If you’re ever looking for a place to spend a fun Sunday at, look no further than Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen in Brea. On Sundays, the restaurant comes alive with the sounds of Sombra Quieta, a Latin trio belting out lively songs with their upbeat music to brighten your day. Some people even get up to dance in between courses!
I came here one such Sunday with my girlfriends and spent a few hours enjoying brunch and sipping on delicious cocktails. Classic Margaritas ($7.95 pictured right) is strong but the housemade sweet and sour is awesome making my mouth pucker a little. Mango Habanero ($8.95 pictured left) was fruity but devilishly strong and it took only one of these for me to feel that headiness seeping in.
My favorite was the Cha Cha Margarita ($9.50), strong, but disguised by all the ingredients including ruby red grapefruit juice.
A basket of chips are brought to the table with two types of salsa. I loved the tomatillo salsa and they brought these just in time as the cocktails were seriously messing with me by now. I needed to EAT!
We started with Wood Fired Queso Fundido ($8.50) , a blend of cheeses, melted over potatoes and poblano peppers, served with tortillas which you can wrap the cheesy concoction with chunks of chorizo in. So tasty but so sinfully rich!
Shrimp Ceviche ($10.95) arrived in a terracotta dish with shrimp marinated in fresh orange and lime juices, Serrano chiles, red onions and Haas avocado chunks. I loved this and could possibly polish an entire order off by myself — EASILY!
If you like crispy things, then Chicken Flautas ($14.95) may definitely be your thing. Fresh chicken, roasted corn, guajillo peppers, Oaxacan cheese are stuffed inside crisp flour tortillas and topped with mango habanero sauce. Kids will love them, but you might want to ask for the sauce on the side if the kids are eating these even though I didn’t think the sauce was spicy at all.
I’m a sucker for poached eggs so Cha Cha Hash and Poached Eggs ($15.50) definitely caught my eye. Roasted chicken, poblano peppers and potatoes are baked in the restaurant’s clay oven with cheese and fresh tomatillo sauce on top. The poached eggs are the piece de resistance of the dish.
Those not wanting breakfast items can try Fresh Mahi Mahi ($19.95), a generous portion of fish pan roasted, served with sauteed calabasitas, or squash, and fresh corn with a lime herb vinaigrette.
Alternatively, meat lovers can indulge in Wood Oven Carnitas ($17.95) slow braised marinated pork, with achiote onion, fresh salsas black beans, rice and corn tortillas.
For those of us on the breakfast streak, Chorizo Scramble Souffle ($14.50) was a light and fluffy egg dish with fresh chorizo sauteed with Yukon Gold potatoes, green chiles, Mexican cheeses baked in the wood fired brick oven and ends up on the table resembling the texture of souffle. You can eat it with tortillas or on its own low carb style!
All the portions are pretty big and I suggest sharing everything to maximize the things you can taste. This is a great place to spend with family or friends but make sure you call ahead and reserve a table because they get busy!
For an opportunity to try Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen, enter in this week’s giveaway for one of THREE $20 giftcards to visit them. Just leave me a comment with your FULL name for one chance to win, or, for an additional chance, “like” Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen’s Facebook page and diary of a Mad Hungry Woman’s Facebook fanpage and leave me another comment letting me know you’ve done that. GOOD LUCK! As usual, entries close on Sunday and winners are announced on Monday.
Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
110 W Birch Street
Brea, CA 92821