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“Great meal”
Review of Balaka

Balaka
Ranked #77 of 209 Restaurants in Woking
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Woking, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great meal”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

We were warmly welcomed and the fact that part of our group arrived quite a bit later than the others was well managed. They were very understanding of the catering needs of the young boy we had with us. The food was tasty and cooked to perfection. Altogether a lovely evening.

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
Woking, United Kingdom
1 review
“Disappointed.”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Staff not customer oriented. Defensive instead of understanding.
Food taste ok.
Unlikely to visit again by owm choice.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank aditij123
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Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not impressed”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

We have been here once before and found the service and food great, sadly not last night.
We had to wait to be seated for a while, as the staff thought chatting to the takeaway orders people more important. We were shown to a tiny table for two and when we asked to be seated at a larger table (there were at least 9 empty tables) we were told the had all already been booked (nobody ever arrived during our time there).
The service was very sporadic. If the restaurant had been busier, we could have understood, but there were only 5 other tables being used. When the food eventually arrived, (I'd ordered the lamb chop) it looked great but was only warm, my partners food was tasty and hot. I managed to get just 3 forks of meat out of four chops, the rest was sauce covered bone and gristle.
We got the bill after waiting for ages, no hand towels offered, so had to ask again. The money was whisked away quick enough but no change returned or receipt.... I hate it when restaurants expect the change to be their tip especially when there hadn't been any customer service anyway.
We just walked out and were ignored by the staff. We won't be returning or spending our hard earned money here.
The owner/manager has said on our previous visit that they were keeping the restaurant running during their expensive renovations so they wouldn't be losing their great team, sadly they seem to have given up.
Wished we'd not bothered to waste a birthday and new job celebration meal there.

  • Visited August 2013
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Very Late, but fairly tasty”
Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Ordered a delivery. Was told it would take 30 to 40 minutes. Took an hour longer than that. Kinda ruins the evening when that happens. Once the food arrived it was warm and fairly tasty, not the best or worst I've had by any means. If they can sort out the timings (delays like that shouldn't happen mid-week with no phone calls to explain what's going on) then I'd consider giving them 3 stars...

Visited July 2013
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Thank H G
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Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Food great but need to finish decorating”
Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

Food always good and the service is pleasant and efficient but they really do need to finish decorating. The walls at the back of the restaurant need to be finished!!

Visited June 2013
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Thank Denise H
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