Chakalaka – the lion sleeps tonight.
By Mark Andrews
City Weekend. 24/05/2007
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.
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