This is my favourite place to hang out in Lilongwe from a relaxed Wednesday game night to a party on a Friday! This is the place...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank chloemcck
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Orchid is quiet little restaurant and bar nestled in the are 12 neighbourhood of Lilongwe. Their cuisines is primarily Persian. their freshly grilled kebabs a with fresh breads is just delectable. With meat selections from Chicken, fish, beef and lamb. Their fresh Hummus is delicious....More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank chiku265
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely dinner including live music. The food was delicious (I had the falafel) and I especially appreciated the healthy salad served with it. When we initially arrived there were no outside tables left so started at a table inside (we had not made...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank vthoms6
Reviewed 23 April 2018

Places like this one spoil the whole fun of dining out. It is not surprising that the place is poorly managed seeing how rude the manager (or was that kid the owner !) was. They are not equipped to serve more than 10-12 guests! I...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Ram N
Orchid R, Owner at Orchid Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Not sorry at all. You forgot to mention you were asked to leave the place due to derogatory comments towards management(which you have proudly displayed on your review) and racist and abusive comments towards staff. You booked for 10-12 people and ended up with 26...More

Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

The best host and staff going the extra mile to serve me food even after the kitchen was closed and charge my friends phone. Love love love absolutely recommend 😁

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Rosemary D
Reviewed 4 March 2018

I enjoy the food and the service was great - The place is a bit expensive compared to other place, but thinking that you're in Malawi, it makes up for it. The atmosphere was nice and I learnt that on Wednesday, it's a game night...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank pockycake
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Living at home alone and note a very good cook, I tend to look for dinner places in my area so at the spur of the moment I can just go somewhere quickly for a nice dinner. Orchids has been one of my regular spots...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Luis M
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28 August 2018|
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Response from chiku265 | Reviewed this property |
The prices vary a lot because the menu is quite expansive. You can get some good grilled kebab skewers for as little as £4/$5. You might be best served buying a few different items and share them. That way you get to taste... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:30
18:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 15:30
18:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 15:30
18:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 15:30
18:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 15:30
18:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12/194, Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Location: Africa  >  Malawi  >  Central Region  >  Lilongwe
  • Phone Number: +265 888 22 10 40
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