With my spouse away for a 6-week assignment and myself tired of my own cooking, I wandered into the Amanzi complex (I had heard the food at Amanzi restaurant is fantastic). Luckily I ended up on The Shop Cafe side. I was a bit confused about how things operated (it was around 1:30 pm on a Saturday and the place was packed), but the owner/chef sorted me out and explained that I could order a drink and wait for my turn to go to the buffet table. I asked him for the wi-fi password and he laughed, saying he had no use for computers and didn't know but quickly rounded up a member of staff who got me started. Although I had work to do (hence, the laptop and wi-fi), watching the other guests was quite entertaining. After being served very tasty hummus and tortilla chips, I was told it was my turn at the buffet. The owner kindly offered to watch my laptop and chat with two friends at the next table. I could not believe the beautiful spread on offer, took a bit of everything and loved it all. The baked tomatoes stuffed with some sort of cheese were the best, although it was hard to choose. I started chatting with the owner's friends, learned one works in three of the countries I often find myself in (Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda) and we exchanged some of our more humorous adventures in these places. The owner showed up and told me I was interfering with his friends' meal which "was getting warm" (the buffet's dishes were all cold) in a jocular fashion. All in all, a great place in which to lose oneself at mid-day and eat perhaps the best food in Harare.
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