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R 740 - R 3 791
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 11 January 2024

We ate here 2 nights consecutively as being vegetarian we had virtually no other options in Upington and the Trip Advisor reviews seemed positive. The location is good, bang on the main street with parking outside. Being part of hotel chain, I’d describe the interior...as standard. For Southern Africa, surprisingly there are 2 or 3 veggie options. The first night we ordered pizzas which took 80 minutes to arrive and edible. The second night, we ordered veggie burgers, 20 minutes after ordering we were informed the veggie burgers were out of stock so we ordered the default pasta. We asked for a description of Jerigo mushroom sauce, the waitress told me it was a sauce with mushrooms, we asked what made their green mayo green, the waitress didn’t know, and didn’t ask the chef. We ordered 2 pasta dishes with different sauces. When they eventually arrived, both dishes had the same sauce, and no Italian bread roll as advertised. I asked the waitress about the sauces, so told me it’s the chef who decides ! The waitress was really pleasant but quite useless. On both nights the place was not busy, never more than 3 other tables, I can only think it’s down to a lack of training. I explained to the waitress that I wanted to leave a tip, but due to the service, I can’t reward poor service, she told me it’s always the chefs fault. This place has an interesting menu, but is let down by the management.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 January 2024

Too bad it is in a "cold hotel atmosphere" but service is absolutely perfect and the food excellently prepared.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 25 February 2023

Amazing food and great value especially for British people due to the exchange rate. The steak and park main courses in particular were delicious. The staff friendly and efficient.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 12 January 2023

We were in Upington on X-mas eve, on our way to Namibia. It was the only restaurant that was open, so we were very excited to find this little gem. It has a modern, vibey atmosphere. They whipped up a vegan pasta for my husband...and I had the chicken schnitzel. Very generous portions and friendly staff. The service was a bit slow, but being unannounced on X-mas eve, I cannot really complain. We had a very enjoyable evening. Thank you!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 30 November 2022

Never ever disappoint. Great atmosphere and service and the food is always perfect. A variety to choose from. Lot's of creativity and local flavors.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 11 September 2022 via mobile

Delicious food and excellent service. We ate here three times during our visit. Highly recommend the Panna Cota, Line fish, arrancini and crab cakes.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 July 2022

I just loved my meal here. My steak was just excellent and so was the wine. The service was also polished. I enjoyed the kudu carpaccio. I highly recommend it.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 9 May 2022

We had breakfast here with a group of friends. We loved the menu options and the service was great. Will visit again.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 19 April 2022

We think the red ox is a nicer place but the food at Zest is at least as good and the service is much better. Our waiter was good enough to work at the Paris Ritz! And so yes, excellent food.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 30 August 2021

This is a lovely restaurant and a gem in the town of upinton. The device was lovely and the food was out of this world. I had a bone marrow burger and it was to die for. Definitely a place you must go and try.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 17 December 2020 via mobile

As from reference from The Maxton Boutique Hotel, who made the order for us... Wow Wow food! Food was tasty scrumptious delicious, tickled the taste buds... Exactly what is was craving. Next time we will visit for sit down meal!

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 26 October 2020 via mobile

Zest is the best and most obvious eating place in this town which offers the alternative of the usual boring franchises. We went two nights running, mainly because there was nowhere else open on a Sunday, and had a most pleasant time in a clean...cool environment. The staff are pleasant although the kitchen is a little slow. We ate kingklip, calamari and hake all surprisingly good given the location. Situated in the the Protea Hotel on a main street, parking was easy and safe.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 30 September 2020

What a stunning restaurant! The entire setting is very upmarket yet cosy too. The food selection and presentation was magnificent. All round one of the best food experiences in Upington

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 6 August 2020

I recently had dinner at Cafe Zest in its new location in the Upington Hotel. I ordered a sirloin stake with salad. The meal was disappointing. The meat was over cooked and the accompanying salad a very poor attempt at dishing up a small Greek...salad (no sauce, not enough core ingredients, skimpy, tasteless). The food was however reasonably priced (not expensive), but the service mediocre with the waiter disappearing at times and not attentive at all. The interior of the restaurant is modern, but not cosy - more typical of a hotel restaurant.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 20 February 2020

Busy evening but we had been advised to book, so we did and thus had a table in the courtyard. Great local lamb well (rare) cooked and good vino made for a lovely evening.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Zest has a good home page - it's probably five minutes in a car. I suggest you use a car or a taxi (even though it is only 1K)
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
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