The Wyndham Hotel, on Dianchi Lu does a good buffet, or so I have been told.
I was also told that there is a Brazilian BBQ in/near the Aegean Mall, on Guangfu Lu, 68rmb.
Intercontinental is very expensive, I think 360 rmb, but stand to be corrected. Also, if you don't drive you may want a taxi as it is not too conveniently located.
There also used to be an American buffet restaurant in Nanya Shopping Mall, on floor 4 or 5. It was about 250 rmb, but that was 3 years ago.
In the markets now, Kumquats-金橘 (Jīn jú) (gold orange).
These are the tiny oranges about 2cm diameter. No need to peel, just wash and eat. Also good for making jam, for those who can do that.
A good source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids. According to TCM, good for stimulating appetite and aiding digestion. Also good for the vascular system, cutting cholesterol and reducing blood pressure.
The season for fresh kumquats is quite short, but they are very cheap (10rmb/Kg). This is followed by a period of kumquats preserved in sugar, but these are much more expensive.
Mugabe had been there too long, and some of his later policies had hurt the economy, and the people. Hopefully the transition to new leadership will remain peaceful, things will settle down quickly to the new status quo, and the economy will get back on track towards growth and prosperity for the people of Zimbabwe. Hopefully.
Echo everything said by others.
Breakfast great and the serve from 8am. Most other places say 9am and they still are not ready.
Sandwiches are cheap 22-32, and really packed full of filling. We got some sandwiches for a day out, the only mistake I made was ordering two, as this was too much. These are seriously good sangars, and they are wrapped in alu foil.
In fairness to Metro, they are a wholesalers, and not really a supermarket. Hence the need for a card, which can be got around.
They have improved in the year I have been away. They now carry a more consistent range of imported foodstuffs and they also seem to have sorted out the mported milk supply.
They have a wider range of electrical appliances now, there is a coice of more than one toast. There is also a better range of seasonal non foods, like clothes, shoes, garden furniture and camping gear.
Quirky little store with all sorts of odditites in stock, which is a big plus for me. I see stuff I had forgotten I even liked.
A bit dearer than some other places, but any small independant trader will cost more than the nationals, even back home.
On the up side it will save you driving around the city, and that will save you money.
No shop is perfect, but this one is very good. A bit like those slightly odd little delis/specialty shops back in Blighty.