This roadside haven lies along the Great North road on the outskirts of Kabwe as you drive toward Lusaka. I stopped by on my way back home after seeing the Northern Trifecta. The Fig Tree seemed to be quite a popular spot as there were usually vehicles parked here when I drove passed it on previous occasions. So, I took the opportunity to see and taste what they had to offer.
The Fig Tree has a cool craft market next to the main building where guests can make their orders and also purchase some fresh farm produce. True to its farmhouse roots, this spot has a large chalk board where the menu is updated from time to time, based on the seasonal foods available. However, they consistently serve the following staples; burgers, wraps, pies, toasted sandwiches and some of the best cake I have eaten in a while. The facility has some seating on the inside and a large sitting area outside where guests can observe social distancing and enjoy a cold beverage as they wait for their food.
I decided to order the beef burger with cheese and a piece of coffee cake. I also took a peep at the farm produce and picked up some fresh double cream which made me visualise all the yummy cheesy things I could do. Look out for my post on what I eventually decided to do with the double cream cheese.
The burger was prepared and served in under 20 minutes and it tasted so good! It was pretty fresh and well balanced, it tasted like a home prepped burger. The minced beef was extremely tasty with a subtle mix of spring onion and seasoning. The Fig Tree placed a deep fried onion ring in the burger, which I felt added a wonderful crunch to the burger, and the cheese was quite creamy but not overpowering. I was surprised to find there was only one sauce on the burger, no mayonnaise or ketchup but it was still oozing from the juices in the beef patty and the melted cheese. This burger was just a simple combination of a beef patty, a freshly baked bun, deep fried onion rings, cheese, tomatoes and what looked like rocket. In some cases, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and this is one of those cases.
I did not get around to taking a photograph of the coffee cake as I gobbled it all and only realised afterward that I had not documented it, YES, it was that good 😅. The cake was rich and tasted like a slice of caffeine heaven, I especially liked that it was not excessively sweet. I really enjoyed my food and I think the Fig Tree’s proximity to source is a great contributor to the quality and organic taste of their food. If you are ever on the Great North road driving between Lusaka and Kabwe, I highly recommend this spot to fill your tummy 👌🏽.
Price: $ $ $