Chakalaka – the lion sleeps tonight.

By Mark Andrews

City Weekend. 24/05/2007

Review of Chakalaka a South African restaurant that was situated in the Redtown area of Shanghai. No longer open.

Having only eaten boerewors before I really didn’t know what to expect from Shanghai’s only South African restaurant. A lunch time visit served up a reasonable selection of sandwiches and burgers. The peri-peri chicken sandwich (Y35) provided spicy char-grilled breast but the wholewheat bread was soggy from the salad dressing. For dinner the mains have a definite African feel. Boerewors, a kind of spicy sausage, was only available as a starter skewered with mango (Y30), but was a reasonable rendition. Bobotie (Y68) a slightly sweet and spicy dish of minced beef with sultanas and apricots under a baked custard was satisfying. A lamb curry (Y72) looked unappetizing but was an original take on a curry. The food is largely quite tame on the game, where is the ostrich and crocodile? Despite having South African wines the house wine is Australian (Y38/glass). It is in a former factory, with a few painting of Africa, in an area which has yet to catch on.

Unfortunately I cannot find an electronic version of this article.

Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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