Jambo Cafe
African-Caribbean Fusion

The exotic locale of Lamu Island, off the coast of Kenya, with its Swahili fusion of European, Arabic and Indian influences, is at the heart of Owner-Chef Ahmed Obo’s spirited cuisine. It was there, in his mother’s aromatic kitchen, that Ahmed mastered his homeland’s unique gastronomic delights, beginning a culinary adventure that would ultimately lead him to Santa Fe, New Mexico where, in  2009, he fulfilled his life’s dream by opening Jambo Café.

Jambo Café has created a legion of loyal fans who wax eloquent over Chef Obo’s mouth-watering fare. Whether it’s a dine in, carry out or catered meal you crave, Jambo strikes “a superb balance between vibrant and subtle, making it better than most of what’s being served locally at many times the price.”

Winner of numerous awards including “Best Soup” at the Souper Bowl for three years in a row, the Santa Fe Reporter’s, “Best International Cuisine” and a feature on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”, Jambo Cafe will tempt your palate with spices just right.

Jambo Imports

Jambo Imports

Jambo Imports

All Things African…stop into Ahmed Obo’s retail store featuring African art, furniture, textiles, decor, jewelry, drums, as well as, spices and Chef Ahmed’s new line of chutneys. Two doors down from Jambo Cafe (on the other side of CATO), Jambo Imports is open Noon–8pm, Monday through Saturday.  “Like” Read more…

Jambo Special Events

Jambo Special Events

Jambo Café's Master Chef Ahmed Obo

Afro-Caribbean Spices

An ongoing series of demonstration-cooking classes utilizing the spices used in Chef Ahmed Obo’s acclaimed and prize-winning Afro-Caribbean homestyle cuisine. Subscribe to one or all of these special demonstration classes right on this website. Each class is $15 and is held at Jambo Imports, next door to Jambo Cafe. Read more…

Stay In Touch

Stay In Touch

Hear It First Here

Stay in tune with Chef Ahmed Obo and Jambo Cafe as he unveils pop-up dining opportunities and details on our forthcoming cookbook.
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Jambo Kids Foundation

Jambo Kids Foundation

Jambo Kids Foundation

Creating a healthy for the children and families of Ahmed Obo’s native Lamu off the coast of Kenya. Focusing on the Jambo Kids Clinic, a model healthcare clinic providing services to over 1,000 patients a month. In the late summer of 2015 we’ll unveil plans for a new clinic to be built complete with a Women’s Care Center focusing on
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