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“Great eatery at anytime of day”
Review of Zest Restaurant

Zest Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 85 Restaurants in Nelspruit
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: A visit to Zest will not only tantalise your taste buds, but spoil you with a visual feast of sweeping Lowveld panoramas with a charming country feel. The restaurant is situated on a farm in the hills above Nelspruit – about fifteen minutes from the centre of town – and is surrounded by large peaceful gardens with spectacular views of the Mpumalanga bushveld.
Grand Gaube
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great eatery at anytime of day”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Zest is a great restaurant and serves great breakfast (try the Eggs Bennidict), lunch and dinner and has a very good wine list. We stayed at the Mercure and ate breakfast here, much cheaper and a high quality. We never had a problem with staff and the manager was always available to make sure we were being seen too.
Oh and they do a great line in milkshakes too.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank SimonCole
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  • Dutch first
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Maputo
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69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“This restaurant needs to be managed”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

It is such a shame, that the service is so bad and you have to be lucky to get a fresh meal. The restaurant looks modern and inviting, but that is where it ends. We have dined here a few times and the food has always let us down. The roast chicken tastes old and bland. The soups taste like they are canned. The bread is stale. Very disappointing.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank estherMaputo
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Gauteng, South Africa
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94 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Rude female waiter”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Went for breakfast on a Monday morning early in July 2013. We had a rude female waiter. From the start she was annoyed with us. Very abrupt, not a single smile and "just there". The food was mediocre. Expensive for quality. I will not visit again.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Oceangypsey
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GT L, Owner at Zest Restaurant, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Hi there. We are sorry that you had such a bad experience with a member of our staff. Unfortunately, these kind of issues cannot be addressed if not brought to our attention immediately - and you therefor left the restaurant unhappy, which is a pity. The entire experience could have been swung around had we known, which would probably have made the food less mediocre. Kind regards, GT
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Rudest waiter!”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

I went to Zest last year in December, and experienced terrible service. The waiter took the wrong order and when the food came out he started shouting at me in Siswati (this is not my home language, and it was very unprofessional of him to assume it was). He claimed that I had pointed to the wrong item on the menu and refused to fix the order. I would have let this go and attribute the whole bad experience to bad training; but to my amazement the manager of the restaurant stood and watched all the commotion at a distance, and did not venture to come and sort it out. I am appalled by this service, and I hope that in future customer service will become a priority for this management team.

  • Visited December 2012
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4 Thank Simphiwe H
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GT L, Owner at Zest Restaurant, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Dear Simphiwe. Your review came so long after the incident, that it is hard to take any action. Please accept my sincerest apologies for the situation, and please visit us again at our brand new Zest just 10km out of town. Kind regards, GT
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Nelspruit, South Africa
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“JJB”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Great food, great setting, excellent service. Been here quite a few times... always a good experience. Definately a place to consider when in Nelspruit.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Koosb
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