CHAKALAKA sounds kinda funky. So does Biltong (pictured above) – the kind of speciality the NQ’s new South African themed bar and kitchen will be serving up in a former tattoo parlour on Oldham Street.
Where once Holier Than Thou wielded the needles at 105a the new venue is serving up Wors sausage, Roosterkoek (hot bread balls) and the more recognisable Biltong, the dried and cured meat snack that puts your teeth to the test.
The name Chakalaka comes from a spicy tomato, chilli and bean relish, usually served alongside Pap Balls (real name), balls of deep fried maize filled with cheese. Now that sounds more fun.
Expect too South African beers such as Castle and Windhoek (from £3.50), homemade ginger beer and SA-inspired cocktails (all £7.50) such as the Amarula Spice (Amarula, mango, chilli), Amalekerlelicious (brandy, peach schnapps, lemon, cranberry) and the Mampoer Margarita (Mampoer brandy, triple sec, lime).
There will be drinks offers from Sunday to Thursday including their ‘Wheel of Life’, which runs from 4pm-8pm, giving punters the chance to win extra drinks.
The bar will be donating 5p to the Mayor’s Homelessness Fund for every pint of their own brand lager, ‘Chakalager’ sold.
Chakalaka, 105a Oldham Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1LW. 0161 258 5188