Sadza and Meat Specials at Food For Africa Restaurant

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Marinated chicken on a braai at Food for Africa Restaurant Marinated chicken on a braai at Food for Africa Restaurant

Have you noticed over the past few years that there has been a growing trend in most workplaces, of people eating sadza for lunch? We are moving slowly from queing for burgers and chips to the healthier option of sadza and nyama, on a daily basis. As Zimbabweans finally shift from the previous colonial mentality of being too shy to eat sadza at work, the demand for our staple food has increased from just having it at home for supper, to going out to buy it for lunch.

For the indigenous business man/woman, this has risen into an opportunity to sell sadza for at least $1 between 11am and 2pm daily. This appears to be booming business as by 2pm the sadza has run out in most outlets (or carboots!!), due to the high demand for this cheap lunch commodity. Unfortunately, now with the recent outbreak of cholera in 2008, and the present Typhoid alert, we have to be concerned about where we buy our food, particularly when we are not sure under what conditions it was prepared. Eatout recommends that you buy your food from a licensed restaurant or an establishment where health regulations are clearly followed.

We had an opportunity to visit Food For Africa at 50 Selous Avenue in the CBD. This is an outdoor restaurant, well sheltered from the often intense sunshine and rain, whose main focus is serving African food and selected popular fast food dishes.

The restaurant is owned and run by Faheem Majothi who is originally from South Africa, and his wife Farahnaz who is Zimbabwean-born. They have been running this Halaal restaurant for the past one and a half years, but now feel it is time for an official launch. This event is set to take place this month.

The menu consists of chicken and beef selections served with either chips or sadza. The chicken is barbequed on an open braai (tshisa nyama), and if you choose to go with beef, then you will be presented with the options of beef stew, beef kebab, T-Bone or rump. If you go on a Friday, the special also includes beef curry.

If you love traditional Zimbabwean food, then go for the Wednesday special where you will be able to order Sadza with your choice of mazondo (trotters), guru (tripe) or matumbu.

Being from South Africa, Faheem made sure to add to the menu, some South African favourites which are the boerewors roll, steak roll and the Jo'burger special as part of the take away food menu.

Although the food is priced at slightly higher than $1 for lunch, you will have the comfort of knowing that your food was prepared in a clean, licenced environment. Priced at between $2 and $4.50, these are still affordable lunch deals which the average working person can take frequent advantage of. In  fact, if you have just $1 to spend, you may buy a beef kebab, a beef lolly or two mince rolls! Look out for the dessert menu which is set to be released before the restaurant launch.

Food for Africa also features an onsite butchery from where you can buy Halaal meat to cook at home.

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