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Chakalaka was a South African restaurant and bar in [[Locale Chiswick|Chiswick]]. As of January 2011, it was closed up with a notice saying that bailiffs had taken possession of the premises, and their [[Chakalaka, SW15 2SP|original branch in Putney]] has also since closed. The only remaining branch of Chakalaka is now in [[Locale South Wimbledon|South Wimbledon]], at 143-145 Haydon Road, SW19 1AN.
A South African restaurant and bar in [[Locale Chiswick|Chiswick]], opened at the start of November 2008. The original branch is in [[Locale Putney|Putney]].
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As of December 2011, the Chiswick premises are occupied by a branch of [http://www.chisourestaurant.com/ Chisou], a Japanese restaurant with branches in [[Locale Mayfair|Mayfair]] and [[Locale Knightsbridge|Knightsbridge]] — see [http://www.andyhayler.com/show_restaurant.asp?id=1054 Andy Hayler's review].
[[bob]] and some co-workers visited on a Wednesday lunchtime shortly after its initial opening. [[bob]] had the 25oz rump steak challenge (&pound;25) <small>[http://flickr.com/photos/rjw1/3004603339/ photo]</small> and comfortably ate it in under 25 minutes to get the free t-shirt. The steak was very good (certainly in my top 10 ever); cooked perfectly and obviously hung properly given the lack of blood. Jack was more than happy with his surf 'n' turf (&pound;17), while Magnus really enjoyed his springbok loin (&pound;18) <small>[http://flickr.com/photos/rjw1/3004606771/ photo]</small>.
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The information below is retained for people who want to know what it used to be like.
Coke was &pound;2.20 a bottle, and a small bottle of still water was &pound;2.
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A South African restaurant and bar in [[Locale Chiswick|Chiswick]], opened at the start of November 2008. The [[Chakalaka, SW15 2SP|original branch]] is in [[Locale Putney|Putney]].

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[[bob]] and co-workers visited on a Wednesday lunchtime in November 2008. [[bob]] had the 25oz rump steak challenge (&pound;25) <small>[http://flickr.com/photos/rjw1/3004603339/ photo]</small> and comfortably ate it in under 25 minutes to get the free t-shirt. The steak was very good (certainly in my top 10 ever); cooked perfectly and obviously hung properly given the lack of blood. Jack was more than happy with his surf 'n' turf (&pound;17), while Magnus really enjoyed his springbok loin (&pound;18) <small>[http://flickr.com/photos/rjw1/3004606771/ photo]</small>.
Accessibility: There are no steps to get to the restaurant area, but the bar is up a flight of stairs.
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[[Kake]], [[bob]], [[Northern Steve]], and Richard visited again on a Thursday evening later the same month. We hadn't booked, but there were plenty of tables free when we arrived around 7pm-8pm, and it didn't fill up much more throughout our visit. [[Kake]] wasn't overly impressed with the bread we were brought; the flavour was a bit too yeasty and the crumb was fragile, dense, crumbly, and squashy. My starter of marinated ostrich, mozzarella, and tomato salad was fine but not overly exciting, and the meat was fridge-cold.

Things got a lot better with the main course, though. Like my three companions, I went for the 8oz fillet steak (&pound;17), and [[bob]]'s previous assessment was proved right; it was good meat, cut nice and thick, and cooked just right &#8212; they had no problem doing it blue, and they managed to get a good flavour on the surface despite this. The crispy chips and green peppercorn sauce that I chose to go with it were good too. Service was friendly and cheerful, and they even comped us four generous glasses of dessert wine since they didn't have the full half-bottle that we'd asked for.

As of July 2009 they are now doing a loyalty card; every time you spend more than &pound;20 you get a stamp, which eventually leads to money off. They are also doing all you can eat ribs (choice of BBQ sauce or peri-peri sauce) for &pound;14 on weekday lunchtimes. On one visit [[bob]] had three racks and they were still offering to bring more. The ribs are pretty good, juicy and succulent. On one of these all-you-can-eat lunches, in July 2009, one of us also had a large mixed salad (&pound;6) which looked fresh and plentiful. Even though we had had all you can eat ribs some of us braved the desserts; as always, the malva pudding (&pound;5) was very good, and people also seemed to enjoy the death by chocolate (also &pound;5).

[[Kake]]'s verdict: I'd definitely come back. In fact I'd like to come back a couple of times, since not only do I want another one of those steaks, I'd also like to try some of the South African dishes on the menu.

Accessibility: There are no steps to get to the restaurant area, but the bar and toilets are up a flight of stairs.

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* [http://www.london-eating.co.uk/35303.htm London Eating comments]
* [http://www.hoorayforeverything.co.uk/index.php/2009/07/25/london-south-african-restaurant-review-chakalaka-chiswick/ Hooray For Everything review]
* [http://ptexpat.com/?p=913 PT Expat review]
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[bob]] and co-workers, 31 July 2009. Opening times taken from the Chakalaka website, November 2008.</div>
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<div class="last_visited">Last visited by [[bob]] and co-workers, 5 November 2008. Opening times taken from the Chakalaka website, November 2008.</div>
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A South African restaurant and bar in Chiswick, opened at the start of November 2008. The original branch is in Putney.

bob and some co-workers visited on a Wednesday lunchtime shortly after its initial opening. bob had the 25oz rump steak challenge (£25) photo and comfortably ate it in under 25 minutes to get the free t-shirt. The steak was very good (certainly in my top 10 ever); cooked perfectly and obviously hung properly given the lack of blood. Jack was more than happy with his surf 'n' turf (£17), while Magnus really enjoyed his springbok loin (£18) photo.

Coke was £2.20 a bottle, and a small bottle of still water was £2.

The premises is split over two levels; the ground floor is the restaurant while upstairs there is a lounge bar doing cocktails. The restaurant area can probably seat 30.

Accessibility: There are no steps to get to the restaurant area, but the bar is up a flight of stairs.

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Last visited by bob and co-workers, 5 November 2008. Opening times taken from the Chakalaka website, November 2008.

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