gava's logoIf you are a lover of traditional food and enjoy a lazy Sunday lunch outdoors then Gava’s restaurant is the place for you. Your older kids can play soccer on the bowling green while the younger ones enjoy the jumping castle letting you sit back and relax under the gentle shade of a marquee on a wooden pub-bench and watch the world go by with an ice cold drink.

Gava’s mission is to provide “Sadza with Soul” and if you are a visitor to Harare there are few other places where you can experience the essence of our sunny, laid-back city with fellow traditional food lovers from all walks of life. This no-frills, family eatery is located in the grounds of Belgravia Sports club and patrons can enjoy a relaxed, reasonably priced meal often accompanied by distant enthusiastic exclamations from the adjacent football pitch or the soft warbling of a local band.

Gava’s is open for lunch daily. For night-owls Gava’s is open in the evenings as a popular sports bar or dinner venue for theatre buffs from the nearby Reps theatre.

The menu contains many of Zimbabwe’s favourite dishes with a range of basic beef or chicken stews, grills, tender, tasty oxtail or succulent beef bones. Maguru (tripe), goat stew and guinea fowl are on offer for the true traditional foodies. All meals are accompanied by beans and vegetable relish and a choice of staples including maize or sorghum sadza, brown rice cooked with peanut butter or chips. Meal prices range between $6 and $12.

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Anna Brazier
Anna Brazier is the editor of Naturally Zimbabwean. She was born in Zambia but has lived most of her life in Zimbabwe. She has a BSc in Ecology and an MSc in Sustainable Development and works as a consultant promoting sustainable agriculture, nutrition, traditional foods and community resilience in Africa and beyond. She lives in Harare with her husband and three children.

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    • There is a recipe for rotis made from millet. I will post some recipes for other breads when I find some.

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