Gecko Gardens is arguably the most pleasant environment for anyone to enjoy true peace and tranquillity whilst being served a scrumptious Christmas Lunch. Their friendly staff are at your disposal, and their magnificent gardens are captivating and intriguing. The gardens offer a great view and peaceful surroundings. There are lodges which are designed in a 21st century modern aura that depicts years of excellence in hospitality.
A buffet lunch set in such surrounds with a performing artist sounds like the perfect way to spend your Christmas Day, and for $35 pp (half price for kids unders 12 - one child per adult) here is what they have on their menu this year :
Dual Broccoli and butternut soup
Chef’s fresh garden salad
3 bean salad
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Traditional Christmas Roast Turkey
Smoked Gammon with a wild honey and pine apple and mustard sauce
Hassle back Potatoes
Freshly baked bread rolls
Traditional Christmas pudding
To book your table call them on +263 712 400 975
Under the new leadership of Glenn Stutchbury, the Cresta Group has undergone some major refurbishments and acquisitions. Recently the group purchased Sprayview Hotel in Vic Falls and have done an amazing makeover at the cost of approximately $2m. Cresta Lodge is also undergoing renovations and the new look is fresh and stunning.
With Christmas around the corner, his culinary team, led by Brian Ndlovu have put together this menu at $25 pp.
Cold hors d oeuvres’
Puff pastry tart with goat cheese, sundried tomatoe, olives and mushroom
Tiger prawn and lime skewers sprinkled with a lemon balsamic dressing
Rolled rare roast beef with asparagus
Aubergine rolled with feta cheese, wall nuts and mixed vegetables with a orange and green pepper corn reduction
Tropical fruit kebabs with a ginger and cardamom syrup
Assorted garden fresh salads with various condiments and dressings
Chef Mezas freshly baked bread display
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Sesame seeded chicken schnitzels with a pineapple veloute
Baked, honey glazed gammon spiced with cloves
Rolled turkey filled with sausage meat, sage and vegetables served with a cranberry sauce
Accompaniments include garden fresh vegetables, garlic singed potatoes and mushroom risotto
Chocolate Pavlova with raspberry glaze, gateaux, strawberry mousse, Bavarian creams, and brownies served withfresh pouring cream
Traditional Christmas pudding with custard sauce
To book your table, call them on +263 4 487 006-8
With less than a month to go, eatout has put together a list of dining establishments that will be open (and closed for ease of reference) so that you can celebrate with special family and friends.
Please note that this is the information received to date from some of the restaurants, bear in mind that they may be fully booked, so its best to call ahead to book your table. All contact numbers are on the articles with their menus. To view menus, click on the relevant links.
Emmanuels - $56 pp - Open on Christmas Day for lunch
The Mill - $45 pp - booking essential and prepayment required
Open on New Year's Eve - bookings essential
Christmas Eve - $25 & $12 menu
Christmas Day - $20 pp (buffet)
Millers Cafe - Open everyday
Cafe Afrique - Cresta Oasis Buffet $25 pp - African style buffet
Mojo's - Open on Christmas Day
Da Eros - Closed from 23/12 - 06/01
St Elmos - Closed 24 & 25 December, but open on 22 December and 1 January
Alo Alo - Fully Booked for Christmas Day Lunch
Dehli Palace - Open on Christmas Day
Fishmonger - Closed from 23 December and reopens on 3 January
Leonardos - Closed on 22,25 & 26 December and 1 January
Paulas Place - Closed on Christmas Day
TBK - Closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Amanzi - closed from 22/12/13 to 6/1/14
Gecko Gardens - Buffet Lunch at $35pp
Cresta Lodge (Chatters Restaurant) - Buffet lunch at $25 pp
Wild Geese - fully booked for Christmas Day
In a recent survey carried out by Eatout, we asked 10 restaurants whether they serve Kariba Crayfish on their menu. The result... a mere 30% said they do. When asked why not, one restaurant owner had tried it once and it didn't prove popular, whilst another mentioned that its not their personal favourite.
As described in the recent article, the crayfish are prolific breeders - so why are restaurants not turning to 'local seafood' as an alternative source? Creativity on a menu is vital in keeping diners impressed and interested. Perhaps educating restaurant chefs and staff is a good place to start, and since the crayfish is a fairly 'new' local product, introduce it to culinary schools and colleges.
Crayfish may be a foreign food to students but educating them will be a great start. Perhaps it is an acquired taste for some, but nevertheless if they are prepared correctly, they can no doubt compete with lobsters and prawns from across the border.
From agricultural contracting to Restaurant Manager, Rafe is the new face at Giuliana's Restaurant. Rafe joined the restaurant on a full time basis in August 2013.
Born and bred in Zimbabwe, Rafe spent a great deal of his time in the agricultural sector, doing land preparation and harvesting. Prior to this he spent 5 weeks on board The Royal Caribbean International doing a photography stint, earning $80 per week of which $50 went to laundry... not as royal as it seems. He then felt it was time to come back home.
What makes Giuliana's different? The Pizzas, the home made pastas, the sauces and the ambience. Imagine a chilli, beetroot or chocolate flavoured.
Meikles is hosting their annual Festival of India, with Chef Sundeep who visits beautiful Zimbabwe from New Dehli.
From 7- 11 October Chef Sundeep Katyal will be serving you some of the best Mughlai dishes.
A little bit about the chef - He completed a 3 year degree in Hospitality and Hotel Administration. Chef Sundeep joined The Ashok Hotel in New Dehli and has been involved in many prestigious events and conferences.
How much does it cost? The price for both La Fontaine lunch and Pavilion buffet dinner is $28.00 per person $20.00 for children under 12.
To book your table contact Meikles Hotel on 707721.
Ben Nyaumwe (Zimbabwean by birth), a business man from Port Elizabeth is the man behind the Maestro concept set to open early next week. Former owner of Caprice in Port Elizabeth between 2010 – 2012 (2 years), the establishment was awarded the Most Stylish Restaurant Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Style Awards. Ben was also awarded the Business Person of the Year 2008 Entrepreneur Award, from ABSA.
We did a 'google search' for Ben and guess where he was featured?
Bamboo Inn is set to open next week according to a telephone interview we had with Linda Ramsey who is the landlord. She could not disclose the ownership at this point, but as we find out, we will definitely keep you all informed.
I am sure many of you remember The Bamboo Inn that was along First Street/Robert Mugabe Way, with its dark, dingy but somehow appealing pub run by the Kee family, was once a popular dining point.
I was recently running through an old copy The Irish Times - November 20009. When I came across a wonderful article by Fionna McCann. In this article she bemoans the challenges of being a vegetarian - I have never been a vegetarian myself but have always been facinated with the limited options that have been offered to vegetarians in Zimbabwe.