Brea, CA, November 05, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- The California-Latin-inspired eatery spotlights locally grown produce, dishes roasted in a hardwood-fired oven, meats slow cooked on a rotisserie and cocktails made with fresh squeezed juices and seasonal fruit. The result is a cuisine in which quality, integrity and flavor are always emphasized.
“Our hope is to convey our appreciation for all types of Latin cuisine using the best local and regional ingredients available,” says Peter Serantoni, co-creator and managing partner. “The menu reflects lots of Latin influences – we’re not just one style but rather a celebration of lots of different cooking methods and flavor profiles.”
Cha Cha’s menu features traditional albeit diversely unique dishes, each artfully prepared and plated. Items are also affordably priced with appetizers ranging from $3.50 to $10.50 and entrees all under $17. Freshmade fire-roasted table salsas, including tomato, tomatillo, and fiery habanero hint to the rich natural flavors in every dish.
The appetizer offerings establish the bold culinary ideas that play a strong part in their flavor palate. Chicken Flautas are served with roasted corn, gaujillo chile, Oaxaca cheese with tangy mango-habanero salsa; Manila clams are sautéed with garlic and Spanish chorizo; and a wood-fired Queso Fundido with its blend of cheeses baked over a bed of chorizo, roasted potatoes, and pablano peppers all showcase the forward-thinking nature of the cuisine.
Their signature tacos, filled with a host of savory meats ranging from rotisserie free-range chicken to fresh fish, are directly inspired by Mexico’s City’s legendary street fare. Other conventional delights such as enchiladas, made-to-order guacamole, marinated carne asada, and savory skillet-baked carnitas, are all freshly prepared in their open kitchen.
A host of cooking methods is deployed in the preparation of their entrees; Salmon Vera Cruz is seared in a 550 degree wood-burning oven; the sea bass, shrimp and clams that are featured in their Seafood Caldo are baked in a traditional clay dish with toasted fideo and served in a saffron-smoked paprika broth; and their signature spit-roasted Jidori Chicken is marinated in Yucatan spices and served fresh off the restaurant’s giant rotisserie alongside fresh vegetables, homemade salsas, and organic corn tortillas. Tempting desserts made entirely from scratch are equally appealing such as Tres Leches Cake, Flan, and Cajeta Caramel Cheesecake.
Cha Cha’s dining experience is further enhanced by its status as being among the only Mexican restaurants in Orange County to utilize an open kitchen, allowing guests a clear view into the heart of the restaurant, which showcases a brick wood-burning oven and a classic spit-roasted rotisserie, also items that you will unlikely encounter in any other Mexican restaurant in the county.
Apart from its spacious and warmly lit main dining area, which includes comfortable booth seating and cozy banquettes, guests may dine al fresco with an equally spacious and heated patio overlooking the vibrant, pedestrian-friendly promenade. The lively adjacent Cha Cha’s lounge is yet another area where guests can dine or cozy up to the bar and enjoy a vast selection of premium tequilas and original handcrafted cocktails.
As with its cuisine, Cha Cha’s takes great pride in its offering of original handcrafted cocktails. From drinks such as the house Margarita and the Mango-Habanero, each are made using fresh-squeezed juices, homemade infusions and seasonal fresh fruits. Already considered a crowd favorite, the lightly frozen Platinum Mojito is a refreshing treat with Myers’s Platinum Rum, fresh squeezed lime juice, fresh mint leaves and a Sugarcane stick garnish. Those who enjoy a glass of vino will also delight in the variety of popular and boutique central coast, Spanish and South American wines.
The décor is succinctly in step with Cha Cha’s culinary philosophy of fusing traditional and modern elements. Both sensibilities are celebrated throughout the venue’s breezy space, as Steven Langford Architects have brilliantly combined bits of classic design motifs such as brick walls, rustic tiled floors, and deeply stained woods with cotemporary touches such as warm vibrant colors, custom chandeliers, and wrought iron. The constant flicker of classic black & white Mexican movies displayed against an artistically crafted wood-slat wall further define the space for its warmth and unique character.
Cha Cha’s Tacos & Tequilas is located at 110 W Birch St, Brea, CA 92821. Lunch is served from 11:30am Thursday - Sunday, and Dinner from 5pm Tuesday - Sunday. The lounge is open from 4pm Tuesday – Sunday. Happy Hour is served 4pm-7pm Tuesday – Friday and late night from 10pm-close Friday and Saturday. For reservations and additional information call 714.255.1040 or visit www.chachasbrea.com