South African Cuisine Comes to Chiswick

Chakalaka takes on old Mow's site in Barley Mow Passage

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The latest addition to the Chiswick restaurant scene is Chakalaka, a specialist South African restaurant, which has taken over the site formerly occupied by Mow's on Barley Mow Passage.

Animal prints already adorn the outside of the premises. They claim to be one of the few truly authentic South African restaurants in London and a variety of unusual animals are likely to be on the menu including springboks.

They aim to cater both for the homesick South African and adventurous locals. The restaurant is decorated with brightly coloured walls accented in funky zebra stripes, tribal paintings and artefacts.

The wine list features a parade of South African bottles with many under £20.

The Chiswick opening is the second for the group which already has a restaurant in Putney. It is named after a traditional spicy tomato and onion salsa.'s opening night review will be published in next weekend's newsletter.


November 2, 2008