Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Shisa Nyama at Chilleks

The word shisa nyama means burned meat in Zulu and a Shisa Nyama refers to a township restaurant or tavern where they serve mainly braaivleis (barbequed meat for those who don't know what a braai is).  In most case the Shisa Nyama will have a butchery attached to it so you have a choice of ordering whatever off the menu or choose your meat from the fridge before it gets braai'd by the establishment's braaimaster for you. Everybody knows Shisa Nyamas like Mzoli's Place in Cape Town, Panyaza in Soweto and Max's in Durban, but at the recent Nando's Shisa Nyama Championship a Port Elizabeth establishment kicked dust in all the big boys eyes, walking away with the honours.  I've been to Chilleks in Walmer Township a couple of times before and I can vouch for their food.  These guys know how to braai.  They may not be as big or busy as Mzoli's but you are assured of getting good shisa nyama.  My last visit was with a group of travel bloggers and on our menu was lamb and pork chops with their magic basting, chicken wings, tomato boerewors (sausage), pap, chakalaka (a South African vegetable relish, usually spicy) and chips, washed down with a couple of quarts beer.  I will be back soon.


  1. That looks so tasty. Yours was the last braai I've enjoyed.

  2. Chilapalapa/ Fanagalo: Cheesa/chisa = burned or hot

  3. That looks soooo good! Reminds me of the Brazilian Churrascarias that we have.