Zest at Kavinga

6 Reviews
Fine-dining food, French, Modern
Phone Number 0130070066 Opening Hours

Friday 12noon to 9.30pm; Saturday 9am to 9pm and Sunday 9am to 3pm

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R135 avg main meal
Fine-dining food, French, Modern
R55 (for wines they don't have)
R135 avg main meal
Groups, Special occasions, Views
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Child friendly, Dinner, Eat Out reviewed, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Smoking, Takeaways, Vegetarian, Wheelchair, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Hennie Fisher


To start, try a salad of carpaccio, cream cheese, apple, celery and balsamic crème. Other recommended starters are the tuna carpaccio, oxtail risotto, and a delicious gorgonzola tartlet with roasted butternut and caramelised onion, smoked tomato chutney, herb shoots, basil aioli and biltong soil.

Tasty options for mains include smoked pork neck stuffed with brandy-soaked prunes, hoisin pork and vegetable spring roll, and butternut fondant, as well as a duo of chicken breast stuffed with spinach, sun-dried tomato and feta, and confit chicken leg, potato Dauphinoise, and tomato and pearl onion ragout.

For dessert, don’t miss out on the almond brownie with peanut butter ice cream, meringue and toasted coconut shavings.


The comprehensive wine list shows careful thought, including a selection of champagnes, MCCs and Italian sparkling wines. Among the more exotic international wines is the delightful Spanish Marques de Riscal 2016, made from 100% verdejo grapes.


Chef and owner GT Lundi is passionate about training younger people. Proficient, enthusiastic young staff are happy to help ensure everything runs smoothly.


Inside it’s cool and elegant, while the outdoor area offers guests the privilege of eating in what must be some of the best weather in the world for outside dining – situated on a slight elevation, a cooling breeze tempers the scorching Mpumalanga heat.

Best for…

Beautiful views over avocado groves and some of Mbombela’s famous granite koppies. Just over the horizon, the Kruger, Mozambique and eventually the Indian Ocean await.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    I went for a breakfastmeeting at Zest, and ordered a South African take on the Eggs Benedict. It was superb. GT is a genius in the kitchen, and such a lovely person. I can't wait to go back for a luncheon.
    Everybody's favorite in Nelspruit! We have never had a personal dining, party, corporate catering or event experience that was not top class! The food is creative, suits every palate and always made to perfection... even the pricing of the meals are highly competitive compared to the decent portions served. Chef GT Lundie knows what he is doing. Nelspruit is lucky to have him.
    Your land line 013 742 2217 is not answered! Please try something. Regards

    Fantastic place, the chef was very kind as we asked for something off the menu and out came truffle rissoto with confit duck served with cripy baby onions. Thanks Alden, best rissoto! will come back again.

    Thank you very much to Pinneth our waiter. Your service was outstanding and commendable!

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