Braai in a box

Named af­ter town­ship venues where you buy your meat and cook it on an open fire, Ch­e­sanyama is the fastest grow­ing take­away fran­chise in the coun­try. It boasts ‘A-grade meats, flame-grilled’ with ‘se­cret tra­di­tional pap and sauce’. So, is the food any goo

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1Ch­e­sanyama is the per­fect spot when you want that tra­di­tional braai taste but don’t have time to get out the fire­lighters and coal.

Our or­der in­cluded a Meat Braai Box (pap, rel­ish, wors and brisket), a Braai Box (pap, rel­ish, chicken quar­ter and brisket), a Jumbo Burger with golden crispy chips, and the Easy Meal 1 with a Rus­sian and a help­ing of good ol’ crispy chips.

Ch­e­sanyama’s meat is of good qual­ity and well-pre­pared. Its best item is the pap and rel­ish. The only dis­ap­point­ing thing is its brisket – it’s as tough as old boots.

You’d think a fran­chise that spe­cialises in braai meat would be able to pro­duce a bet­ter chop.

Af­ter I’d tasted all the dishes, I’d rec­om­mend a Braai Box with pap, rel­ish, boere­wors and chicken. – Grethe Koen

2Sam­pling a va­ri­ety of meals from Ch­e­sanyama was a de­light, of sorts. I com­mend the out­let for its turn­around time, its value for money and friendly cus­tomer ser­vice. As we worked through the menu, the main prob­lem I came across was the steak. It’s so tough, it be­came a mis­sion to slice, let alone chew. I had to use my hands to tear the meat apart (need­less to say, the stan­dard­is­sue plas­tic knife-and-fork set failed).

For me, there was noth­ing to rel­ish about the wa­tery rel­ish. But then came the burger and the Rus­sian and chips. The juicy patty com­pletely took me by sur­prise. It was ten­der with the right amount of sauce and a soft and fresh bun. I wanted to fin­ish it off, but my over­stuffed stom­ach would not let me. – Siyabonga Sit­hole

3The Braai Box pap looked weird and square, but was ac­tu­ally okay – firm enough, cooked through and not salty.

The tomato rel­ish was good and tasted like real gravy with Knor­rox Chilli Beef stock cubes. Win!

The boerie was a bit pink, but was good-qual­ity meat and not dry.

The big­gest let­down was the over­cooked brisket, but the Braai Box with chicken had a de­li­cious mild mari­nade and the meat was cooked just right.

The burger was not a huge hit for me. Mainly be­cause I am not a fan of mayo in any­thing other than a tuna or chicken mayo sand­wich. The Rus­sian was spicy, salty and oily but de­li­cious. All round, Ch­e­sanyama served the per­fect slap chips – crispy out­side and soft in­side.

The ser­vice was friendly and su­per­fast, the food was fresh and the large por­tions are great value for money.

– Gugulethu Mh­lungu





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