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Zest is great for functions and parties, and a very worthwhile stop if you’re travelling through the Lowveld on holiday.
Glorious breakfasts, scrumptious lunches and fine-dining dinners – Zest offers it all. GT and Lizelle Lundie create culinary art in the middle of the Lowveld and a visit is a real treat.
The large menu has something for everyone, but a classic is calamari chorizo with couscous, kimchi and spring onion. The tasty Cheek & Bone’ – slow-braised ox cheek, herb-roasted bone marrow, truffled pommes purée, crispy onions and bacon soil – is an interesting combination of ingredients, textures and flavours. Also on the menu are Moroccan chicken and a favourite: Ploughman’s platters with a selection of local pâté, meats, cheese, pickles and breads.
For those with a sweet tooth, delve into the chocolate fondant served with a white chocolate centre and pistachio ice-cream, or the more traditional malva pudding.
A fairly extensive wine list with very high-end offerings in all categories through to more entry-level sparkling, red and white wines. Beer and soft drinks are available too.
The service is friendly and professional with great attentional to detail. Booking is easy and efficient and staff are never without a smile.
Set in the foothills of Nelspruit, it’s a quick and pretty drive from the town. The restaurant itself is well put together and very comfortable. Breakfast and lunch are fairly low key, with the ambience heating up when the sun goes down.
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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.