Gava’s Restaurant preserving Zim culture

Cultural foods also known as traditional dishes represent the traditions, beliefs and practices of a cross-cultural community as sadza is the staple food in Zimbabwe.

The flavor of your food is what most customers focus on when they are deciding what to eat. The way you engineer your menu can help build anticipation, and a good menu description could even convince a hesitant customer to try something new. With this in mind, the high culture restaurant, Gava’s, is playing a significant role in preserving the Zimbabwean culture through its traditional menu.

The diverse menu offers a variety of meals which are considered to be of Zimbabwean culture such as sadza rezviyo, maguru, hanga, goat meat, muriwo une dovi, green vegetables, beans, chicken stew and many more.

The restaurant which decided to take the path of cultural foods and a unique menu, has managed to attract people of all walks of life including celebrities and rich people such as Phillip Chiyangwa, Passion Java, Gemma Griffiths, El Gringo, Madam Boss and Lorraine Guyo amongst others.

Gava’s restaurant is located in Belgravia, Harare and has managed to maintain its high culture status by holding a live performance every Sunday with guest Afro Jazz musicians such as Feli Nandi and Mbeu.

The restaurant has made people enjoy the captivating environment with these several music performances and rich nourishing foods served.

The patrons call the meal at Gava’s, ‘sadza with soul.’

One of the customers, Joshua Gocha said he really enjoys the fire-cooked meals.

“I enjoy most meals at Gava’s Restaurant because they are well cooked, healthy and traditional. The place gives me a sense of amusement and belonging. A plate of sadza, beans and maguru or beans with beef bones justs makes my day,” he said.

Another regular customer, Vimbai Dzwiti said at Gavas Restaurant she enjoys the food because it’s traditional, less fatty and healthy.

“I like Gava’s Restaurant because it offers ‘sadza rezviyo’ which I usually eat during weekendss. At home we usually eat white sadza. I also like ‘muriwo une dovi’ which I eat with my goat meat and I enjoy it very well,” she said.

Traditional food is very nutritious and good for one’s health hence many Zimbabweans opt fast foods which is not good for the health.

Charmaine Brown

Charmaine Brown is 27 years old, media personnel. She studied Media and Society Studies (2017-2020) at Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. Charmaine had an internship at The Herald and presently is an entertainment journalist for My Afrika Magazine. She currently lives in Harare.

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