On a cool Sunday afternoon I was invited to a friends birthday lunch at the Gaborone Yacht Club and decided to take advantage of the outing to blog about the food there. It’s been on my to do list for some time now so the timing was perfect!
I’ve been there exactly once before for some drinks after work with friends. It was a while back though so this felt like a new experience again. Due to the fact that I don’t have a vehicle it’s a bit of a mission for me to get there. Even if you do have a car though the dust road leading to the club is not the best, very bumpy so your car will hate you but those that own 4×4’s won’t feel a thing. Cabs do go there as well but they will charge you a pretty penny because of the state of the road.
The club principle business is providing a place for those that may or may not own yachts/canoes etc to come sail, canoe or do some rowing on the dam. However there is also a restaurant, bar and pool. They take reservations and allow walk ins but you can also register to be a member. Non members have to pay at the gate by the the club, which sets you back about 25 pula. They have outdoor seating and fantastic views to keep you company. It is the only water body in Gaborone so it’s always a treat to go there.
Currently they have a winter menu which has soups and burgers. The menu is very simple and at first my friends and I were worried the simplicity meant bland food. We all ordered burgers, some went for the steak burger, others chicken and some went the beef route.
The burgers were awesome! Simple but well made. They came with no sauce but they weren’t dry. The buns were soft, lettuce and tomatoes were fresh and all the meat was tender. They provide sauces (tomato, sweet chilli, chilli and mustard) if you want to customize your burger. They are the perfect if you need a quick simple filling meal. No fuss, just simple and yummy.
Price wise it’s very reasonable, burgers alone are about 30-40 pula, for fries you pay an extra 5 pula. I’ve paid much more for burgers which tasted terrible. Drinks are also generally reasonable. Plus if you’re looking to save some money, they have happy hour on Wednesday and Friday evening.
I would definitely go there again. They open to the public on Wednesday and Friday from 5-10:30pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-5pm. On Saturdays the kitchen is closed but Sundays are perfect for a quiet lunch or late afternoon meal and a drink or two. Wednesdays and Fridays are mainly popular for the drinkers.